Sidebar: Bruesewitz unexpected closer over Indiana

first_imgBadgers\’ forward Mike Bruesewitz reacts after hitting a three-pointer that extended UW\’s lead to eight in the second half.[/media-credit]BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Wisconsin found itself ahead by 10 points with just over 10 minutes remaining against the No. 2 team in the nation. They were also on the road in a hostile environment. Reality was bound to set in, and it did.With 10:08 remaining, the Badgers began one of their woefully traditional shooting slumps where a lid seemed to encompass the top of the goal. Six minutes passed before a long rebound trickled out to Ben Brust and instead of resetting the offense and forcing time off the scoreboard, Brust fired an 18-foot jump shot, breaking the six-minute slump. Wisconsin never looked back.Four minutes later, they were the only unbeaten team left standing in the Big Ten. Victory didn’t come easy for Bo Ryan’s gang, though.Zeller kept silent in second halfThe Badgers had their hands full with preseason All-American Cody Zeller – at least for the first half.Zeller had his way with Wisconsin’s forwards during the opening 20 minutes, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the field. His 18 points in just 17 minutes all came on buckets near the rim as foul trouble and an errant elbow to Frank Kaminsky’s eye kept the Badgers’ bigs from settling in against the Hoosiers’ seven-footer.“We just didn’t move our feet and get into the spots and the angles that we normally do,” Ryan said of his team’s struggles to stop Zeller in the first half. “Footwork is so important in this game.”Berggren picked up two fouls guarding Zeller in the half and Mike Bruesewitz added another. Although they began the half with just a one-point deficit, a second half attention to detail proved necessary and effective for Wisconsin.In order to stop the Indiana center, the Badgers needed to start from the ground up. “It was all about our feet,” Ryan explained. “We got some help to him, and they weren’t shooting it that well from the outside … we really didn’t change anything with our positioning, we just did it better.”Zeller’s perfect first half quickly turned sour as he missed his first six shots in the second half and failed to convert a basket until a last-minute dunk when the game was very much in hand for Wisconsin.Hulls, Oladipo held in checkWhile, Brust may be remembered for hitting the shot that broke the Badgers’ scoring slump, his biggest contributions came throughout the entirety of the game as the junior guard logged a team-high 35 minutes, chasing around Indiana guard Jordan Hulls.Hulls entered the game averaging double figures for Indiana while leading the nation, shooting 52.5 percent from beyond the arc. Through Brust’s unrelenting pressure, Hulls missed his only three-pointer of the night midway through the second half and tallied just four points, far below his season average of 11.6. But Hulls was not the only Hoosier left seemingly missing in action from Assembly Hall Tuesday night.Junior guard Victor Oladipo presented what seemed like an interesting mismatch for the Hoosiers at the outset. At 6-foot-5, Oladipo was likely too tall for Brust, but too quick to become the defensive assignment for Wisconsin’s forwards. Following his first shot – a three-pointer and the game’s first bucket – Wisconsin needed more than just a single defender to stop the lanky speedster. It was going to take a team effort.“[Hulls and Oladipo] are two great players – you can’t really defend them one-on-one. You have to just stay down and squeeze the court on them,” sophomore point guard Traevon Jackson said. “Oladipo, he’s one of the best players I’ve ever played against, but it’s more of a collective thing.”After his opening bucket, the collection of Badgers’ defenders held Oladipo to just 2-for-6 shooting for the remainder of the game and his lowest scoring total (10) since Indiana’s second game of the season in early November.Bruesewitz key in closingAlthough the Badgers’ defense may have been fundamental, their ability to close out a top-ranked opponent on the road came from a less-than-likely benefactor.Bruesewitz felt all that Assembly Hall had to offer throughout the game. A first half-airball gave the Hoosier faithful all the reason they needed to rain chants toward the senior forward.“That was one of the best environments I’ve ever played in,” Bruesewitz said, nominating himself as the latest to recognize that Indiana basketball is back. “But you just have to play loose in those type of environments and kind of go with the flow.”A second airball sustained those chants, but the senior forward went “with the flow,” as the student section’s hostility brought a slight smile and chuckle his way.He eventually got the last laugh as well, making four free throws in the final two minutes, helping the Badgers seal off the upset win.The scoreboard stopped ticking, but alas, the chants continued, and unsurprisingly, so did Bruesewitz’ smile. The unexpected “closer” for the Badgers was greeted by an ESPN interview shortly after the game with anchor Sam Ponder, one of his personal favorites.“She’s obviously easy on the eyes, but what ESPN anchor isn’t,” Bruesewitz thought after the game. “She thought it was funny when everyone was talking to me while I was trying to do an interview … She’s cool, I like her.”For him, it was probably a pretty good nightcap.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Fuel Crisis—Why?

