UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball played exhibition game against UW-Madison – The Spectator
The UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball team played an exhibition game against UW-Madison on October 30 at the Kohl Center.
It was an exciting exhibition game, according to Nick Hovendirector of media relations and sports information at UW-Eau Claire.
“The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has an agreement with the Wisconsin Badgers, where they rotate annually for an exhibition game against schools in the conference,” Hoven said. “It was our team this year and in eight years we will return to Madison.”
Hoven said the UW-Eau Claire team was able to take on one of the top basketball teams in the country at one of the top sports venues in the country, the Kohl Center.
In addition, Greg Gard, the Badger’s head coach, joined the team in hosting a banquet at Eau Claire to raise money for cancer awareness. The money from the banquet is donated to local cancer research organizations.
Matt Silverlingthe head coach of the men’s basketball team, said, “One of the biggest highlights came at halftime when some of our local cancer charities received checks.
The fundraiser took place at Eau Claire’s Pablo Center and the funds were donated to several organizations, including Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, Camp of Joshua and Marshfield Clinic Mobile Mammographyaccording spencer flatten of The chief telegram.
The scrimmage was a great opportunity for the team, according to Silverling. The team had the chance to face several of its players during the game, giving them the experience of facing the Wisconsin Badgers.
“At the start of the game there were some nerves that we had to overcome, and that was to be expected,” Siverling said. “Once we took control, I felt like we did some good things both in attack and defence.”
Brock Voigta fourth-year finance student, said each member of the team can shoulder their weight and contribute quality minutes to the game.
“One of our greatest strengths is our depth,” Voigt said. “When we come in from the bench, there is no drop at all. Every guy on our team can play and deal with the adversity we face during the game”
According Spencer Pagea fifth-year finance and economics student, the Badgers had more size and strength than the Blugolds, but the team was able to play a relatively even game late in the first half and into the second.
“I would say our depth and conditioning are two of our team’s strengths,” Page said. “Those two things contribute to our defense and our style of play.”
The Badgers won the scrimmage, with a final score of 76-45, but both players and Silverling unanimously agreed that the game was a great experience and they were happy with the result.
“This game gave me hope for the future of this team,” Voigt said. “I think we have great things to come this season.”
The Blugolds’ first conference game is at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Zorn Arena. They will play against Bethel University.
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