February 6, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappBucknell (9-15, 5-6) vs. Loyola (Md.) (11-13, 3-8)Reitz Arena, Baltimore; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bucknell looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Loyola (Md.). Bucknell has won by an average of 14 points in its last six wins over the Greyhounds. Loyola (Md.)’s last win in the series came on Feb. 15, 2017, a 78-77 win. Bucknell looks to extend streak vs Loyola STEPPING UP: The explosive Andrew Kostecka has averaged 21 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals to lead the way for the Greyhounds. Isaiah Hart is also a key contributor, accounting for 9.4 points per game. The Bison have been led by Jimmy Sotos, who is averaging 11.9 points.CLAMPING DOWN: The Bison have given up only 67.4 points per game to Patriot League opponents so far, an improvement from the 78.6 per game they allowed in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JIMMY: Sotos has connected on 38.7 percent of the 119 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 85.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Greyhounds are 0-6 when they score 62 points or fewer and 11-7 when they exceed 62 points. The Bison are 0-9 when they fail to score more than 63 points and 9-6 on the season, otherwise.STREAK STATS: Bucknell has scored 61.3 points per game and allowed 69.7 over its three-game road losing streak.DID YOU KNOW: Loyola (Md.) is ranked second among Patriot League teams with an average of 73.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have averaged 80.8 points per game over their last five games. Associated Press
In response to the tough conference loss to Michigan last Sunday, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team is preparing to fight harder and dig even deeper Wednesday when they take on in-state rival UW-Milwaukee.The matchup will be one of the most evenly-matched competitions of the season, as both teams have garnered success despite a few bumps along the way. The Panthers (10-2-1) currently occupy third place in the Horizon League, while the Badgers (9-3-1) have earned impressive wins including defeating Indiana, last year’s NCAA champion. The two teams have played some of the same names and saw similar outcomes for many. Both UW and Milwaukee defeated DePaul, Marquette, Western Illinois and Western Michigan in 2013.But while it remains unclear who has the upper hand in Wednesday’s meeting, one thing is certain: Both teams want the win and want it badly.“I know these guys were disappointed in the results [Sunday],” head coach John Trask said. “I like to think they’re going to come out with 110 percent effort, and it’s going to take that to get the win against Milwaukee.”As the regular season is beginning to wrap up, with only five games remaining for Wisconsin, the countdown to playoffs makes every point in each game count that much more. Adding to the hype is the tension between the two Wisconsin schools that comes around every year.“[Wednesday] will be a heated rivalry game,” Trask said. “We know their players, and they know our players. It’s going to be a classic battle.”And for junior defender AJ Cochran, looking back at last year’s matchup makes it more than your average in-state rivalry.“Last year we played a very good game against them and they beat us 1-0,” Cochran said. “That’s still burning inside us, and it’s going to be a fire we have with us on Wednesday.”For Wisconsin, their advantage will continue to be what has helped them progress all season long.“[On] our team, [the advantage] is our experience and maturity,” Cochran said. “We have a lot of seniors, we’ve played [Milwaukee] a lot, played at their field a lot too, which helps for an away game. We know what their atmosphere is like and know their players.”Wisconsin’s roster this year consists of 13 seniors, most of whom have been playing together for the entirety of their college careers.The Badgers are also very familiar with junior Panther Luke Goodnetter, who spent his freshman year at Wisconsin before transferring to Green Bay and finally ending up in Milwaukee. This season is Goodnetter’s first year on the field with the Panthers, and he has started most games for Milwaukee as a midfielder, proving himself a key player on the team.Going head-to-head with a former teammate may give Wisconsin a little extra incentive come Wednesday, but if there’s one thing the Badgers pride themselves on, it’s the fight they have shown in each game, regardless of the opponent.“We believe that we are a good team, and the whole season we’ve had a mentality that we’re going to make teams beat us,” Senior Nick Janus said. “We bring the fight we know we have in us and that we’ll need to beat a team like Milwaukee.”
Photo: BBC Sports KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinting legend, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says that next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will be her last.In a recent interview with British newspaper, The Telegraph, the 32-year-old said that she is at peace with her decision to compete in her final Olympics in 2020. “I am always grateful for the opportunity to represent my country, my family, myself, but Tokyo is my last Olympics. I definitely know that,” she said.The sprinter did not confirm whether she would completely retire from athletics, but hinted at the idea. “It doesn’t make me feel anything. I will miss the sport, but I will be OK. I don’t think it will be hard to retire. Athletics is just one thing I do.”Fraser-Pryce currently has multiple businesses operating in Jamaica, including Shelly’s Cafe, Lady Shelly Beauty and the Pocket Rocket Foundation.Earlier this year, she made her return to athletics after giving birth to her son Zyon two years ago. The multiple world and Olympic champion said that knew that she had the fortitude and the ability to return to competition despite the long layoff.“I was nervous, taking all that time off, but I had the willpower, the fearlessness, because I knew from experience it was possible to come back,” she said.She capped off her comeback by becoming a four-time 100m world champion at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, in September.The multiple world and Olympic champion demolished the field in a world-leading 10.71 seconds becoming the only woman in history to have four world championship titles, and further cementing her status as the greatest female sprinter in the world.