It would be easy to debate who provided more to their team during their 4 years of college–Bryant McIntosh of Northwestern or Dakota Mathais of Purdue. McIntosh brought the Northwestern program to a level that they had not seen. His leadership got them into the NCAA Tournament and also helped them achieve an upper division finish in the Big Ten. On the minus side, he did not have a stellar senior season and the Wildcats floundered in the second half of this past year.Mathais started slowly at Purdue but continued to improve and was acknowledged as one of the best 3-point shooters in the nation the past 2 years. He also competed as the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year. Unlike Northwestern, Purdue has been near or at the top of the Big Ten all during Dakota’s tenure. If it weren’t for the unfortunate injury of Haas, Purdue might have been in the Final Four this year. McIntosh never achieved that level for Northwestern.Both players are prime examples of the “grass is always greener away from home”. McIntosh went to high school in Indiana and chose Northwestern over Purdue. Mathais grew up in Ohio and chose Purdue over Ohio State.
Shirley (Schwanholt) Raymond 85, of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, passed away Friday December 6, 2019.She was born September 12, 1934 in Aurora, IN, daughter of the late Stanley and Lillian Schwanholt.Shirley graduated from Indiana University in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Political Science. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and served as the scholarship chairperson. During her junior year, Shirley was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society.She met and married her husband, David, in Indianapolis, Indiana. They lived in the southern Indiana and the Louisville, Kentucky, communities before moving to Sandestin, Florida, in 1990. Shirley resided at Bluewater Bay in Niceville, Florida, from 1997-2017 before returning to Floyds Knobs.Shirley is survived by her daughter, Cara Pecore (Todd Deaton); and grandsons, Zachary and Seth Pecore.Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband David Raymond, and son, Kirk Raymond.Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm at River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the St John’s Lutheran School or Kindred Hospice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (4-3) has a chance to break their two-game skid Wednesday night as they take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-2) for the ACC-Big Ten challenge.Last year the Badgers took down the Wolfpack at the Kohl Center thanks to a D’Mitrik Trice mid-range jumper that extended the Badgers’ lead with 26.3 seconds left in the game. The Badgers found themselves down by seven points at halftime last year and even trailed by as many as ten before making a second half comeback. Trice finished with 18 points, six assists and three steals in last year’s contest.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin struggles in Legends Classic with losses to Richmond, New MexicoThe Wisconsin Badgers (4-3) saw their four-game win streak come to a screeching halt this weekend at the Legends Classic Read…This time around, the Badgers are headed to Raleigh, North Carolina for their first true road game of the season. Currently, the Badgers are 4-3 on the season after losing their last two games against Richmond and New Mexico as part of the Legends Classic played in Brooklyn, New York. The Badgers struggled mightily scoring the ball in those two games as they put in a total of 102 points — 52 against Richmond and 50 against New Mexico.The Wolfpack are 5-2 on the season thus far. Their only losses came against Georgia Tech and No. 15 Memphis, both of which were close games. NC State surrendered just a one-point loss in their contest against Georgia Tech and even put up a fight against No. 15 ranked Memphis — losing by just five points.The Wolfpack has been putting up big scoring numbers this year by averaging 83.6 points per game with an average scoring margin of 13.2 points. With five players averaging in double figures and a deep rotation into the bench, NC State will be looking to run the floor and put up some big scoring numbers. It will be interesting to see how well this Badger defense will do in slowing down the fast-paced Wolfpack.Men’s Basketball: Micah Potter’s issues with NCAA shows inconsistencies in systemThe 2019 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is off to a 3-1 start. While the team has had moderate Read…Redshirt senior C.J. Bryce is poised to be a large threat to the Badger defense. He had 18 points and seven rebounds last year at the Kohl Center and he will be looking to put up similar numbers this year, if not bigger.Bryce, a highly talented guard for the Wolfpack, has played incredibly efficient basketball this season by shooting the ball 54.3% from the field while scoring 16.1 points per game. He is also grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game while dishing out 2.7 assists per game.Men’s Basketball: Previewing remainder of Badgers’ non-conference scheduleWe’ll keep it simple — the prospects for a highly successful Badger basketball team weren’t great before the 2019-20 season. Read…Tip-off is set for 8:15 p.m. between the Badgers and the Wolfpack. You can watch the Big Ten/ACC challenge on ESPN 2 or listen live with the Badger Radio Network.
