Formal dining room. Not a bad place to wake up at all. The entry has an elegant feel. 51 Glencairn Avenue, Indooroopilly, Qld 4068 The property is on a corner block.The home also had a pool, water feature, entertainers’ kitchen, large laundry, secure storage shed, water tank and was on a 611sq m block.Indooroopilly has seen strong house prices recently including the four bedroom 63 Clarence Road selling for $1.01m, the six bedroom 107 Russell Terrace going for $1.425m and House 5 43a Goldieslie Park fetching $1.9m.According to CoreLogic data, the median prices of houses in Indooroopilly has grown 15 per cent in the past five years with the median asking rent sitting at $510 a week. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS IN YOUR INBOX A light and bright kitchen. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe pathway into the home has been beautifully maintained.The four bedroom, two bathroom, double car garage house was listed as having been sold on Friday according to realestate.com.au.Agent Alex Jordan of McGrath Estate Agents – Paddington had listed it as a “distinguished family living in enviable locale”.The property was in the highly popular Ironside State School catchment with nearby schools including St Peter’s Lutheran College and Indooroopilly State High School less than 1km away, with Brisbane Boys College a short 2.49km.The home was built in 1965 and has been updated into a premium property that blends classic and contemporary features, including a reception area, formal living and dining rooms, parquetry rumpus with fireplace, multiple covered decks and patios. The formal living room. 51 Glencairn Avenue, Indooroopilly, Qld 4068A DREAM family home in one of Brisbane’s most coveted areas has sold for $1.54m after 89 days on the market.The owners of 51 Glencairn Avenue had expected the home to fetch upwards of $1.5m when they listed it at the end of August. It’s located in the highly desirable premium river peninsula that also holds the University of Queensland and the Indooroopilly golf club.
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has announced the delivery of an ultra-high powered, compact 2400hp Cable Burial Tractor (CBT2400) to Boskalis.The CBT2400 and associated deck equipment were mobilized directly onto Boskalis’ specialist cable lay vessel, the NDEAVOR from the Swan Hunter quayside access point adjacent to SMD’s production facility, the company reported.The tractor will be operated by Boskalis and specialist trenching contractor, Canyon Offshore.The CBT2400 is the latest addition to SMD’s existing burial tractor range and is an evolution of the CBT2100 which was last delivered in 2011.Drawing on decades of experience of track driven vehicles, SMD designed this CBT2400 to provide a reliable solution for protecting cables in hard ground with interchangeable cassette tooling.The tractor provides a remote-control platform with a range of trenching tools for different ground strengths; the tool consists of a hard ground cutting boom, rear jetting tools for lowering the power cable and next generation eduction tools for spoil clearance.The CBT range is a family of subsea tractor systems capable of trenching power cables in seabed’s ranging from sands and clays to rock in ultra-shallow, beach approach work or deep water.
The revised criminal code will lower the penalty for many outdoor recreational offenses. (Photo: Franklin County Government)Those that enjoy the outdoor activities like boating, hunting and fishing may welcome changes to the Indiana criminal code.Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) was a co-author of the bill that will take effect July 1, 2014.The new law eases dozens of penalties for offenses that occur at a location like Brookville Lake, which is included in McMillin’s district.The revised criminal code eases the penalty on dozens of infractions and gives police and conservation officers and prosecutors more say on enforcement.Infractions such as exceeding the fish catch limit or sounding a boat horn when there is now emergency will be enforced with less penalty.Rather than face losing your boating, fishing or hunting license, or face possible jail time, some offenses will carry just a fine or infraction.If someone is cited for poaching a deer, an automatic $500 fine is handed down. The bill that takes effect this summer will allow a judge to determine the fine and disciplinary action.The changes are part of a larger effort to make penalties more suitable for the offense. While natural resources will remain protected, enforcement will not come at the same criminal cost.
Tamara Sheppard (Mam maw, Tammy Carrots) 60, of Versailles passed away at 9:30 am, Saturday, March 30, 2019. She left behind two daughters Tiffany Barkdoll of Port Orange, FL, and Tara Thompson of Anderson SC, and two non-blood daughters Hayley Wainscott and Hannah Knukles, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one sister Lana Walker of Versailles In and her mother Wilma Lewis of Muncie In and Caity Corn. Tamara was a kind and loving mother and friend, she would do anything for anyone at any time. Tamara worked for Acosta Sales where she made lots of friends that became family. She loved making lots of crafts, guitar hero Queen, walks along the lake and making memories around a bon fire. You will forever be missed, we will see your smiling face as we yell to the sky, we love you Mam maw. Tamara’s wishes were to be cremated. Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the family.
