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Men’s basketball: Iverson, bench outscore starters, lead Badgers in 69-51 win over Chicago State

first_imgThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took care of business against Chicago State University at home Thursday in an effort that was anything but business as usual.Senior leader Nigel Hayes went 1-8 from the floor and finished with three points behind an 11 point, 5-7 field goal percentage from sophomore Kahlil Iverson.The beginning of the first half started slow, but freshman standout D’Mitrik Trice and the Badgers put up a 17-3 run and take an early 19-11 lead. As far as the score, it wouldn’t only get better for UW going forward as the bench racked up a massive 36 points on the game in the 18 point win.Iverson brought the ship home to port for the Badgers in the second half, recording four dunks down the stretch and creating enough of a buffer to close out the home win. Head coach Greg Gard said in the post game press conference that he was pleased with the improvements from Tuesday’s loss, but stressed the need to cut down on turnovers going forward.While the victory Thursday was needed just to get another win in the win column, the matchup served more as a chance for Wisconsin to prove to itself that it can return to a top 10 level after a disheartening defeat at Creighton University earlier this week. The Badgers will now look to stay on the winning end of things as they travel to the Maui Invitational next week for a matchup with Tennessee University Monday.Men’s basketball: Bench play sparks No. 9 Wisconsin to victory over Chicago StateThe beginnings of Thursday night’s game against Chicago State University and the effort against Creighton Tuesday night were all too Read…Wisconsin offensive player of the game: Kahlil IversonIverson’s performance can’t be more overstated when you talk about the depth of this Wisconsin team. The sophomore guard’s second half impact speak volumes to how far Gard can reach into his bench for points when the rest of the team is tired.Iverson also serves as an enormous spark plug for a team that, despite plenty of experience, has very few exciting players. The athletic youngster scores most of his points in the forms of dunks and those dunks are normally what excites the team most and ends up on the highlight reels. Iverson’s display of offense on Thursday will help the team in more ways than one as they move into a brutal non-conference schedule.Wisconsin defensive player of the game: Charlie Thomas IVIverson’s roommate and best friend, Charlie Thomas, also made a name for himself against Chicago State, recording a team-high seven rebounds and a dominant display on the defensive end. Opposing coaches and players have been blown away from Thomas’ size on the inside this season and his extra confidence this season should provide a huge presence on the blocks.Thomas was pretty limited last season after the coaching switch to Gard early on, but has reamerged in the lineup over the last few games. The center’s 15 minutes of action Thursday was limited, but felt as Chicago State only 10 points in the paint and were very limited around Thomas. With Thomas more aggressive down low, Ethan Happ and Hayes should have more room to work and will know they have a safety blanket on the boards if they put up a bad shot.Chicago State player of the game: Fred Sims JrThere weren’t many bright spots for Chicago State in Madison, but Fred Sims Jr. and his team high 26 points and six threes were enough to give the Cougars something to be proud of. Sims was definitely the team leader out on the floor, controlling possession and scoring more than half his team’s points.Wisconsin now travels to Maui at will face Tennessee Monday at 1:30 p.m. CT and will air on ESPN2.last_img read more

Betting industry asks…How long can President Trump last?

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles With President-Elect Donald Trump taking full US Presidential duties on 20 January (inauguration date), bookmakers are wondering whether ‘The Donald’ will survive a full four-year term as leader of the United States of America.  Trump who yesterday gave his first official press conference as President-Elect, having won the US Election on 8 November reemphasized to the world’s media that he would be the USA’s ‘greatest jobs president’ uniting a deeply divided nation.Nevertheless, Trump’s easy rhetoric will be tested in the first days of his administration. The brass New Yorker has faced severe criticism of his senior cabinet appointments, his neglect of US intelligence agency reports concerning Russian US election influence and for not divesting his business interests which may cause potential conflicts of interest.Updating US political markets yesterday, Ladbrokes Politics informed that odds had hit ‘evens’ for President Trump ‘to leave office via impeachment or resignation before end of 1st term’.Furthermore, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has opened special odds of 20/1 on ‘Trump NOT to be inaugurated on 20 January’, following this week’s ‘unverified’ allegations of Trump participating in lewd sex acts during a visit to Moscow.Trump’s incoming Presidency has been met with a number of new US political betting markets, wondering what ‘The Donald will do’. From when he will visit the UK, which Obama act he will first repeal to whether he will stick a ‘TRUMP’ sign on the Whitehouse.Ahead of Trump’s inauguration, it would be wise for bookmaker’s to remember the US 2016 Elections, in which Donald Trump was continually written off at great expense to UK bookmakers. Put simply, when it comes President Trump its only safe to say…expect the unexpected!last_img read more