Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Live Blog: WBB @ Marquette

Happy New Year's Eve! I'm kicking off my celebration of the past year at the Al McGuire Center on the Marquette campus, where I will be providing a Live Blog of the Panthers' showdown with the cross-town rival Golden Eagles.

The Live Blog link is here

The tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. So, you have plenty of time to make it down here for the game. Fifty-six minutes to tip and plenty of seats are still available.

If you don't want to leave your house, but down want to miss a minute of action, you can flip your television over to channel 32 on Time Warner Cable or turn your radio dial to 920 AM and catch all the action with Scott Warras. And, as always, an added bonus, you will be treated to some classic country music after the game (Consider it my New Year's gift to you... or at least Clear Channel's gift).

But, should you like to do all things internet...

Follow Gametracker here

Scott's voice is carried all over the world and back via think link here

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Live Blog: MBB at UIC

The Panthers return from an extended holiday break with a contest at UIC tonight and I'll have a live blog from courtside at the UIC Pavilion.

You can follow the live blog here.

We actually haven't left Milwaukee yet but will be hitting road a little after 1:30. The Panthers have been back at practice since the afternoon of Dec. 26 and are eager to get another game under their belt. While there is a break again until Saturday, that game will kick off an abundantly busy stretch of contests for the Panthers, who will have gone from the current total of 11 games played to a total of 18 games by the time we hit 9 pm or so on Jan. 17 - that's less than three weeks from now.

As always, here are a few links to check out in advance of tonight's game ...

UWM notes here.
UIC notes here.
Journal Sentinel coverage here.
Gametracker here.
Live audio with Bill Johnson here.
Live video here.

I should note that for those of you who are planning to watch the game online or via ESPN Full Court anywhere around the country, the broadcast there will be the UIC TV broadcast courtesy of Lakeshore Public Television. The UWM broadcast with Daron Sutton and Jason Clark will be seen only on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 in Wisconsin.

Plenty more to come once we are in Chicago.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Live Blog: WBB vs. Evansville

One more game, then the holidays. I will be live courtside for Milwaukee's showdown with Evansville tonight at the Klotsche Center. Plenty of seats still available if you have nothing else going on. Otherwise, sit back and wonder at the amazement of modern technology.

Tip-off is 7 p.m.

The blog is available here.

For some fancy internet radio, catch Scott Warras here. For "snail radio" (doesn't have the same ring as "snail mail"), turn your dials to AM 920 The Wolf. Keep it there if you likes you some country music.

Gametracker is here.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Bradley

I will again be courtside at the U.S. Cellular Arena as the Panther men take on Bradley tonight at 7 p.m.

The game is a return contest from last year's BracketBusters matchup in Peoria.

You can view the live blog here.

UWM game notes are here.
Bradley game notes are here.
Additional Bradley coverage from the Peoria Journal Star is here.
Gametracker is here.
Bill Johnson's audio call is here.
Horizon League Network video is here.
The latest North Pole, er, Milwaukee weather is here.
But paradise is just a click away.

I'll have a few additional pregame notes as part of the live blog as we get closer to tipoff, which is set for 7:05 pm.

Live Blog: WBB vs. Central Michigan

I'm courtside once again with a live blog coming to you live from courtside at the Klotsche Center. The Panther women are hosting Central Michigan in the second half of a home-and-home with the Chippewas.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Here is the live blog.

If you would like to listen to Scott Warras with the call, and I know you do, click here or tune your radio to The Wolf, 920 AM.

To supplement your blog experience, the Gametracker for today's game is here.

Volleyball: Schedule notes and other items

As the 2008 collegiate volleyball season comes to a close tonight with the national championship match in Omaha, it's a good time to hit on a few UWM volleyball items.

I did post a recap/notes package on the main site here.

As those that follow volleyball are aware, Penn State had amazing streak of more than 100-consecutive sets won snapped in the national semifinals Saturday, but the Nittany Lions still advanced to the title match, where PSU will face Stanford. The streak by the Nittany Lions sent me looking at just how many sets in a row the Panthers have ever won - after all UWM has been awfully dominant in the Horizon League and overall. At a quick glance, I could never find anything over 15.