USA Cycling has an ambitious goal of bringing home seven medals from the Summer Olympics, which at this point are still scheduled to begin in July.The organization says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.___The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus.The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The Latest: Roger Penske says no decision yet on Indy 500 Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896. Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1.That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___ The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs. It says in a statement Lange’s diagnosis will allow the tour to alert those with whom he might have come in contact.Lange has played three events this year — two in South Africa in January and February, and Mexico two weeks ago.___Turkey has suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu made the announcement after meeting with the heads of the three sports federations. UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played.The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases.UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.”___ The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___ “Lots of moving parts. Working on many options,” Penske said in a text to AP. Penske bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series in January and has been preparing to host his first Indy 500 on May 24. Formula One canceled the famed Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday. The Indy 500 has been held every year since 1946, with postponements only because of weather. Previously, world wars stopped the race. __Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. ___Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship. March 19, 2020 The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).The American East Conference says it continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments and encourages fans to do the same.___The Monaco Grand Prix is among three Formula One races postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch and Spanish GPs in May were also called off by governing body FIA. Associated Press The soccer league had been continuing without spectators after most other leagues in Europe stopped. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir had argued that the country was one of the least affected by the virus.Some players and coaches had complained about the league going ahead, expressing concerns for their health.Trabzonspor announced this week that it had “mutually agreed” to part with former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel after the former Chelsea player said he did not feel comfortable playing amid the pandemic.___UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak. It is not yet clear when the first race of the season can be held.___The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday.The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa. The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. Mayfield says they “wanted to give back and help out any way we can.”They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 has recently been working out at his high school in Lake Travis, Texas.___USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3. The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Roger Penske tells The Associated Press no decision has been made yet regarding the Indianapolis 500 in May – an event that draws more than 300,000 spectators annually. The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April.
In a span of three weeks, the girls swim teams from Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy had what amounted to a local round robin.The Hornets swept its two closest neighbors on Sept. 10 and 19. Then J-D and CBA met each other last Tuesday night, and the Brothers got the best of it, outlasting the Red Rams 98-87 to earn its first win over J-D in a decade.CBA swept all three relay races, starting in the 200 medley, where Lauren Kelly, Darien Tompkins, Ally Howard and Sophia Silver went one minute, 55.34 seconds to the 1:58.70 from J-D’s Amelia Hesler, Sofia Bebla, Claire Huyck and Gwen Lister. Kelly went from there to a time of 1:02.47 in the 100 butterfly, well clear of Lister’s 1:07.93, and also had a first-place time of 1:07.47 to win the 100 breaststroke over Bebla, who was second in 1:12.18 as Lister (1:12.93) was third.Tompkins also won twice for the Brothers, roaring to a time of 2:18.69 in the 200 individual medley as Bebla (2:29.57) finished second. And in the 100 backstroke, Tompkins won in 1:05.01 to Huyck’s second-place 1:08.16.Kayla Newman stood out again for CBA, first by going 1:58.46 to dominate the 200 freestyle and then, in the 500 freestyle, prevailing in 5:21.42, the only one in the field under six minutes. Right after that, Newman joined Silver, Kaitlyn Bushnell and Kathryn Nardella to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.91 to the Red Rams’ 1:54.07. To close out the meet, Newman, Bushnell, Tompkins and Kelly roared to first place in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:48.86.Where J-D did win was in the sprints, thanks to Hesler. She swam the 50 freestyle in 25.57 seconds to Bushnell’s 25.89, while in the 100 freestyle Hesler sped to a time of 54.79 seconds, well clear of Bushnell, who was second in 57.95.In the diving competition, the Rams’ Abby McGuire finished first, earning 194.05 points as CBA’s Sophie Menar (164.15) edged J-D’s Grace Evans (163.25) for second place.F-M raced that same night, against Cicero-North Syracuse at Le Moyne College, and cruised to a 96-70 victory with its usual display of talent and versatility.The Hornets