UW looks for rare road win at Purdue


first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)If there’s any place the Badgers would probably prefer not to go once a year, it would be Mackey Arena, a place Wisconsin has won just three times since it opened in 1968.At one point, UW went to West Lafayette, Ind., 29 times in 32 years and returned home with a loss in each of those 29 trips before winning in 2005.During the Bo Ryan era, Wisconsin is just 1-5 in games played in Mackey Arena. While the Badgers are better against Purdue in Madison, the Boilermakers, at 7-6, are the only team with a winning record against UW in Ryan’s eight-plus years at the helm.Still, Ryan is not one to focus on the location of the game. All the UW head coach cares about is his team playing its game, regardless of the opponent or the location.“I don’t ever think about the place,” Ryan said. “I never let that muddy anything I ever think about to prepare for a game. I let other people do that. I don’t get into that.”Considering the Badgers’ last road win over the Boilermakers came five years ago on Jan. 5, 2005, it would be hard not to think about the location of tonight’s game.None of the current players on the UW roster have experienced a victory at Mackey Arena, and none of the current Boilermakers has ever lost at home to the Badgers.It could be the elevated court or the wide sideline, but they have that in Minnesota, too. Maybe it’s the darkness of the arena, or the crowd noise. Whatever it is, the Badgers clearly have struggled to find success at Mackey.“Anytime going into their place it changes the game,” junior guard/forward Tim Jarmusz said. “Their atmosphere is a lot different than ours. That place gets loud — they have great fan support.“They can really disrupt some players.”One thing in the Badgers’ favor is the fact they’ve already beaten Purdue this season.In that win, however, junior forward Jon Leuer crashed hard to the floor and fractured a bone in his left wrist.Leuer had surgery the following week and remains out indefinitely.Though he was ineffective offensively because of his injured wrist, Leuer pulled down 10 rebounds against the Boilermakers — all on the defensive end — in the winning effort.Now, without the 6-foot-10 native of Long Lake, Minn., the Badgers will likely have a difficult time inside against forward/center JaJuan Johnson, who also stands at 6-foot-10.While UW faced similar difficulty against Ohio State and Dallas Lauderdale, tonight’s game will likely be the strongest challenge for Wisconsin during Leuer’s absence.“I think it will; it will be one of the toughest tests we face without Jon,” Jarmusz said. “They do have some good bigs who can do some good things, but I think we’ve got some guys that can make some plays and take them out of their game, too.”When the Badgers beat the Boilermakers on Jan. 9, it was their guard play that made the difference as seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes had 20 and 14 points, respectively, while sophomore Jordan Taylor led the team with a career-high 23 points.Bohannon, Hughes and Taylor will need to perform as well or better this time around, especially with the Badgers’ newfound lack of size.Looking at the way Wisconsin has played in the last two weeks, the Badgers’ guard trio will need to connect on more than the 27.5 percent of 3-point attempts UW has made in the past four games.Bohannon agreed, noting that shooting 30-for-109 over the last four games and 10-of-33 in the last game against Northwestern was not getting the job done, despite going 3-1 in the same stretch.“I hope that’s not where we’re at because we’re shooting — in that last game from three — well below 33 percent,” he said. “I think we’re a much better team than that. I think our numbers show that, too.“We’ve had stretches in a game where all of us are not hitting, and then all of a sudden one person will hit and hit four or five in a row,” Bohannon continued. “It’s good that we have players that have the confidence and the grit to keep shooting the ball and know that the percentages play in our favor and we’re a good shooting team.”If you ask Taylor, he’ll tell you the Badgers do not need to change much to get a win at Purdue, something they were unable to do at Ohio State on Jan. 16.One thing he thought they did need to do, though, was avoid firing up so many threes.“Just stick to what we do,” he said. “Maybe play a little better defense. … Move the ball, be aggressive and not start settling for too many outside shots.”last_img read more