The final 2008 national stats won't become official until after tonight's championship match, but UWM is set to finish 25th nationally in digs per set and 87th nationally in blocks per set. Individually, Lauren Felsing is 21st in digs per set.

Speaking of Lauren, she will be at the top of the "record-watch" list when we start next season. She already has 1,357 digs, meaning she'll need 519 to pass Becky Peters and move to the top of the list in both UWM and Horizon League history. If she could repeat her 2008 season total of 645, she would pass 2,000 career digs.

Also, Natalie Schmitting already has 250 blocks in just two seasons, placing her ninth of UWM's all-time list entering her junior season.

The 2009 schedule continues to come together. Marquette and South Dakota (coached by former UWM assistant coach Matt Houk) are both in for the Panther Invitational. The third team is expected to be Western Michigan, which reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this year. Also, UWM will play in tournaments at Iowa State and Mississippi during non-league play. At Iowa State, the Panthers will not only face the Cyclones, who got to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, but will also face Arizona State out of the Pac 10. No word yet on who the other team will be. Also, there is no early word on the field in Oxford, Miss. Expect the full schedule to not be set until April or May.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Live Blog: MBB at Miami (Ohio)

I will have a live blog tonight from Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio, as the Panthers head back outside league play for a battle with the Miami RedHawks. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CST.

You can follow the live blog here

A few links for you ...
UWM game notes are here
Miami game notes are here
Live stats are here
Live audio with Bill Johnson is here
Video from ESPN360 is here

You can also watch the game on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 and on ESPN Full Court.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Live Blog: WBB vs. Illinois

Once again, I will be courtside doing a live blog of Milwaukee women's basketball. Tonight's game is against Illinois and tips off at approximately 7:07 p.m. (No, really, it's on TV, so we are tipping off at 7:07, not 7:06, not 7:08... 7:07).

The blog can be found here.

Tonight's game is a TV game and can be found on TV on Time Warner "Sports 32". If you don't want to deviate your attention from this insightful and riveting blog, you're in luck. The game will also be webcast on the Horizon League Network. It can be found here.

As usual, for you radio people out there, Scott Warras will have the call here. He will be joined by Jesse Niederbaumer.

Lastly, here is the link for Gametracker.

And, tonight's link of the game is this. I put my support behind Tebow, but they annually refuse to let me a vote.

MBB Updates

A few updates for you as we have landed safely in Oxford, Ohio ...

This game is a homecoming of sorts for Bud Haidet, who went to school here at Miami and worked here for quite some time before coming to Milwaukee. He gave us a bit of a tour as we pulled on to campus ... took the microphone and everything. We are also staying on campus at the Miami Inn - the baseball stadium is right out my window. And, Bud has us hooked up at an Italian buffet for dinner tonight.

Tim Van Vooren and Mickey Leach from Fox 6 were out at practice Monday working on a few Panther things, including a feature on James Eayrs. That feature is scheduled to air tonight during the 9 o'clock newscast. I know they have a run a couple of other items already this week, including Rob Jeter's Monday practice plan being written on a paper plate (times really are tough).

Speaking of TV stuff, the Rob Jeter Show is making its December appearance on Sports 32 tonight. It is scheduled to air at 5 tonight, with a re-air later in the evening. Check your local listings, as they say.

Also, our contest here in Oxford is the first game of UWM's Time Warner Cable Sports 32 package for this year. Tipoff is at 6 tomorrow. That means Daron Sutton should be here any moment to pretend he doesn't like winters in Arizona.

Finally, in non-league action tonight, Butler plays at Bradley, so it is a good chance to see how two future Panther opponents look against each other. Bradley, of course, is UWM's next game after the Miami contest.

I will have a live blog tomorrow night in addition to the rest of the regular coverage.

Panthers Ranked 24th In Final NSCAA Soccer Poll

In the final NSCAA national poll of the 2008 season, the Panthers found themselves nationally-ranked at season's end for the first time as a Division I program. UWM finished 24th on the strength of an 18-3-2 season. The Panthers won a ninth-straight league title, captured the league tournament title and advanced to a seventh NCAA Tournament.

