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After a slow start to the regular season, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has picked up two impressive victories in a row with their 76-60 victory over Temple Saturday.The game was an offensive struggle to start, as neither team could find the bottom of the net. In the first seven minutes, the teams combined to score just 14 points, and Temple held a 8-6 lead over Wisconsin.But just moments later, Bronson Koenig hit a three to give the Badgers a lead and something clicked for the team.For the next eight minutes, Wisconsin went on a 24-4 run to go up 18 and appeared to have the game firmly in their grasp. And while they did ease up before the end of the half, they still entered the locker room with a comfortable 11-point lead.Temple kicked the pressure up a notch to start the second half, and a quick 8-2 run to start the period brought the Owls to within five.At that point, it looked as if the game was about to get much more competitive.Turning pointJust 14 seconds after Temple had brought the game to within five, Zack Showalter found space in the corner and knocked down a three to end the Owls’ run.From there, Wisconsin poured it on one more time, going on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to bring their lead back up to 18 at 52-34. The Owls were spent at that point and were never able to get back within 14 points of the Badgers.When you knew it was overWith around five minutes left, Temple had made one last push to bring the game with 14. They had a fighting chance, but a pair of free throws from Nigel Hayes and a three-pointer from Koenig off a perfect pass from Ethan Happ brought UW’s lead to 19 — their largest of the game — and Wisconsin cruised to victory from there.Wisconsin player of the game: Nigel HayesHayes recorded his third consecutive double-double Saturday, recording 18 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes, and he is now averaging 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in those three outings.But it wasn’t just Hayes’s work offensively that made him Wisconsin’s most effective player, as he was also tasked with guarding Temple’s top scorer, Quenton Decosey. The junior performed admirably, as Hayes held Decosey to just seven points on 1-for-6 shooting — eight points below his season average thus far. Temple’s offensive attack had no chance of getting into a rhythm with their best player struggled to find the bottom of the net.Temple player of the game: Jaylen BondWith Decosey struggling, Bond stepped up to record a double-double of a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Bond became the focal point of Temple’s offense, as he took five more shots (13) than the next highest Owl player.NotableFreshman Kahlil Iverson did not play in the second half after playing 12 minutes in the first. UW head coach Bo Ryan said he was unable to play and will undergo further testing from the medical staff.Iverson’s absence allowed for fellow freshman Alex Illikainen to see extended time on the court. He scored six points in nine minutes.With foul trouble sending Vitto Brown to the bench early in the first half, Charlie Thomas saw extended playing time that bled into the second half. He played 26 minutes to Brown’s 15 and scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.The Badgers held Temple to 60 points, 11 points under their season average coming into Saturday’s game (71.2).QuotableWisconsin head coach Bo Ryan on the team having six players with six points at halftime:“I saw triple sixes and it made me real nervous. Six, six, six and then six, six, six. I have never seen it before. But there was this time, at Connie Mack Stadium. On the scoreboard, the score was 2-2. The count was 2-2. The outs were two. And they had that clock that was a digital clock. It was 2:22. I was about 10 years old. Straight twos across the board. Never seen it before. Will never see it again. But this one right here might be the second weirdest stat line.”Hayes on serving the role of defensive stopper:“It’s always a joy to go out and guard the other team’s best player, and for them to score not only below their average, but well below their average. It only makes sense if you can the best player on the other team and keep them from scoring and impacting the game, it makes it that much easier for your team to win. It’s a challenge I think great players aspire to.”Thomas on being more comfortable on the court:“I think it’s just me becoming more comfortable in the game. Just taking advantage of the best opportunities, hitting the open shots, going for the offensive and defensive boards. I think I did a good job of that today.”