Robert Upshaw, the Lakers rookie center by way of Fresno State and Washington, stood between Okafor and the hoop, as tall and wide as one of the gaudy casinos lining the Las Vegas Strip.When Okafor lunged left, Upshaw beat him to the spot. When Okafor went right, Upshaw used his feet and upper body to cut him off. Frustrated, Okafor dropped his head and tried bulldozing a straight path to the basket. Only Upshaw held his ground. As a last resort, Okafor rose up for a shot. But Upshaw was having none of it, rising up right along with him to easily swat Okafor’s shot away.At that very moment, the imagination of every Lakers fan watching at the Thomas & Mack Center or on televisions across the country ran wild.After spending the last two seasons as a virtual layup line for opposing teams, allowing them to dance their way through the paint for easy baskets, have the Lakers uncovered the kind of rim-protecting big man they so sorely need? “When you think about a true five man who can get in the middle of the paint, who can block a shot and can rebound and who can get out there and change the complexion of the flow, Robert Upshaw can do that,” Lakers summer league coach Mark Madsen said.The defensive presence Upshaw has provided the Lakers through their first two summer league games has been first-round quality. The reality is, Upshaw is an un-drafted free agent rookie carrying so much excess baggage that NBA teams wouldn’t even invest a second-round pick in him last month.And that’s astonishing for a 7-footer who averaged a national-best 4.5 blocked shots last season at Washington.But then, playing basketball has never been the problem for Upshaw.It’s everything that happens over the 22 other hours of the day that’s been the issue.Upshaw’s draft-day nosedive was the result of getting kicked off teams at Fresno State and Washington for a variety of team violations, ranging from failed drug tests to missing class.During his freshman year at Fresno State, the former top-50 recruit was suspended twice by Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry over a five-week span and then finally booted from the program for good when he messed up a third time.After sitting out a year upon transferring to Washington, Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar applied tough-love tactics on Upshaw by attaching playing time to class attendance and staying on the straight and narrow. It worked — for a little while. With Upshaw defending the paint last year, Washington started the season 11-0 and was ranked in the top 20.But less than 24 hours after going toe-to-toe with Utah big man Jakob Poeltl with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Upshaw was kicked off the team for violating team rules.Washington was never the same, going 2-10 the rest of the way.Upshaw never recovered, either. After emerging as one of the top center prospects in the country, he saw his draft stock plummet so severely that he now has to back-door his way to the NBA dreams.He’s in Las Vegas, of all places, trying to rehabilitate his image.“And I completely understand what’s at stake,” Upshaw said.It’s ironic, in a way.With the help of self-introspection and by surrounding himself with positive people — including a life mentor — Upshaw traces the root of his issues to a sense of entitlement. “It was me assuming I had it all,” he said. “Because that’s what I did. And that’s how I acted. And I paid for it. Twice. And that’s on me.”In doing so, Upshaw forced himself into a corner so narrow, he now has to work a thousand times harder to get what he mistakenly thought he already had.With very little room for error.The way Upshaw sees it, he’s getting a third chance to get this right. There might not be a fourth.“I’m not going to be perfect. Nobody is,” Upshaw said. “But I know this is what I want. I know this is what I want to do with my life. And I know what I have to do.”The on-the-floor stuff should not be a problem.Despite playing in just 41 games over the last three years — and none since January — Upshaw has acquitted himself well with the Lakers. He is a defensive and rebounding natural with surprising touch around the basket. Assuming he stays clean off the court, it’s easy to imagine Upshaw making the team and earning a spot in the rotation behind starting center Roy Hibbert. “I’m nowhere near 100 percent. But I’m getting in shape as we speak,” Upshaw said. “I’m working hard. Things are starting to come back for me. And once I get my feet under me, get back in the shape I need to be, things are going to be even better.”It’s already off to a promising start. LAS VEGAS >> The entry pass reached Jahlil Okafor on the left block, one of the go-to sweet spots from which he typically carves up opposing big men. As he’s done so many other times before, the 6-foot-11 Philadelphia 76ers lottery pick turned to square up his defender. Three options were available: Power drive to his left or right for a layup. Or step back for a short floater.Point being, with his nimble footwork, advanced offensive post game and an array of moves at his disposal, Okafor could pick and chose his route to a bucket.Or so he thought.But there was one very big problem, and he stood an even 7-foot with a 7-foot-5 wing span and a thick, powerful body. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error