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Sports - Wednesday, March 12th 2014

12-Mar-2014

UW-Milwaukee is heading to the NCAA Tournament.  The Panthers picked up a wire to wire 69-63 victory at Wright State in the Horizon League Championship Game.  Randolph grad Kyle Kelm had 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace UWM.  The Panthers will most likely be a #15 or #16 seed when the pairings are released on Sunday night.

 

Gonzaga, North Dakota State, and Mount St. Mary also punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night. 

 

Cardinal Stritch begins defense of its NAIA Division 2 National Championship on Wednesday in Branson, Missouri.  The Milwaukee area school is the #1 seed heading into the seven day event despite a large roster turnover from last season. Coming off of last year’s national championship, 5th year coach Drew Diener had 9 new faces on his roster to mesh around returning starters senior Derek Semenas (Rosendale/UW-Green Bay) and junior Tony Smit (Fond du Lac).  Semenas averaged 24 points per game and was the Chicagoland Colligate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Smit (11.3 ppg/5.4 apg) was also a first team all-league choice.  The Wolves (29-4)  will play Northern New Mexico (16-15) in the first round at 12noon on Wednesday.  Teams must win 5 games in 7 days to win the NAIA National Championship.

 

The Timberwolves beat the Bucks 112-101 last night.  Brandon Knight had 21 for the Bucks who head to Atlanta on Thursday night.

 

NFL free agency began on Tuesday and as expected the Packers sat back and watched other teams around the league spend big money on high priced free agents.  Former Bills safety Jarius Byrd was one of the big winners, inking a 6-year, $59 million dollar contract with New Orleans.  Packer fans had hoped the team would go after a pair of defensive ends, but Oakland’s Lamarr Houston goes to the Bears and Baltimore’s Arthur Jones signs with Indy. 

 

 A couple of high profile defensive ends were cut on Tuesday as the Bears cut Julius Peppers and the Cowboys released Demarcus Ware. 

 

The Packers did make a qualify offer to linebacker Jamari Lattimore which means they can match any offer he gets from another team. 

 

The Brewers took a rare day off on Tuesday.  They will get back at it this afternoon as they take on the Angels in Cactus League play.  Coverage begins at 2:55pm on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.

 

The WIAA Board of Controls announced a couple of amendments to their constitution that will be up for vote by membership on Monday night.  The most controversial of the two will be to institute a multiplier to private schools to determine what divisions they are placed in for post-season tournaments.  The rule would multiply the schools enrollment by 1.65 and that number would be used to place schools in a division.  Some public school’s, especially in small rural communities feel they are at a disadvantage when they are matched with private schools from large metropolitan areas who have similar enrollments.  If that passes it will will probably end up in the courts.   The 2nd amendment put conference affiliation back in control of the member schools and out of the hands of the Board of Controls.  That mean’s the WIAA would no longer be in charge of determining what conferences schools participate in. 

 

The St. Mary’s Springs girls basketball team will travel to Oshkosh North on Thursday night for a WIAA Division 4 Sectional Semifinal with Oshkosh Lourdes.  Coverage begins at 6:35pm with the Backyard Grill Pregame Show.  The tip is set for 7pm presented by BCI Burke Company and Taco Bell.  

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