Only 1 percent of contractors of Levi’s Stadium in California are people of color.Pros go from rags-to-riches-back-to-ragsSECOND OF A 3-PART SERIESEditors Note: As a sports agent, Attorney Everett Glenn has negotiated contracts for some of the biggest names in sports, including NFL Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Richard Dent and Reggie White as well as 11 first round draft picks. He has also had a front-row seat observing how Black athletes and the Black community are exploited, enriching others while leaving the community and, ultimately, the athletes themselves destitute. Sports is a $500 billion per year industry, but few of those dollars return to the African-American community. According to Sports Illustrated, by the time former NFL players have been retired for two years, nearly 80 percent of them “have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.” Within five years of retirement, approximately 60 percent of former NBA players are broke. After more than three decades of looking at this tragedy on the collegiate and professional level, Attorney Glenn pulls back the cover on these practices in a 3-part series for the NNPA News Service and, more importantly, outlines what can be done to halt the wholesale exploitation and initiate economic reciprocity.DeMaurice Smith, executive director of NFL Players Association (L), and Everett L. Glenn.WASHINGTON (NNPA) – There have been so many former professional athletes in the news recently who have gone from rags-to-riches-back-to-rags again that they could form their own reality show.Future Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, for example, accumulated some amazing stats during his 15-year NFL career as a wide receiver: second in league history with 15,934 yards, tied for second with 153 touchdowns and sixth with 1,078 catches.Instead of talking about his on-field accomplishments, however, fans and sportscasters are talking about his interview with Dr. Phil in which he disclosed that he has lost all of his money, estimated to be between $80 million and $100 million.After falling behind in child support payments to baby mama Kimberly Floyd, a judge ordered T.O. to complete eight hours of community service, which he performed at a Los Angeles Goodwill store.And there was former NBA baller Allen Iverson, who says he’s broke after earning more than $150 million during his 15-year NBA career, plus a Reebok endorsement worth $50 million . At his divorce proceedings last year, Iverson shouted to his estranged wife, Tawanna, “I don’t even have money for a cheeseburger.”Hundreds of other former professional athletes – including former Boston Celtic Antoine Walker, boxer Mike Tyson and track star Marion Jones – could be added to the list. And no matter how often their stories are told, we’re likely to see still more stories of personal and financial ruin.Let’s be clear: athletes who spend lavishly and regularly travel with as many as 50 freeloaders must accept direct responsibility for their current predicament. But they are not the only ones at fault in a system that routinely separates Black athletes from their community while they are still enrolled in college, steering them away from wives who look like them and White agents who don’t share their culture.What separates the exploitation of the Black athlete at the professional level, where Black athletes make up roughly 80 percent of the NBA and 70 percent of the NFL, is money. Big, big money. And big money in the hands of unsophisticated Black athletes is a train wreck waiting to happen, attracting agents, financial advisers and other professionals who view them as easy prey.In the typical scenario, a “qualified” agent lands a client and then quickly recommends a financial adviser. Or, vice versa. Maybe the pair recruits together. Maybe they just vouch for “their guy.” Maybe there are kickbacks. Maybe there is the expectation of future swaps. However it goes down, in the end, a player thinks he has two sets of independent, trustworthy eyes on his money when, in fact, he has none.How is it that well-paid agents and advisers are absolved of any responsibility and/or liability for their complicity in players’ financial fatalities? We read about Iverson’s financial problems with no mention of his agent, Leon Rose of CAA. We know about Terrell Owens’ money worries but Drew Rosenhaus, his “super agent,” isn’t held accountable. If you check the websites of major agents, they all in one form or another claim a “family-first” approach. The only family they put first is theirs.The same media that ignores their colossal failures had no problem demonizing Don King. He single-handedly changed the economics of the fight game with such promotions as the “Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila,” yet White-owned corporate media have portrayed King as an unrepentant villain. But they don’t make similar claims about his chief rival, Bob Arum, whom promoter Dana White accused of “sucking the life out of the sport (boxing).”Because coaches and university boosters, most of whom are White, steer Black athletes to White agents, many Black agents – such as Angelo Wright, Al Irby, Alvin Keels, Kennard McGuire and Tony Paige – don’t get a fair opportunity to represent most Black athletes. My guess is that Black player agents represent less than 15 percent of all NBA and NFL players.According to Sports Illustrated, by the time former NFL players have been retired for two years, nearly 80 percent of them “have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.” Within five years of retirement, approximately 60 percent of former NBA players are broke. By virtue of their numbers, it’s clear that Black agents are not leading a parade of Black athletes into bankruptcy or financial distress nor are they sitting by silently watching their clients commit financial suicide.