Milwaukee, which was 16th in the final preseason poll, had previously received votes in the final poll of the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The last time UWM was ranked at season's end was 1989, when records show the Panthers were 19th in the final NCAA Division II ISCAA poll.

The release of the final poll is the latest good news for the Panthers, which saw Sarah Teegarden earn All-America Third Team honors from the NSCAA over the weekend. She was joined by two others on the All-Region First Team in Nicole Sperl and Sarah Hagen. Erin Kane was selected to the second team.

Hagen was selected to the All-Rookie Team earlier this season.

Two more publications have yet to publish their All-Americans in Soccer Buzz and Soccer America. Ginny Graczyk in 2006 was the program's only Soccer Buzz All-America, while the publication honored Teegarden (honorable mention) and Kane (third team) as Freshman All-Americans in 2005. Kane was a first-team All-American according to Soccer America that same year.

Also, with the crowning of a national champion, the NCAA's final statistics report was published with Hagen finishing second in the nation with 24 goals and fourth with 54 points. Two goals by North Carolina's Casey Nogiuera in the title game sealed first place in both categories (25 goals, 58 points). Hagen was also third in goals per game (1.043) and sixth in points per game (2.35). The Panthers as a team also finished seventh in the nation in goals (65) and goals per game (2.83), ninth in winning percentage (.826) and in the top 45 in both GAA and shutout percentage.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Live Blog: WBB @ Washington State

As usual I will be courtside, providing you with a live "web log", or "blog" as the kids say, of today's women's basketball game against Washington State. The Panthers are coming off a 71-69, double-overtime heartbreaker at Wisconsin their last time out. The Cougars are 4-2 and have won two-straight.

You can find the live blog here

Here is the link for live stats

If you would like to listen to Scott Warras' live account of the game, tune your radio to AM 920 the Wolf or click here. Either way, the game will be followed by classic country music, so it's win-win.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Wright State

After a dicey drive back from Champaign last night, I'll be courtside at the U.S. Cellular Arena today as the Panthers look to make it two-straight in league play when they take on Wright State.

You can follow the live blog here

Some links for you ...
UWM game notes are here
Wright State game notes are here
WSU coverage in the Dayton Daily News is here
Gametracker is here
Bill Johnson on the radio is here
Horizon League Network video is here
Current Milwaukee weather conditions are here
Current Honolulu weather conditions (where the Wright State women's team is this weekend) are here

Friday, December 5, 2008

Live Blog: NCAA Volleyball at Illinois

Good evening from Huff Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois. I'll have a live blog tonight as the Panthers take on the Fighting Illini in a first round NCAA Tournament contest.

You can follow the live blog here.

We'll be off to a late start as the opening match between Western Kentucky and Cincinnati has gone to a fifth set ...

Some links for your viewing pleasure this evening:

UWM NCAA Tournament notes here
Illinois NCAA Tournament notes here
Gametracker here
Live video via NCAA Sports here
Champaign News-Gazette coverage here

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Detroit

I'll have a live blog tonight as the Panthers open Horizon League play against Detroit at the U.S. Cellular Arena.

You can follow the blog here.

The Panthers enter tonight's game at 3-4 while Detroit is 2-3. Both teams have suffered losses to BCS foes, with UWM falling to Wisconsin, Marquette and Iowa State while Detroit has lost to Purdue and DePaul.

As always, here are some links for use before or during tonight's contest.

UWM's game notes are here.
Detroit's game notes are here.
A weekend preview from the Journal Sentinel is here.
You can hear Bill Johnson's audio call here.
You can follow gametracker here.
And, HLN live video is here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Live Blog: WBB @ Wisconsin

I will be courtside during tonight's women's basketball game against Wisconsin. The Panthers are looking for their fourth-straight win and the first over the Badgers since 1992. That win also came in Madison. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

I have double and triple-checked, and had Scott Warras re-check, the math and Traci Edwards is 15 points from tying Maria Viall's UWM career scoring mark of 1,867 points.

To find the blog, click here

To listen to Scott live, click here. He may be telling anecdotes about a frazzled SID and some wacky math, so it should be a hoot.

Live stats are available here