With Milwaukee during spring training on a minor-league contract, Miley is making a bid to get a major-league deal and join the Brewers' rotation. With no lefty starters guaranteed a spot, Miley and Brent Suter are battling to join the staff. While Suter has tossed four scoreless innings, Miley sports a 0.00 ERA in eight spring innings (three unearned runs allowed) with 11 strikeouts and, perhaps more importantly considering his wildness last season, just one walk.
Travis Shaw, Brewers third baseman (↑ UP)
Shaw hadn't gotten much playing time yet in exhibitions but manager Craig Counsell indicated that would change to help Shaw get into a groove with the season drawing nearer. Right on cue, Shaw blasted two home runs against the White Sox on Tuesday.
Marquette basketball (↑ UP)
With the Big East tournament beginning Wednesday night, the Golden Eagles have moved themselves into at least a possible bubble position for the NCAA tournament thanks to wins in four of their last five games. The lone loss over that stretch was to DePaul, who Marquette faces in the opening round of the tournament. A win would up MU's record to 19-12 and mean a date with Villanova in the quarterfinals. Beating the Wildcats, and earning victory No. 20, would make it tough to keep Marquette out of the Big Dance.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (↓ DOWN)
Look, it's not often we'll have someone who scored 22.0 points per game over four contests with a down arrow, but hear us out. So much is expected of Antetokounmpo and he wasn't up to his usual standards last week. In three of four games he shot 38.5, 33.3 and 43.8 percent from the field. In a game at Detroit on Feb 28 he had season lows of 11 points and three rebounds and at Indiana on Monday he missed a potential game-tying 3 at the buzzer.
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Jabari Parker, Bucks forward (↑ UP)
Parker scored in double digits in three straight games, and in the only one he didn't he played just 18 minutes (he was over 20 minutes in the other three). Parker shot 50 percent from the field, largely buoyed by a 7-of-10 shooting performance at Indiana, but he also made half of his 12 3-point attempts and has hit from downtown in six consecutive games after making only two 3s in his first seven games of the season. Maybe the time is near where his minutes will increase past 25, which he's reached just twice so far. The Bucks certainly could use him.
Thon Maker, Bucks forward/center (↓ DOWN)
It wasn't that long ago that we were excited about Maker's progress. However, it's one step forward, two steps back. This past week Maker made just 1 of 9 shots and has just one point over his last three games. He had a negative box score plus/minus for four straight games after being in the positive in five of his previous six games.
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Natrell Jamerson and Leon Jacobs, former Badgers (↑ UP)
If we're talking about rising stock, look no further than how these Wisconsin players helped themselves at the NFL combine. Safety Jamerson ran a fast 4.40 in the 40-yard dash while Jacobs has the second-best 40 time for a linebacker, posting a 4.48 -- even more impressive since he weighed in at 246 pounds. Both also had good bench press numbers -- 26 times for Jacobs and 25 for Jamerson, the latter tied for the most among all defensive backs. We'll see how things turn out for the pair at the end of April in the draft, but both helped themselves in Indianapolis.
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Wisconsin basketball (➡ EVEN)
It was a tough year for the Badgers, but they finished the season winning five of their last seven games with the two defeats being close losses to Michigan State. While fans certainly can be discouraged after a 15-18 season, the way UW played down the stretch combined with the return of several promising young players such as Brad Davison, Brevin Pritzl and Akeem Ford plus Kobe King and D'Mitrik Trice, who both missed most of the season due to injuries, not to mention a stellar recruiting class, and there also is plenty of reason for optimism, even if Ethan Happ decides to head to the NBA.