KFIZ Sports Scoreboard : 12/26/18
Milwaukee 109, New York 95
–Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Bucks beat the Knicks in New York on Christmas Day. Brook Lopez scored 20 points while Malcolm Brogdon added 17 for Milwaukee – who improved to 23-10 on the year. The two teams will meet again in short order – with New York making the trip to Fiserv Forum Thursday night.
Wisconsin and Marquette each climbed spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Badgers rose one spot to number 15 while the Golden Eagles jumped up two spots to number 18 in the poll. Duke returns to the number one spot, with Michigan at two, Tennessee at three, Virginia at four, Kansas falling down to number five, Nevada at six, Gonzaga at seven, Michigan State at eight, Florida State at nine and Virginia Tech at 10. The 10-2 Badgers visit Western Kentucky on Saturday, while Marquette hosts Southern on Friday.
Marquette junior Markus Howard was named Big East Player of the Week after helping the Golden Eagles to a pair of wins, including a monster game in a win over #14 Buffalo on Friday night. Howard averaged 35.5 points, making 13 of 18 from three point range and went a perfect 16 of 16 from the foul line. Howard scored 45 points – 40 of those coming in the second half – in the win over Buffalo and added 26 in a win over North Dakota earlier in the week.
Three more bowl games will be held today as the bowl season resumes after the Christmas holiday. The action begins with the First Responder bowl, matching Boston College against Boise State in Dallas. Later, Minnesota takes on Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl from Detroit and California plays TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona.