Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Badgers,' Germantown's winning streaks broken, Lacy is Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl bound
The Wisconsin men's basketball team lost for the first time this season, 75-72, Tuesday night, Jan. 14, at Indiana.
Yogi Ferrell scored 25 points for the Hoosiers as they ended a 12-game losing streak to the Badgers dating back to January 2007.
Third-ranked Wisconsin fell to 16-1, leaving Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State as the only unbeaten Division I teams in the country. The game was tied at 65 when Ferrell scored five straight points.
Wisconsin got to within one in the final minute on a Frank Kaminsky lay-up. Ferrell made a pair of throws which gave Indiana a three-point edge with 18.1 seconds left.
The Badgers blew a chance to send the game to overtime when Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust missed three-pointers in the final seconds.
Jackson led Wisconsin with a career-high 21 points, and Brust had 13.
Coach Bo Ryan said his Badgers seemed to worry about getting fouls, due to the way the game was being called. Indiana made seven of 10 free throws, while the Badgers only went to the line four times and made one.
Indiana scored 52 of its 75 points in the paint, with a 31-26 rebounding edge. The Hoosiers improved to 2-2 in the Big Ten and 12-5 overall.
The Badgers are now 3-1 in league play. They'll host Michigan on Saturday. Wednesday night, the Wisconsin women will play Indiana at home.
Germantown’s winning streak ends
The longest winning streak in Wisconsin boys' high school basketball history ended Tuesday night when Germantown lost at Brookfield Central 68-58. The Warhawks ended a 69-game winning streak, in which they won the last two Division 1 state titles.
Germantown had a three-point lead with 4:14 left, when Brookfield Central scored on five of its next six possessions to go in front for good.
Lamonte Bearden, who will play his college ball at Buffalo, scored 24 points for Germantown. Vanderbilt recruit Riley LaChance had 23 points and three steals for Brookfield Central, which was ranked third in Division 1 by the Associated Press this week at 12-0. Top-ranked Germantown fell to 13-1.
Lacy is NFL Rookie of the Year
Eddie Lacy is only the second Packer ever to win a rookie award from the Pro Football Writers of America. The writers named Lacy Tuesday as their Rookie of the Year.
The Packers' second-round pick from Alabama received 45 of 93 possible votes. San Diego receiver Kennan Allen was second in the overall voting and was named the top rookie on offense.
Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso was chosen as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Green Bay's only other writers' award came in 1984 when safety Tom Flynn was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Lacy set a new Green Bay rushing record with 1,178 yards this season and 11 touchdowns. He also made the writers' All-Rookie team, along with former Wisconsin center Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys.
Lacy only Packer going to Pro Bowl
The Packers will have somebody at the Pro Bowl after all. Running back Eddie Lacy was named Wednesday to the pool of players to be picked by team captains Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice for the Jan. 26 NFL All-Star Game in Honolulu.
Lacy was the only Packer to be named as a "first alternate" when the player pool was named a few weeks ago. He'll replace Adrian Peterson of Minnesota, who suffered from foot and groin injuries late in the regular season.
Lacy's selection guarantees that the Packers won't be shut out of the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2005. Tuesday, Lacy was named the Pro Football Writers' Rookie of the Year, after he rushed for a Green Bay rookie record 1,178 yards with 11 touchdowns this past season.
Lacy is the first Packers' running back to make the Pro Bowl since Ahman Green in 2004. He's the first rookie rusher to be a Pro Bowler since John Brockington in 1971.
In an effort to make the game more interesting, the NFL scrapped the traditional NFC versus AFC format. They recruited Rice and Sanders to choose players as captains. The game's "draft" will take place next week.
Vikings name new coach
All four teams in the NFC North Division can apparently move forward now that a new coach appears to be set in Minnesota.
Multiple media reports said the Vikings have picked 20-year NFL assistant Mike Zimmer for his first head coaching job at any level. ESPN said Zimmer and the Vikings were working out contract details Wednesday.
Zimmer has been the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals the last six seasons. The 57-year-old Zimmer has also been with Dallas and Atlanta.
He appears to have filled the latter of two head coaching vacancies in the North Division. Beloit native Jim Caldwell was hired Tuesday to replace the fired Jim Schwartz in Detroit.
Marc Trestman is starting his second year as the head man in Chicago. Mike McCarthy is about to begin his ninth campaign in Green Bay.
Pointers top-ranked in Division III
The nation's top-ranked Division III men's basketball team will try to keep its undefeated record intact Wednesday. UW-Stevens Point takes a 14-0 mark into a home contest against UW-Oshkosh. The Pointers share the WIAC men's lead with Platteville, both at 5-0 in league play.
Platteville is at No. 8 Whitewater Wednesday night. Superior plays at Eau Claire, and La Crosse is at Stout.
The WIAC women's teams have the same challengers on the opposing floors. 19th-ranked Oshkosh is at home against No. 23 Stevens Point. Eighth-ranked Whitewater travels to Platteville. Eau Claire plays at Superior, and Stout is at La Crosse.
Whitewater leads the WIAC women's standings at 5-0. Oshkosh and Stevens Point are tied for second at 4-1.