Green Bay's path to the postseason clearly isn't an easy one, but no one can deny that the 7-6 Packers' chances have increased with Aaron Rodgers being cleared to play. A Rodgers-led team would be a dangerous wild-card entry. Need we remind you that when Green Bay won the Super Bowl in 2010 with Rodgers under center the Packers were a 6 seed?
USA TODAY SportsBrad Rempel
The Bucks' EKG (↑ UP)
Bucks broadcasters Jim Paschke and Marques Johnson have been referring to Milwaukee's "Big Three" (an overused nickname) of Eric Bledsoe, Kris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo as EKG -- i.e. they are the heart of the Bucks. That was certainly the case last week. All three players averaged over 20 points per game, with Bledsoe at 22.0, Middleton 24.0 and Antetokounmpo 29.7. Not-so-coincidentally, the Bucks won all three games. Middleton has been scorching hot from the field, shooting better than 54 percent from the field in each of his last seven games. He made 61 percent of his shots in the three wins, including 9 of 15 from 3, and hit all 13 of his free-throw attempts. Giannis shot 52.6 percent from the field and had a double-double in all three games. With Bledsoe on the roster, the Bucks are 11-4 heading into Wednesday night's game.
Badgers' NCAA tournament streak (↓ DOWN)
A couple of weeks ago we remarked how Wisconsin's stock was down in trying to keep alive its streak of finishing in the top four of the Big Ten, which the Badgers have done every season leading up to this in the Bo Ryan-Greg Gard era (2001-17). Wisconsin's NCAA streak is even longer. The Badgers have made the Big Dance every year since the 1998-99 season. The last time Wisconsin failed was when it finished with a 12-19 record the previous year. Sporting a 4-7 record and seeing two key players go down with injuries -- freshman guard Kobe King, a key sub, is out for the season and starting point guard sophomore D'Mitrik Trice is sidelined indefinitely. In a blowout loss to Marquette, Gard used former walk-on T.J. Schlundt, who had played all of 17 minutes heading to the game, for 13 minutes. March Madness might have a different meaning this year in Madison.
USA TODAY SportsMary Langenfeld
Domingo Santana, Brewers outfielder (➡ EVEN)
Santana was a revelation for Milwaukee in 2017, setting numerous career highs after batting .278 with 30 home runs, 88 runs, 85 RBI and 15 stolen bases. But will he be in the Brewers' outfield in 2018? After such a great season, just turning 25 in August and not eligible for free agency until 2022, Santana's name has popped up often in trade rumors at baseball's winter meetings. Milwaukee has a number of outfield prospects in the system and the Brewers could look to cash in on a player whose stock may never be higher (of course, he could build on last year as well -- always a conundrum when deciding whether to keep or deal a player).
Associated PressJeff Roberson
Markus Howard, Marquette guard (↑ UP)
It was a good couple of days for the Golden Eagles sophomore. On Saturday, helped Marquette trounce rival Wisconsin on the road, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Two days later, he was tabbed the Big East player of the week (which also included his 34-point effort in a win over Vermont). Howard leads the conference with a 22.5 point scoring average.