Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin opens Big Ten schedule with Ohio State matchup

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (3-4) will take on Big Ten rival Ohio State (5-2) as they begin their conference schedule at the Kohl Center Saturday.While the Badgers have showed glimpses of promise at times this season, the team has been thus far unable to close out close games in what has been a disappointing start to the year.  Wisconsin has capitalized on subpar competition, beating South Carolina State, Yale and UW-Milwaukee, but have lost all four games against major conference opponents this year.The player to look out for on Ohio State will be dynamic forward Keita Bates-Diop. The junior has one of the most unique skillsets in the Big Ten as he leads the Buckeyes in points, blocks, rebounds, three-pointers and three-point percentage while having only turned the ball over seven times all year.Men’s Basketball: Badgers run out of ammo in battle with CavaliersThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell short yet again in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup against Virginia Monday Read…Fortunately, Wisconsin has their own dynamic defender in Khalil Iverson to take on Bates-Diop. Iverson’s athleticism and hustle has made him one of the Badgers’ most impressive defenders with a defensive plus-minus of 3.9 points per game while he is on the floor.On the other side of the ball, Wisconsin will look to rebound after a dismal 37-point offensive performance against Virginia.  While this was in part due to opposing coach Tony Bennett’s slow style of play, the team needs to convert on their attempts with greater efficiency as they only shot 31.3 percent from the field and 15.1 percent from three against the Cavaliers.For the Badgers to win this game, they will need scorers like Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice to hit their shots and hopefully draw some of the heavy coverage off of star forward Ethan Happ. The young backcourt duo will look to get back on track this game after shooting just 1-9 from deep in the last contest.Ohio State will be an important challenge for Wisconsin to prove themselves as a contender in a Big Ten conference that is loaded with parity. As of now the only ranked teams in the conference are No. 3 Michigan State and No. 12 Minnesota who the Badgers will not face until late January and February.Tip-off is at 7 p.m. this Saturday in Madison with live coverage available on FOX.last_img read more

Sportradar white paper highlights importance of betting data in boosting engagement

first_img David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Major industry supplier Sportradar has released its second OTT white paper, ‘The Future of the OTT Experience’ which offers insight into how data can be used to boost engagement.The inclusion of betting content and advanced insights, according to the white paper, can also facilitate a growth in engagement with modern audiences and keep them on platforms longer.The report looks into the ways that data rights holders and content owners can maximise sports data and statistical insights to heighten engagement.Felix Blank, Director of Digital Platforms at Sportradar, commented: “Following the positive feedback we received around our first white paper – The Monetisation of OTT and Data – we are pleased to be able to continue sharing both our and our clients’ knowledge with rights holders and content owners.“In a splintered and competitive media landscape, publishers need to ensure their video strategy is as engaging and user-focused as it can be. By using data not only to keep viewers engaged but also properly monetise the overall strategy, rights holders can fully leverage their digital ecosystem.”The paper highlighted the increasing importance of data when it comes to rights holders increasing engagement and monetising their offering.The white paper also offers insights into the growth and engagement of OTT services and emphasised that data is key to the personalisation of content and the overall monetisation strategy for rights holders, content owners and sports teams.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Jaylon Ferguson’s agent releases statement defending him after combine ban

first_img NFL Draft 2019: Jaylon Ferguson reportedly uninvited from combine after background check “We disagree with the NFL’s position with regards to Jaylon Ferguson,” the statement read, in part, via NFL Network. “Jaylon is a great person who made a mistake 4 years ago before he started playing college football. He was involved in a scuffle that resulted in him being charged with misdemeanor simple batter. He received a deferred judgment and $189.00 fine, a proper punishment for a fight between two teenagers. Since that day Jaylon has been a fine and upstanding student athlete that personifies the things we are trying to teach our young people today.”As opposed to penalizing and vilifying the future players of the league, we would hope the league would allow Jaylon and other similarly situated players the opportunity to prove to potential employers that they are remorseful, and have learned from their mistakes, accepted responsibility, want to be good role models and are better people now for it.” Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson and his agent are unhappy with the NFL’s decision to revoke his invitation to the combine. Ferguson’s agent, Safarrah Lawson, issued a statement Thursday defending Ferguson’s character. NFL Network reported Wednesday that the league rescinded Ferguson’s invitation after his background check revealed he had been convicted of simple battery following a fight at a McDonald’s during his freshman year at Tech. A strong statement from agent Safarrah Lawson on #LaTech prospect Jaylon Ferguson, whose invite to the Combine was rescinded yesterday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2019The NFL released a memo in 2016 saying it would not invite prospects to “any league-related event” if they had misdemeanor or felony convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses, per USA Today.A potential first-round pick, Ferguson recorded an NCAA-record 45 sacks during his four seasons at Louisiana Tech and was named the 2018 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. While Ferguson won’t attend the combine, which takes place Feb. 26-March 4 in Indianapolis, NFL Network notes Ferguson has already started the process of reaching out to teams to schedule visits. Related Newslast_img read more