Junior forward Ryan Evans electrified the rowdy Kohl Center crowd Tuesday night, playing above the rim in the closing stages vs. PU[/media-credit]The blizzard that roared outside the Kohl Center may have held back a sizeable amount of the audience on Tuesday night, but that didn’t mean the crowd couldn’t be as loud as ever.The No. 18/19 Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-5, 6-3) fought for a 66-59 victory over No. 10/11 Purdue (18-5, 7-3) in a game rife with physicality and energy.Down by six with 10 minutes remaining, the Badgers stormed back after an alley-oop, a three-pointer and a timely school closure announcement sent the arena into a frenzy.Junior guard Jordan Taylor connected with sophomore forward Ryan Evans on the highlight-reel dunk, and senior forward Keaton Nankivil sunk the three-pointer that sparked UW with the game’s final stretch approaching.The twelfth and final lead change of the game occurred with 50 seconds remaining when Evans hit a jumper from the free throw line, giving Wisconsin a 60-59 advantage.“I think that dunk was big, it was almost perfect timing. The crowd was unbelievable tonight,” Taylor said. “Whenever you play a tough opponent like that, you’ll take any advantage you can get. Of course Biddy with that strategic placement of the announcement contributed too.”Wisconsin senior forward Jon Leuer registered a double-double with game-highs in both scoring (24 points) and rebounding (13). Taylor chipped in another 15 points and an extra seven rebounds and five assists.Freshman guard Josh Gasser went 4-4 from the field – including two baskets from the arc – contributing 11 points. Evans, coming off the bench, went 5-9 from the field, scoring 10.“We’ve been talking all year round about how we have guys that people might not think twice about just because they might not be the big names,” Taylor said. “Ryan has been saying what he can do for this team all year long, and he showed it tonight.”Big Ten leading scorer JaJuan Johnson led the Boilermakers with 23 points and three blocks while guard E’Twaun Moore added another 15.After Evans hit the jumper, the Boilermakers failed to get a basket on their next two possessions and the Badgers upped their lead to 63-59 off of free throws.On Purdue’s next possession, Moore drove across the paint in attempt to lay it in, but Evans stepped in to snub it. Moore hit the ground with the ball still in his hands and the travel call gave the ball back to Wisconsin.Despite the quiet season Evans has had, UW head coach Bo Ryan wasn’t surprised to see Evans’ clutch performance against PU.“There wasn’t any difference in practice, he still works hard,” Ryan said. “He’s a human being, who, when you get a little bit of success, the tendency is to turn it into more.”For much of the first half, neither team led by more than four points until Wisconsin finished the period on a 7-0 run that included an off-balanced three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining and the shot clock nearing zero.“They made some big shots; obviously Jordan Taylor’s three at the end of the first half was a big shot,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “They had that nice little run there that closed the half out.”Wisconsin scored nine points off of 10 Purdue turnovers in the first half, but the Boilermakers cleaned up in that area in the second, committing only three.Neither team shot higher than 37.5 percent from the field in the first half, but both converted around 50 percent in the second.Purdue scored 20 of 40 second-half points in the paint, mostly through Johnson, who scored 17 of his 23 in the final period as well.But over the game’s final five minutes, Purdue hit just three of its last 10 shots and committed another turnover, which allowed Wisconsin to slip by and hold the lead.“I was proud of our guys’ effort in the second half and thought we did some real good things, but we had some breakdowns in the last couple minutes, and that hurt us,” Painter said.On Sunday, Wisconsin suffered a 56-52 loss at Penn State. And with Tuesday night’s win, the Badgers have now won 19 consecutive games that follow a loss.When asked how his team can consistently bounce back, Ryan had a simple answer.“Here’s my theory: don’t lose,” Ryan said. “If you come to our practices, you’d have no idea what happened the game before, and there is a purpose to that.”
