UW-Green Bay alumnus Cordero Barkley, St. Catherine’s, 2005St. Catherine’s dynasty in the 2000s started with the 6-5 Barkley serving as the focal point on the ‘05 team. He earned second-team AP All-State honors that year and was the county’s player of the year, but there was a twist with Barkley: He only averaged 11.3 points per game as a senior.So respected was Barkley as a leader, defensive specialist and a presence on the floor that he earned those honors despite not having gaudy statistics. As Barkley said in 2005, “I could shoot any time I wanted to, but that’s not what it was going to take to win. I saw that.”
The Final Four is here for the all-time bracket of Wisconsin college basketball teams! Past players Tony Bennett (1990-91) and Jeff Nordgaard (1994-95) are listed as “players to remember.” More via Sconnie Madness: Two No. 1 seeds fall as Final Four is set in all-time Wisconsin hoops bracket | Source: Green Bay Press Gazette.
After a run in the 1980s, the Dee Events Center played host to the NCAA Tournament once more in 1994 and, for the first and only time, did not feature a team from Utah.
What it did feature was 11 future NBA players of the eight teams at the site. Most notable were longtime NBA veterans Jason Kidd and Michael Finley.
Finley, a junior, scored 22 points for Wisconsin in the first round to beat Cincinnati, then 36 in a loss to No. 1 seed Missouri.
Kidd didn’t get as many games, despite his usual near-triple-double effort for No. 5 seed California.
Kidd totaled 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists but shot 4 of 17 from the field. It was part of a woeful shooting night for the Golden Bears, who were 19 of 56 from the floor and 2 of 19 from the 3-point line.
No. 12 Wisconsin-Green Bay survived giving up 18 offensive rebounds to Cal and scored a 61-57 upset in the first round. UWGB was coached by Dick Bennett, who later turned turned around Wisconsin. His son, Tony, is currently the head coach at Virginia.
It probably would be a good time for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball coach Linc Darner to take his dogs on a few more walks.
Or maybe for women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth to go on a couple of extra fishing trips.
There isn’t quite as much to do these days after the NCAA recently enacted a dead period for recruiting that will go until at least April 15, and perhaps much longer, because of the coronavirus.
There are no in-person visits to make. No games on the AAU circuit to watch. Prospects can’t come on campus and coaches can’t go to their homes.
Even the Kress Center on UWGB’s campus, where Phoenix players work out and put up shots during the offseason, has closed its doors for the next month.
Both Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball saw members of their teams honored on the All Horizon League teams. The men’s team had Jayquan McCloud named to the All-Horizon League first team, while Amari Davis was named to the third team, as well as being named Horizon League Freshman of the Year. Davis also won a record 10 Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors during the season. The women’s team had Frankie Wurtz named to the Al-Horizon League first team and defensive team, while Caitlyn Hibner was named to the third team. Wurtz was also named a member of the Horizon League All-Academic Team.
Green Bay Athletics recently added two more names to its “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list. Chari Nordgaard played for the Green Bay women’s basketball team from 1995-1999. Nordgaard is still the program’s all-time leader in scoring, with 1,964 points, career scoring average at 16.9 points per game, free throws attempted and made and holds the all-time program record for single game scoring at 38 points. She also was a standout academically, making the Academic All-American First Team. Nordgaard went on to play professionally in Greece and was inducted into the Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2005.
Jeff Nordgaard played for the Green Bay men’s basketball team from 1992-1996. He ranks fourth on the Green Bay men’s basketball all-time scoring list, with 1,911, second in field goals made with 773 and sixth in career scoring average at 15.9 points per game. Nordgaard was named Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year in 1995-1996 and was an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention. He played in the NCAA Tournament three out of his four years, including a memorable upset against heavily favored California in 1994. Nordgaard was one of only five former Green Bay men’s basketball players to be selected in the NBA Draft, and went on to play professionally overseas. He was inducted into the Green Bay Phoenix Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the second men’s basketball player to have his jersey number retired in 2018.
A big week is ahead for Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball. The women’s team secured the No. 2 seed and byes into the Horizon League Tournament semi-final next week with a 20-point victory over Youngstown State last weekend. Although the opponent is unknown, the women’s team will play on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. (CST) in Indianapolis. The game is available to stream on ESPN+. A win would secure a place in the championship game on Tuesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. It will be shown on ESPNU.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay men defeated Cleveland State last weekend, earning the third seed in the Horizon League Tournament. The team will play on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center, although the opponent is yet to be determined. Tickets can be purchased here. With a win, the team would advance to the semifinal round on March 9 in Indianapolis on ESPNU, with the championship game on March 10 on ESPN.
Green Bay (16-15, 11-7 HL) secured the No. 3 seed in the 2020 Horizon League Tournament and will play the lowest remaining seed on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center. Quick notes:
- GB ranks 4th in the NCAA in points per game with 82.2 PPG
- JayQuan McCloud was named to the Horizon All-League First Team
- Amari Davis was named HL Freshman of the year and Third Team All-League
View the tournament bracket here. The three First Round games take place tonight (Tuesday) at campus sites, with GB awaiting its opponent following those contests.
While the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 2020 Homecoming Week is in the books, it produced memories that will go down in history. Notably, the recipients of this year’s Alumni Awards, as well as two thrilling victories by the men’s and women’s basketball teams to as they enter into the Horizon League Tournament.
UW-Green Bay students, alumni, staff/faculty and fans/friends celebrate their Phoenix Pride by joining in the fun at Homecoming 2020. Following window decorating, a declaration by the Green Bay Mayor, and other activities, Krash the Kress ended the week and didn’t disappoint. The double header and tailgate between game was enjoyed by students, alumni, fans and members of the community, jamming in the Kress Events Center to cheer-on both Phoenix teams. See all the fun in the Homecoming 2020 video!
Video by Sue Pischke and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
A career-high tying 32 points by senior JayQuan McCloud and another 50 percent shooting performance powered Green Bay past Detroit Mercy 84-67 on Friday night at Calihan Hall, staying lock-step with Youngstown State for third place in the Horizon League with the road win. The Phoenix (14-14, 9-6 HL) also moved to .500 on the season, and defeated the Titans (6-22, 4-11 HL) for the seventh time in the last eight meetings. McCloud’s 32 points ties his career-high from earlier this season against Northern Illinois, and tallied his fourth 30-point game this year. McCloud hit six 3-pointers and went a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.
With just over a month before March Madness begins, Green Bay men’s and women’s basketball is looking to get into the Big Dance this year. The Phoenix men have won six of their last nine games, all against conference opponents. The team has also shown an ability to win close games, with all six of those wins being by six points or less. The team returns home Thursday, Feb. 27 against Youngstown State at 7 p.m. at the Resch Center.
The Green Bay women’s basketball team has won seven of its last nine games heading into this weekend’s action on the road. The team faces conference-leading IUPUI on Sunday before returning home for a 1 p.m. game on Thursday at the Kress Center. Both Green Bay hoops teams play their regular season finale during UW-Green Bay’s Homecoming Week as part of the Krash the Kress event on Saturday, Feb. 29. The women’s basketball team hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m., while the men’s basketball team hosts Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Both games are at the Kress Center and will also serve as Senior Night.
Nordic skiing competes at the Central Regionals in Ishpeming, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23.
After day two of the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships, the men sit in fifth place while the women sit in seventh place. See more at greenbayphoenix.com.