first_imgHow is it possible for Africa’s leading producer of petroleum to run short of fuel to power its motor vehicles, airplanes and even to keep open hospitals and key businesses? In conventional thinking, this should not and could never happen.Yet it has happened all too often in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and one of its richest, thanks to its vast petroleum reserves.The primary reason for this, we strongly believe, is corruption and a seeming lack of love and respect for country on the part of many unscrupulous Nigerian businesspeople. It is these unprincipled and ruthless people who firmly believe that increasing their fat foreign bank accounts is more important than the welfare of the suffering Nigerian masses, the economic, industrial and financial success of the country, and its respectability among the comity of nations.Why do we say that? For these Nigerian fat cats, it is nothing short of an anathema (atrocity, disgrace) for Nigeria to have efficient and effective petroleum refining companies in which the country can refine its own oil and make it readily available to Nigerians and other peoples in the West African sub-region.The world knows that Nigerians are among Africa’s most intelligent, dynamic and progressive people. Nigerians are also aggressively entrepreneurial. That is why you find many Nigerian women with Bachelor and Master’s degrees selling market. These dynamic women ask themselves, “Why go stand in line looking for a job when I can make my own money and be my own boss by running my own business?”Most multinational corporations with branches in Nigeria are run not by pale faced foreigners, as we see everywhere in countries like Liberia. The offices of these multinationals are run by Nigerians—why? Nigerian Immigration, Labor and Commerce officials and institutions, unlike ours in Liberia, SERIOUSLY enforce the macroeconomic policies established by the Nigerian Federal and State governments. There is no fooling or joking around with this. If you want to do business in Nigeria—any business—it must be run by Nigerians and you must have Nigerian partners.This is why yes, you do find some rich foreigners in Nigeria, but you can be absolutely sure they are not alone. No. There are millions of rich Nigerians, too, who have a very serious stake—indeed the lion’s share—in their economy.But why are all these positive and real attributes not reflected in Nigeria’s prime industry, petroleum? Why have there not emerged serious minded Nigerian investors who can successfully run petroleum refineries? After all, following the collapse—due to persistent and unconscionable mismanagement of the national airline, Nigeria Airways—several Nigerian entrepreneurs have emerged to start successful regional airlines that effectively run the sub-region. Among these are Arik, MedView and Dana Air, all of which are wholly owned by Nigerians.So why are Nigerian entrepreneurs not manning the petroleum sector, too? Do they think they can make more money importing petroleum products? If so, then what about the fate of ordinary Nigerians—not only those whom the refineries would employ—but also those who must suffer the constant, outrageous and unexplainable indignity of standing in endless lines searching for petroleum that God has generously deposited beneath Nigerian soil and waters? We pray that the new Nigerian President—who history tells us has been in that office before—will make the efficient operations of ALL Nigerian refineries his number two priority. We say number two because we know that NUMBER ONE is defeating the country’s murderous menace—Boko Haram.And more besides, let President Mahammadu Buhari, when he takes office tomorrow, faithfully promise and swiftly fulfill that promise to the Nigerian people that NEVER AGAIN will they have to suffer and endure this monumental, embarrassing contradiction of being oil-rich, yet still enduring the indignity and agony of scrounging (begging) daily for oil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LISTEN: England boss on Rooney, Wilshere, Euro 2016 and MORE!

first_imgRoy Hodgson was in the talkSPORT studios on Tuesday to talk all things England. The Three Lions boss joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drivetime and he discussed whether he will take captain Wayne Rooney [depending on fitness], Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and other players pushing to make the 23-man squad. Hodgson said how the future is bright for the national team, with a number of exciting prospects emerging, and also the expectation ahead of the European Championships in the summer. Listen to the full clip, above!last_img


first_imgA Donegal priest facing a number of indecent assault charges has had his case adjourned for two weeks.Fr Eugene Boland, whose address is listed as the Parochial House, Killyclogher county Tyrone faces four charges of indecent assault on a female. Fr Boland, who originally from Moville, worked as administrator in Galliagh parish in Derry and also served in the Creggan and Waterside parishes.DONEGAL PRIEST HAS INDECENT ASSAULT CASE ADJOURNED was last modified: January 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fr Eugene Bolandlast_img read more