After career game against Washington, Bucks’ Payton trending up
FOX Sports Wisconsin
Every Wednesday, FOX Sports Wisconsin takes a look at which athletes’ stock is trending up and whose is trending down.
In other words, who is making a meteoric rise (see: Payton, Gary), and who is quickly plummeting.
With that in mind, let’s "take stock" of the current sports scene in Wisconsin.
Brett Hundley, Packers quarterback (⬇ DOWN)
Well, that didn’t last very long. Hundley was trending up after he tallied a career-high passer rating of 110.7 in last week’s win over the Bears. That was not the case Sunday. Hundley threw three interceptions and lost a fumble, and the Packers were shut out 23-0 by the Baltimore Ravens. In the five games Hundley’s played (four starts, plus subbing in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in Minnesota), the Packers are 1-4 and are scoring an average of 13.4 points per game.
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Alex Hornibrook, Badgers quarterback (➡ EVEN)
Haters gonna hate. Hornibrook got off to a rough start in the first half against Michigan and tossed an interception early in the second half, but he impressed even his biggest critics after that. The sophomore connected with A.J. Taylor for a long pass and thread the needle to him once again for a touchdown, which broke open the defensive battle in Wisconsin’s 24-10 win over Michigan.
Gary Payton II, Bucks guard (⬆ UP)
The Mitten, as he’s known around the basketball community, is making the most of his two-way contract with the Bucks. On Monday, Payton played 14:38 against Washington and had 8 points on 4-of-6 shooting, a game that followed his five minutes of action at Dallas. His 19 minutes against the Wizards were more than D.J. Wilson (5), Joel Bolomboy (3), Jason Terry (3) and Rashad Vaughn (3) combined, albeit all those guys aren't guards.
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Badgers basketball (⬇ DOWN)
After starting the year 2-0, the new-look Wisconsin squad lost three straight games to ranked nonconference opponents. The Badgers fell 80-70 to No. 15 Xavier on Thursday, then went on to lose to No. 22 Baylor and No. 23 UCLA (yes, the latter without LiAngelo Ball) by a combined seven points.
Winning two, or even one, of these games would have looked impressive on the Badgers’ resume when March comes around. Luckily, there’s still a lot of season to be played. Wisconsin’s next nonconference test against a quality opponent is a Nov. 7 road game at Virginia, a team that’s made the NCAA Tournament the past four seasons.
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Khris Middleton (⬆ UP)
Middleton had a big week, averaging 21.7 points per game while shooting 56.5 percent from the field. Through 16 games this year, Middleton is averaging career highs in points (18.7), rebounds (4.9) and assists (4.7). He ranks third in the NBA in minutes per game (37.1), behind teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo (37.8) and someone named LeBron James (37.9).