On Monday, the latest UCLA star announced an early departure from the athletics program.It wasn’t for the NFL or the NBA Draft. Instead, it was redshirt freshman Mallory Pugh — a star forward for the U.S. soccer team who debuted in the Olympics at the age of 17 — making the headlines. On Monday morning, Pugh made the decision to forgo her remaining four years of college eligibility in order to pursue a professional soccer career.Pugh isn’t the first women’s soccer player to make this move — Lindsey Horan did the same two years ago, skipping the college process completely to play for Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in France. This decision is common among Olympic athletes in every sport. The reason? A set of NCAA rules that hold back college Olympians from receiving the same compensation as the rest of their team.Due to NCAA restrictions, Olympians still can’t accept any form of payment or gifts from their federations. That means that Olympic athletes forgo massive paychecks in order to earn a college education.Katie Ledecky, the current Stanford swimmer who won five gold medals in the Rio Olympics, made this fact famous when she was forced to refuse a waffle maker during a stint on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Despite the fact that she’d recently set multiple world records and won gold medals along the way, Ledecky couldn’t accept the gift in order to protect her “amateur” status in the NCAA.The irony of this situation is that athletes like Pugh and Ledecky aren’t “amateurs” in any regard. Sure, they’re still college students and yes, they’ve only been legal adults for a few years. But these athletes represent some of the top competitors in the world, and they have already shaped and molded the future of their sports. Ledecky will always set the bar in any pool that she swims in, and Pugh is tough enough for veteran opponents to guard despite being only 18 years old.Ultimately, Olympic athletes who decide to stay in college take on the duties of both an Olympian and a college athlete, but forgo many of the rewards of both teams. When the Olympics and the World Cup roll around, these elite athletes will even skip out on college practices and games to travel to national team camps and events. And many athletes won’t benefit from the free education that is considered “compensation” for their time as a college athlete — take, for example, former USC women’s soccer player Amy Rodriguez, who delayed her graduation in order to compete in the 2008 Olympics.When discussions of NCAA player compensation and amateur restrictions are brought up, the most common argument in defense of these rules is one that protects sports such as women’s soccer or swimming. The main concern is that compensation and gifts would be aimed mainly at sports that turn a profit, such as football or men’s basketball, without the same funds being spread to less popular sports. This would seem unfair, especially since every college athletics team works the same demanding hours and invests the same level of effort while chasing a national title.But the issue of national team compensation flips that argument completely on its head. When it comes to paying Olympic athletes, football and men’s basketball are completely removed from the conversation, as one is not an Olympic sport and the other fields a team of NBA players. In the Olympics, the teams stacked with NCAA talent are the less popular events that could be hurt by player compensation — anything from swimming and women’s soccer to water polo and gymnastics.The intricacies of NCAA player compensation can be debated for hours, but this specific issue is simple. Olympic athletes should be allowed to accept money for their work on their national teams. The compensation comes from national federations, meaning that it puts no pressure on colleges to spend athletic funds on player paychecks rather than scholarships or other expenditures. This type of compensation also doesn’t allow fans to sway athletes or violate any type of “gift-giving” regulations that the NCAA feels are necessary.In the end, there aren’t any clear reasons why the NCAA does not allow student Olympians to accept the same rewards as the rest of the team. After all, the athletes accept their medals — which are priced upwards of $500 — along with piles of team-branded gear, free flights and team events that include free games, concerts and more. The extension of a team salary seems as if it would follow common logic.And in the end, how are these restrictions truly helping the NCAA? Whether or not Pugh or Ledecky enter their school with a U.S. salary in their bank account, they will remain the top athletes of their age groups. No amount of national team payment could change the fact that these athletes are the best of the best, and they certainly wouldn’t do anything about the fact that Ledecky will lap most of her competition, NCAA or international.Pugh’s decision could put her at a level of risk that male college-stars-turned-pro don’t necessarily face, as women’s soccer doesn’t have the same financial payout as men’s sports like football or basketball. Although Pugh already has the star power to become the next Alex Morgan or Mia Hamm, her paycheck after a couple of years in the NWSL or the Euro Leagues will be only a fraction of the salary of men’s basketball or footballone-and-done stars.Nonetheless, taking the leap into professional soccer this early is a gamble that, barring injuries, will pay off in the long run for Pugh. And next season, the NCAA will miss out on one of the most explosive players in the game.It’s time for the NCAA to make a change. Allowing athletes to reap the benefits of their Olympic glory won’t do anything to hurt the college game — and it might, in fact, help it.Julia Poe is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs on Wednesdays.
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