What do you miss?

first_imgSolochek:?After this weekend’s spring football game, we will enter a strange void in collegiate athletics that many other schools don’t experience.While most universities have a baseball team to appease their appetites during the first few months of spring, at Wisconsin, we must look onto the next thing, which is football season.The spring football game only gives us a taste of the football season we have known to come to love in the fall. The game day atmosphere, the rush walking into Camp Randall and the sounds of a football Saturday are unparalleled and sorely missed during the dog days of summer when we cannot get our fill of Badger sports.Sure, many may long for basketball season, but when the Grateful Red first congregates at the Kohl Center, it means winter is approaching, a season we dread as much as losing the Paul Bunyan’s axe to our neighbors to the north.But the rivalries and traditions football brings are unparalleled. No other sport has a following that football has. Many people make a day out of a football Saturday, while most other sports on campus take up a few hours. There is no other event that requires as much preparation, whether it be cooking or otherwise, than football.?As the professional baseball season begins, we must remember the first game day is just a few months away and will be the most anticipated event on campus this fall.Braun:?Ben, I like football as much as anybody, but when the grass is green and the birds are chirping, somehow, I miss the ice.Well not really. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a cold climate guy, but when it comes to sports I wish were still around right now, call me Iceman.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team playing through adversity all year long was a thrill to watch game after game. NHL-bound defenseman Jamie McBain dazzled throughout the entire season, and we saw a team go from the cellar of the WCHA to a near miraculous comeback into the NCAA Tournament.That was great, but don’t forget the women.Possibly the best team in Wisconsin history, the UW women’s hockey team dominated everybody. They didn’t face adversity like the men did, but who cares? When you win the national championship, I think that makes up for the lack of competition.Senior goaltender Jessie Vetter swept pretty much every award, including the Patty Kazmaier, which makes her the best player in women’s hockey.Seriously, when was the last time we had the best player in any sport? Oh yeah, Ron Dayne. In the year 1999. If you want to talk about football, then those are the years I miss, not this past year’s excuse of a football team.So the spring football game is right around the corner, but while we might long for the hours of pre-noon drinking and slow motion wave, just remember what we’re actually missing — success. That’s hockey, and that’s something I can’t wait for.?last_img read more

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Antwoine Anderson shines in crowded depth chart as Connecticut grad transfer

first_imgAnderson believed Fordham’s outlook was bright when he committed there. But the victories never came. Fordham only finished above .500 once, going 17-14 in Anderson’s redshirt sophomore season of 2015-16. The team never made the NCAA Tournament while Anderson was there.For his final collegiate season, Anderson chose UConn in large part because he believed the Huskies would have a chance to make the Big Dance.“The biggest thing for me is I wanna go to the NCAA Tournament,” Anderson said. “And to the NBA after this season.”On-ball defending is the first trait UConn head coach Kevin Ollie brought up about Anderson. Some of the traits Anderson brings to the floor “can’t be measured,” Ollie said.“The experience and leadership he brings to the team and his poise in hectic moments,” Ollie said, “are very important to us.”UConn has plenty of options for late-game offense, including Adams, its leading-scorer. But Anderson said that if the game is on the line, he’ll be lobbying with Ollie in the huddle to let him take the last shot.“Of course, always, that’s the shot I want to take,” Anderson said.When asked if he thinks Ollie will let him take it, he laughed: “Of course.”CORRECTION: Fordham’s place in the Patriot League was misstated. Fordham competes in the Patriot League only in football. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on December 4, 2017 at 10:45 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ A 6-foot-2 guard, Anderson was mostly recruited by low-major Division I schools out of Bishop Kearney (New York) High School. Niagara, Boston University and James Madison extended him scholarship offers, he recalled, but he eventually chose Fordham due to its strong business school and the potential upside he saw in the program.After his redshirt freshman season for the Rams, Anderson’s head coach left and the new one told Anderson he’d never play for him, Anderson said. He stayed and turned into one of the team’s best players, averaging the most minutes (33.6) on the team last year.Neubauer and the Fordham coaching staff declined to comment for this story.Now, Anderson runs the point at Connecticut, which has won four NCAA championships since 1999. He’s part of a crowded backcourt that also features Jalen Adams, Alterique Gilbert and Christian Vital. As a graduate transfer, Anderson plays 33.6 minutes a game and averages 10.3 points per contest.“I figured that I would play all four years at Fordham,” Anderson said. “So for me to have this opportunity is amazing and very exciting for me.”College offers wouldn’t come until Anderson embraced playing hard. Anderson spent his early years of high school occasionally questioning what he was asked to do instead of just doing it, then-Bishop Kearney head coach Jon Boon said. He’d had his moments on the AAU circuit, including locking down Andrew Harrison, who eventually starred at Kentucky, in the summer prior to Anderson’s senior year. But the fully engaged Anderson wasn’t on display at all times.His senior year, though, everything clicked. When Boon yelled at his lefty point guard to do something, Anderson did it. The 2012-13 Bishop Kearney team featured Thomas Bryant, who starred at Indiana University and now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Chinonso Obokoh, who played at Syracuse. That season, the Kings won the New York Public High School Athletic Association title in class AA, the largest in the state. Boon credited Anderson as the reason the team won the championship.“He was the glue that kept everything together that year,” Boon said.The college decision for Anderson was drawn out until the end of the postseason run, but in the end, the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham enticed him enough to become a Ram.After redshirting his first year due to academic ineligibility, Anderson played just more than 18 minutes per game in his redshirt freshman season. Then, Fordham fired head coach Tom Pecora, who had recruited Anderson, after a 10-21 season. Fordham hired Jeff Neubauer, who told his inherited point guard he’d never be able to play for him, Anderson said.When Anderson came home the summer after Neubauer’s hiring in 2015, he contemplated transferring. But he decided to stay. This was a personal challenge.“I just wasn’t going to let somebody tell me I wasn’t going to be able to play for them, ever,” Anderson said. “I wanted to go and fight for a spot.”Back at Fordham, Anderson intended to prove himself. Neubauer’s “a big defense guy,” Anderson said, so his standout on-ball pressure in practice helped him earn playing time. Anderson eventually led the team in minutes in his redshirt junior season under Neubauer.Anderson won Neubauer games with his offense, too. Against VCU on January 18, Fordham was tied in overtime until Anderson pulled up at the top of the key, faded away and won the game. Just a couple weeks later, Anderson pulled up from 3-point land in double overtime against St. Joe’s and walked-off once again. UPDATED: Dec. 6, 2017 at 6:25 p.m.Last spring, two colleges courted Antwoine Anderson aggressively. He had just completed his redshirt junior season at Fordham and had been granted a release to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere.Seton Hall guaranteed Anderson would play 35 minutes a game, he said. All that Anderson saw at Connecticut, which also wanted him, was a depth chart featuring three strong guards. As he’s done all his life in basketball, Anderson took the challenge.“I didn’t want it to be easy,” Anderson said.Anderson chose UConn (6-2). He and his Huskies teammates take on Syracuse (6-1) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The responsibility of guarding one or both of Syracuse’s leading scorers, Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, will likely fall to Anderson, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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