UW looks to build momentum on road

first_imgWisconsin (11-15 overall, 3-10 Big Ten) has struggled mightily on the road this season, going 1-10 in games away from the friendly confines of the Kohl Center. But the Badgers have a chance Saturday to double their abysmal road win total, when they take on a very comparable Northwestern team.Wisconsin assistant coach Alysiah Bond was very quick to point out the Badgers’ road woes when asked about the importance of Saturday’s game, but ensured Wisconsin will be ready to play.“It’s a big game because we’ve also had difficulty winning on the road. Similar teams, in terms of how our seasons have gone, and you can best believe that both teams understand the importance of it and will be ready to play on Saturday,” Bond said.As of Wednesday, Wisconsin had yet to look at the scouting report prepared for Northwestern (12-14, 4-9 Big Ten), but there is still plenty for the Badgers to concentrate on in preparation for Saturday. A large part of Wisconsin’s focus will be directed in particular to small, yet crucial parts of its own game. Highlighted in those areas are turnovers, which have hampered the Badgers all year, especially on the road. Wisconsin committed 27 turnovers in its 60-53 loss at Illinois Monday night, just one instance of sloppy play costing the Badgers.Bond crossed sport lines and utilized an NFL reference to help explain the Badgers’ ball handling and turnover struggles this season.“You cannot throw floaty, lofty passes against a team. It’s kind of like Darrelle Revis or Deion Sanders. If they have closing speed, it looks open, and you’re tempted to throw it. They baited you and got you to throw the exact kind of pass you wanted. They step right in and go the other way,” Bond said.Junior guard and co-captain Morgan Paige was also cognizant of her team’s weaknesses and also of Nortwesterns’ height advantage – it has two players 6-foot-5 or taller – but with the Wildcats’ similar record she expects a very even fight.They’re pretty big in size so it’s going to be really crucial for us to get on the boards, offensively and defensively. From the last game, just take care of the ball. That’s going to be reiterated. Twenty-seven turnovers is too many,” Paige said. “They play hard. Just like us, they’re in a similar situation where they’re in games in the Big Ten. This is a good game for us, it’s a good matchup.”Bond also sees Northwestern as a good matchup, in part due to the fact that the Wildcats’ season has been quite similar to Badgers’ not only in its record but also in terms of its competitiveness and late-game struggles.“What we’ve seen from Northwestern is similar to a degree to some of what we’ve seen from ourselves. They’ve been in every game this season, and they don’t do a lot of things to hurt themselves,” Bond said. “That’s part of what’s put them in the position that they’re in, in terms of being in those games. They make smart decisions, they play well together, and I think they keep it simple, and that’s the formula that’s been effective for them. They’ve just had some problems closing games, as we have as well.”Wisconsin and Northwestern have both had very limited rotations all year long with really only one player from both teams’ benches seeing significant time, so Saturday’s winner will most likely be the battle of the starters. Of the Wildcats’ starters, three players average double figures, while the Badgers only have two who score better than ten points per game.If Wisconsin can find more balance scoring Saturday it could very well bring home a crucial late-season win, and with a road victory the Badgers might just want to go on the road again.“We don’t want to fold. We don’t want to be done. We can do the best as we possibly can with every opportunity that we have,” Paige said.last_img read more

BetStars gets final shot at Tipster Challenge 2016/17 glory

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles RankTipsterRace WinsPoints It is the final week of action in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, and BetStars is now the only company that can prevent a victory for AppBet.Ian Marmion, Director of Trading for BetStars, has picked his winners for today’s seven-race meet at Perth, with 13.69 points the target to snatch the title from Sarah Shannon.Marmion will also be going up against sixth placed Stephen Harris from bettingexpert, who holds a 4.53-point average after 26 weeks, and the racing experts from Timeform in 17th .____________________________________2:00bettingexpert: Royal VillageSets a clear standard on form and will improve for decent ground.Timeform: Royal VillageThis looks a good opportunity for Royal Village who made the frame for the third consecutive time over hurdles at Market Rasen recently, that despite suggesting a stronger gallop would have suited ideally.BetStars: PetivilleShowed promise in two bumpers before coming second on hurdles debut over an inadequate two miles around Stratford; will relish the extra half mile here and a value shout against the odds-on favourite.____________________________________2:35bettingexpert: Our ValentinaAn Eire raider on the up and is fancied to see off some more exposed handicappers.Timeform: Gold ChainGold Chain has slipped to an appealing mark following a quiet spell and, having shown herself back in form on the Flat recently, she’s in an excellent position to take advantage returning to a C&D where she excels.BetStars: Vic’s Last StandRan well back from a break last time over 2m, and with Champion Jockey Richard Johnson booked, expect him to build on that run over this trip.____________________________________3:05bettingexpert: GayeburyReturns to calmer waters after struggling at the Festival and has potential to do better.Timeform: Aintree My DreamPosted a very useful effort when routing his field at Hereford last time and can cap an excellent first season over hurdles by bagging this listed prize.BetStars: Aintree My DreamA tight little novice hurdle here – prefer Aintree My Dream with Dan Skelton’s yard in fine form.____________________________________3:35bettingexpert: A Good SkinHas slipped down the weights and could be revived by first time blinkers and faster ground.Timeform: BallykanHas plenty of solid efforts to his name this season and could be the answer.BetStars: BallykanBeen competing in top handicap company, and should relish this grade drop against a few out-of-sorts opponents.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: Late DateHails from a yard coming back to form and he has shaped well recently at a similar level.Timeform: Doktor GlazDoktor Glaz and The Wise One are relatively low mileage and going the right way – the former is preferred with the return to this trip likely to be within his compass with the emphasis on speed.BetStars: Heart O AnnandaleRan third in a similar C&D handicap this time last year at a huge price, could surprise again back over hurdles after a spell chasing.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Billy BillyHas run four times over fences in deep winter ground, but could be a different proposition here under Hughes.Timeform: Jovial JoeyLooks fairly treated if his efforts in non-handicaps on his last two starts are taken at face value and gets the nod for the Maurice Barnes team.BetStars: Lord BallimRevitalised of late going up 21lb over hurdles and then maintaining the winning habit last time over fences, could still be unexposed as a chaser.____________________________________5:10bettingexpert: Great FighterWon hard held last week and is expected to defy a penalty with conditions ideal again.Timeform: Great FighterLooked value for more than the winning margin when scoring at Ayr last week, and wisely turned out under a penalty, he gets the nod in the hope the headgear has the desired effect once more.BetStars: Sleepy HavenShowed a little more last time and he should get a nice tow into the race from Wisty with plenty of the rest in trouble by half way.____________________________________Where will Ian Marmion finish on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Submit Share Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.624.53 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Timeform1.853.20 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44 27Bradley Gibbs – Bookmaker Ratings10.20 28Ged Colleypriest – Ball Street00.00last_img read more