Every Thursday, we send out the great OnMilwaukee Weekend Preview filled with awesome things to do. Some are sports-related; many are not. So every Monday, we recap what happened in the world of Wisconsin sports while you were doing all those other awesome things.
Bucks beat Timberwolves, 116-101: Khris Middleton made 8 of 9 three-pointers and scored 32 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo came one rebound short of a triple-double and the young Bucks beat the young Wolves on '90s Night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, while rookie Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 21 points, 15 of which came in the first quarter.
Golden Eagles lose to Bulldogs, 95-74: In its regular-season finale, Marquette fell behind early and trailed by 19 points at halftime, with the deficit at one point reaching 32, in the blowout loss to Butler in Indianapolis. Freshman phenom Henry Ellenson had 29 points and eight rebounds, but he didn’t have much help, as the Bulldogs’ balanced scoring on efficient shooting was too much to overcome. Marquette finished in seventh place in the Big East and will play St. John’s on Wednesday in the first round of the conference tournament.
Panthers beat Norse, 86-69: After a one-year ban from the postseason, Milwaukee won its first Horizon League tournament game, hitting 11 of 23 three-pointers and 19 of 23 free throws to beat Northern Kentucky in Detroit. Senior Matt Tiby led the Panthers with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Austin Arians scored 18 and Jordan Johnson added 14 points and eight assists.
Milwaukee women lose to Detroit, 80-76: In their Horizon League regular-season finale, the Panthers, who led by seven after three quarters, allowed the Titans to score 28 points in the final period to fall in Detroit. Milwaukee still finished in second place in the conference and has a double bye in the tournament.
Admirals beat Wolves, 1-0: In the first game of the weekend Amtrak Rivalry, goalie Juuse Saros stopped all 22 shots he faced, and Pontus Aberg scored the game-winner in overtime for Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Admirals forced Wolves goalie Phoenix Copley to make 38 saves, and they set a season-high for shots in a period with 21 in the third, but the lone goal wouldn't be posted until overtime, when Aberg was able to net his team-leading 16th goal.
Wave beat Mustangs, 7-2: In the opening game of its best-of-three playoff series against Chicago, Milwaukee got seven goals from seven different players, and keeper Nick Vorberg saved 19 of 21 shots in the win at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Max Ferdinand and Bato Radoncic each had a goal and an assist.
Bucks lose to Thunder, 104-96: In the final contest of their five-game home stand, Milwaukee mounted an impressive comeback but wasn’t ultimately able to overcome Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with a game-high 32 points, adding 12 rebounds and eight assists, while Russell Westbrook had a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo registered his own triple-double, with 26, 12 and 10, and Jabari Parker scored 26 points as well.
Badgers lose to Boilermakers, 91-80: Having won 11 of its previous 12 games, Wisconsin’s hot streak was stopped cold by Purdue’s scorching shooting in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers shot 62.2 percent from the field, including 52.6 percent on three-pointers, and overcame Nigel Hayes’ 30-point day to force the Badgers to settle for the No. 6 seed in the Big Ten tournament.
Panthers lose to Phoenix, 70-61: In the Horizon League tournament quarterfinals in Detroit, Milwaukee committed 14 turnovers, including giveaways on three straight possessions late in the game, to fall to Green Bay and end their NCAA tourney hopes. The Panthers struggled on shooting from three-point range, making just 7 of 31 attempts (22.6 percent), and had five more turnovers than assists. Jordan Johnson led all scorers with 18 points.
Marquette women lose to Seton Hall, 93-86: In the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, the high-scoring Golden Eagles couldn’t get past the hot-shooting Pirates, despite 31 points from conference freshman of the year Allazia Blockton. Seton Hall shot 62.5 percent in the second half, as forward Tiffany Jones put up 29 points and 18 rebounds in the win.
Admirals beat Wolves, 5-2: In the second game of the Amtrak Rivalry, down in Rosemont, Ill., Milwaukee clinched the season series against Chicago with three points apiece from Kevin Fiala and Trevor Murphy. Goalie Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots to go to 6-1-0 against the Wolves this year.
Wave lose to Mustangs, 7-2, in Game 2, beat Mustangs, 2-0, in Game 3: After winning Game 1 in Milwaukee, the Wave traveled to Chicago for Game 2, which it lost while being outscored 4-0 in the second half, forcing a Mini-Game 3. In the ensuing 15-minute match, Hans Denissen and Ian Bennett scored to take the series, 2-1, and push the Wave through to the second round of the MASL playoffs.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like CBSSports.com, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.
Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.