Men’s basketball team set for UW-Green Bay

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoGreg Stiemsma will have a high school reunion of sorts tonight when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (5-1) takes the court against instate rival UW-Green Bay (2-4).The sophomore big man will get to play against his prep running mate Ryan Tillema, now a freshman forward for the Phoenix, who along with Stiemsma won three straight Division IV state titles at Randolph High School. Tillema added a fourth crown last season without Steimsma.”I probably know him better than anybody,” Stiemsma said. “It’s pretty weird to see a guy on the other team that I have been playing with since we were in fifth grade.”Such familiarity and renewals of rivalries are characteristic of this time of year, when Wisconsin goes on its quest to claim the unofficial state championship of basketball, as UW will play all three of the Dairy State’s other Division I programs — UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette. The Badgers play Marquette on Saturday before finishing up the Wisconsin series Dec. 15 against UW-Milwaukee.”It’s always good to play the schools in the state. You know everybody across the state gets to see everybody. I guess you can sort of see it as a state championship. It is going to be very competitive and each team wants to win to show they are the best team in Wisconsin,” junior guard Kammron Taylor said, adding that pundits can throw out the records with these in-state rivalries. “Even though [some Wisconsin teams’] record might say another thing, but once they come in here they are going to be ready to play.”Such is the case tonight, as the Phoenix will walk into the Kohl Center with a 2-4 record, trying to rebound from a 59-51 loss to Illinois State last Saturday. UW-GB has played Wisconsin tough in the past, however, and has hardly rolled over for Bo Ryan’s squad. One need look no further than last year’s closer-than-expected game, when the Badgers defeated the Phoenix 65-55 in Madison.”That was actually one of my worst games last year, and I just try to put that out of my head,” Taylor said.”[Green Bay has] some very good players. The future is bright with the group of guys they have coming through that program,” assistant coach Greg Gard said.UW-GB’s youth will be on display, as the team has no seniors and only three juniors this season. Their best player, however, could very well be Stiemsma’s former teammate Tillema, who is averaging 10.7 points per game and is shooting 50 percent (16-for-32) from beyond the three-point line.”He’s got a nice touch around the perimeter and he definitely can score,” Stiemsma said.Alongside Tillema will be junior guard Ryan Evanochko, who leads the team in both points (11.5 per game) and assists (3.83).If the Phoenix are to upset Wisconsin, however, they will need to up their offensive production, as they have thus far only averaged 58.7 points a contest, while the Badgers have averaged 85.0. Strangely, UW-Green Bay’s three-point shooting percentage (.423) is better then their overall shooting percentage (.372), meaning that getting out on the Phoenix perimeter shooters will be of premium importance.”They have some guys that you just can’t leave open,” Gard said. “If you give those guys those open looks, they have some guys that can really knock them down and hurt you.”Although the Badgers should enjoy a significant talent advantage, don’t be surprised to see another hotly contested matchup.”All those teams from the state have something to prove. They just want to prove that they can play at the top level,” junior Alando Tucker said. “Green Bay is a good team. They always play us physical and hard, and they want to prove they belong.”For Stiemsma and Tillema, like many of the other players during the in-state series, something even bigger is on the line: bragging rights.”There might be a little bit under the table, but nothing too big,” Stiemsma joked. “The loser will have to hear about it at least until next year.”last_img read more

GIGABYTEs new AERO 15 Classic notebook is 074 inches thick

first_imgGIGABYTE has refreshed its gaming laptop line up with new 9th-gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics with its new AORUS 15 notebooks, but there were also refreshes of the AERO 15 range which are thinner and lighter than the AORUS family laptops.   The refreshed AERO 15 Classic gaming laptop comes in two forms with the option of a Core i7-9750H that clocks up to 4.5GHz or the Core i9-9980HK which clocks up to 5GHz. Both systems can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and have 2 x M.2 slots for a huge amount of super-fast NVMe storage. The flagship AERO 15 Classic-YA comes with NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics with 8GB of GDDR6.   The company is offering the world’s first 3mm thin bezel, which is an impressive feat.   The new AERO 15 rolls out with a 15.6-inch display on the AERO 15 Classic-YA with options for a Sharp-made 1080p 240Hz IGZO LCD display, or an AUO-made 4K 60Hz IPS LCD.    There’s plenty of connectivity options on offer with USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4/USB 3.1 (over USB Type-C), and RJ45 for hard-wired Ethernet.   GIGABYTE’s new AERO 15 is also part of the All Intel Inside family alongside the refreshed AORUS 15 gaming laptops, with the AERO 15 packing super-fast Intel 760p SSD technology that allows for up to 3GB/sec read speeds. GIGABYTE’s second-best AERO 15 notebook is the AERO 15 Classic-XA, with the XA version  If you want to check out the other two AERO 15 gaming notebooks, check out the official site.last_img read more