Week 13 Fantasy RB Rankings: Derrick Henry bullies his way into top five


first_imgThe best fantasy football owners can do sometimes is react. Heading into Week 13, we’re able to assess guys like Rashaad Penny, Bo Scarbrough and Benny Snell Jr. with some accuracy. Sure, it would’ve been nice to know last week that Penny and Snell should be in all our lineups, but it’s never that simple. There was a case to be made for Scarbrough — he already placed near RB2 territory a week ago. But you’ve surely opened the Week 13 fantasy RB rankings to see if what happened last week can happen again.With Snell, the answer is contingent on the health of James Conner (shoulder). There’s no reason Snell can’t put up solid numbers on heavy volume against the Browns in Week 13 if he gets to be the lead back. If Conner returns, Snell will be relegated to the sideline and not have a chance at big numbers — so, essentially, we can’t really know much about Snell until late in the week. Penny seems more likely to continue his production, although he’s still got to compete with Chris Carson. Penny’s usage Sunday wasn’t injury-related, though, and Chris Carson has pushed himself toward the doghouse because of fumbles multiple times. Penny’s a former first-rounder and probably someone you can trust as a FLEX. Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis!MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 13 Fantasy RB RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. WAS2Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. GB3Dalvin Cook, MIN @ SEA4Josh Jacobs, OAK @ KC. Kansas City allows the most fantasy points to running backs, so Jacobs might be looking at a huge Week 13. 5Derrick Henry, TEN @ IND. Assuming Henry didn’t reverse script and use up all his good weeks already, we’re entering the time of year when he became a leaguer winner a year ago.6Le’Veon Bell, NYJ @ CIN7Alvin Kamara, NO @ ATL. Kamara hasn’t been as effective on the ground as we’ve come to expect, but nine catches saved his fantasy day Sunday and a similar output could be coming his way Thursday night against a Falcons team that can be seriously thrown on.8Nick Chubb, CLE @ PIT9Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. BUF. Commentators really like saying that Zeke likes to eat, so what better day for him to totally get back on the right track than Thanksgiving?10Aaron Jones, GB @ NYG11Melvin Gordon, LAC @ DEN12Todd Gurley, LAR @ ARZ13Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. LAC14David Montgomery, CHI @ DET. Detroit’s biggest weakness is defending against solid running backs, so Montgomery should have one more great game before he approaches the rookie wall. 15Miles Sanders, PHI @ MIA.16Joe Mixon, CIN vs. NYJ17Devin Singletary, BUF @ DAL18Leonard Fournette, JAX vs. TB. Tampa has allowed the second-fewest rushing yards, but Fournette is too good to really consider sitting, especially when you add in his increased role in the passing game this season.19Chris Carson, SEA vs. MIN20Jonathan Williams, IND vs. TEN. Williams saw nearly 30 touches a week ago, and with Marlon Mack (hand) out, you pretty much have to ride the hot hand here.21Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. CLE. We’ve removed James Conner from the rankings and moved Snell to this spot to adjust accordingly for what should be a heavy early-down workload.22Derrius Guice, WAS @ CAR. Guice saw an increase from seven to 10 carries in his second game back from injury, while Adrian Peterson also rushed 10 times and matched Guice’s one catch. Guice is probably the more talented back at this point, but it’s not a super encouraging situation for fantasy upside. This matchup is, however, so Guice should have a solid day.23Tevin Coleman, SF @ BAL24Devonta Freeman, ATL vs. NO. Check to be sure Freeman is active Thursday night.25Bo Scarbrough, DET vs. CHI. The Bears’ run defense is deceiving at this point. It’s right about league average in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Scarbrough should see 15-plus carries again on Thanksgiving, so you can feel decent about starting him.26Ronald Jones, TB @ JAX27Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. LAR28Austin Ekeler, LAC @ DEN29Darrel Williams, KC vs. OAK30Kareem Hunt, CLE @ PIT. Hunt’s overall offensive involvement has made him useful in standard leagues, although not to the extent that he’s extra reliable in PPR formats.31Carlos Hyde, HOU vs. NE. The Pats have allowed the fewest fantasy points to RBs this season. The Texans’ offense might move the ball decent with Deshaun Watson at the controls, but that doesn’t mean you can count on a ton of production from Hyde.32James White, NE @ HOU33Sony Michel, NE @ HOU34Mark Ingram, BAL vs. SF. San Francisco has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs in 2019. Baltimore’s best option in this game will be to rely heavily on Lamar Jackson, which means Ingram’s upside is severely limited. 35Jamaal Williams, GB @ NYG36Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. MIN. Penny’s huge game in Week 12 will have us keeping our eyes on comments out of Seattle all week. This is a former first-rounder who could be extra valuable in fantasy if he were to leapfrog Chris Carson on the depth chart.37LeSean McCoy, KC vs. OAK38David Johnson, ARZ vs. LAR39Adrian Peterson, WAS @ CAR40Tarik Cohen, CHI @ DET41Latavius Murray, NO @ ATL42Raheem Mostert, SF @ BAL43Kalen Ballage, MIA vs. PHI. When eight touches for 26 yards is an improvement, that’s when it whacks you over the head again that it might be time to find a different running back. 44Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. CLE45Peyton Barber, TB @ JAX46Royce Freeman, DEN vs. LAC47Duke Johnson Jr., HOU vs. NE48Jay Ajayi, PHI @ MIA. Ajayi received six carries in Week 12 and could be a speculative play this week if Jordan Howard remains out, but you’d be betting on Ajayi finding the end zone to make his fantasy start worthwhile.49Brian Hill, ATL vs. NO. Hill would rise back up to around 40 if Devonta Freeman is out Thursday night.50Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN. Hines saw a season-high nine carries with Marlon Mack (hand) out in Week 12, so you can probably pencil Hines in for low double-digit touches.51Frank Gore, BUF @ DAL52Dare Ogunbowale, TB @ JAX53Bilal Powell, NYJ @ CIN54Alexander Mattison, MIN @ SEA55Gus Edwards, BAL vs. SF56J.D. McKissic, DET vs. CHI57Malcolm Brown, LAR @ ARZ58Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. NYJ59Rex Burkhead, NE @ HOU60Tony Pollard, DAL vs. BUF61Dion Lewis, TEN @ IND62Ty Johnson, DET vs. CHI63Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. GB WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerScarbrough might be the easiest to trust in terms of continuing his workload going forward, but his Week 13 Thanksgiving matchup against the Bears is the trickiest to want to play him in. Two weeks of dominating the Lions’ carries suggest that the former Alabama back has made the starter’s job his, so he should definitely be rostered, but starting him this week might be just as risky as the others.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPOther than those waiver wire targets, it’s another week of anticipating good and bad matchups. David Montgomery (@ Lions) and Jordan Howard (@ Dolphins) have two of the best. Carlos Hyde (vs. Patriots) and Mark Ingram (vs. 49ers) have two of the worst. In the middle, you have a guy like Jonathan Williams, who saw nearly 30 touches on Week 12 Thursday Night Football but had really never been heard from much in his career. We’d take the relatively unproven Williams with seemingly lots of volume over two veterans in tough situations like Hyde and Ingram.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAnd at last, with no bye weeks, you may actually be able to sit guys like Hyde and Ingram in matchups that you had no choice but to play them in before. Don’t forget, too, to check your lineup before 12:30 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving to make your early decisions.MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSlast_img read more