swept the top three in the 200 freestyle, where Meghan Seidberg won in 2:08.30, and the 200 IM, where Lindsay Mathews prevailed in 2:22 flat over Addie Antshel’s 2:24.47. Mathews also claimed the 500 freestyle in 5:33.02, with Seidberg second.Morgan Kingsley, in 25.75 seconds, edged C-NS’s Bryn Myers (25.97) in the 50 freestyle as Emma Luttrell took the 100 butterfly in 1:00.47 and Hannah Kellogg beat Georgia Langan, 56.54 seconds to 58.53, in the 100 freestyle.Katie Ottaviano had the fastest 100 breaststroke time of 1:15.28 as Antshel, Kingsley, Luttrell and Kellogg claimed the 200 medley relay in 1:56.96. Langan joined Luttrell, Kellogg and Kingsley to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.30.J-D went to Le Moyne Thursday for its own meet with C-NS, and the Red Rams prevailed 97-86, Hesler reducing her 50 freestyle time to 25.35 seconds before going 54.96 seconds to win the 100 freestyle.Wins also went to Lister (200 IM, 2:23.25), Julia Antoine (200 freestyle, 2:13.99) and Emily Ninestein (100 butterfly, 1:04.52), with Bebla going 1:12.07 to edge Lister (1:12.18) in the 100 breaststroke and the Rams going 1:58.70 in the 200 medley relay and winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:46.36.CBA routed Syracuse City 110-66 on Thursday, with Newman going 1:58.55 in the 200 freestyle and 5:22.74 in the 500 freestyle.Bushnell, second (57.22 seconds) to Tompkins (56.33) in the 100 freestyle, claimed the 50 freestyle in 25.81 seconds. Silver (200 IM), Howard (100 backstroke), Menar (diving) and Stella Vinal (100 butterfly) also had first-place finishes.F-M won over Auburn on Friday 87-68, again featuring Mathews, who followed up a victory in the 200 freestyle in 2:05.39 by topping the field in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.33.Kellogg, who was second (2:24.34) to Luttrell (2:21.53) in the 200 IM, did win the 500 freestyle in 5:33 flat as Luttrell later posted 1:04.96 in the 100 backstroke. Antshel had the quickest 100 breaststroke time of 1:14.49 as Kingsley edged Auburn’s Makenna Wilson, 25.96 seconds to 26.07, in the 50 freestyle.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAF-MJ-Dswimming
On Wednesday, 21-year-old Bryan Barnes, one of two men charged with the murder of two USC graduate students from China, pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. According to the Los Angeles Times, Barnes will serve two consecutive life terms and will not be granted parole.On April 11, 2012, Ming Qu and Ying Wu were fatally shot by Barnes, 20 years old at the time, while parked outside in a neighborhood near campus.According to the L.A. Times, Wu’s iPhone, which was stolen from the scene of the crime, linked L.A. police detectives to Barnes and his presumed accomplice, then 19-year-old Javier Bolden. Bolden’s trial has yet to be held.Prosecutors said during preliminary hearings that the GPS in Wu’s phone led police to a warehouse where evidence implicated Barnes.By court order, investigators were allowed to wiretap Barnes’ telephone conversations. According to the L.A. Times, in one call with Bolden, Barnes mentioned how they “ran up on them little Asian people,” implying that he had shot them.A former girlfriend of Barnes testified that Barnes had admitted to stealing the cell phone and told her that someone may have been shot during the robbery.Judge Stephen A. Marcus declared there was “more than enough evidence” in connecting Barnes and Bolden to the murders of Qu and Wu.
Chants, shouting and the sound of a 20-year-old record breaking could be heard coming from McDonald’s Swim Stadium last weekend as the men and women’s swim and dive teams hosted the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils in two dual meets.The No. 6 Women of Troy defeated the No. 7 Wildcats on Friday, 190-110, and continued to dominate by defeating Arizona State on Saturday as well, 172-121. Meanwhile, No. 5 Arizona defeated the men’s team on Friday, 190-110, but the No. 14 Trojans came back and conquered Arizona State the next day, 186-107.One of USC’s most memorable moments this weekend came in the form of freshman Vladimir Morozov. The newcomer broke a USC record on Saturday with his 100-yard freestyle time of 42.93 seconds. Erik Ran previously set the record in 1990 with a time of 42.98.“I felt great. I didn’t even think of breaking [the record],” Morozov said. “I thought I was going about half a second slower, but it was great.”Morozov’s record, which was set in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay on Saturday, was not the only thing that made USC coach Dave Salo proud this weekend.“I think we demonstrated clearly that we have a really strong program and hopefully in March we’ll be able to make it to the top five [at the Pac-10 championships],” Salo said. “We’ve really come a long way in the last three years. We’re now a team that’s probably more respected and I think people expect more out of us.”With the Women of Troy’s sweep this weekend, and the Trojans’ victory against Arizona State, the dual meets proved to be successful ones for USC. There were several factors going against the Trojans, but they didn’t rattle USC swimmers.“We did great and we fought on to the end,” Morozov said. “We got beat by Arizona but they were rested and they were wearing their suits, so that made a lot of difference … [On Friday] in the morning we had a full workout before our meet, so when we are rested and put into fast suits we will do better at everything. “Another foreseen challenge was the fact that the Friday’s dual meet against Arizona took place in the evening, a rare occurrence for the swimmers. The USC teams found the conditions to be advantageous, however, and the Women of Troy even managed to come out with a victory.“I think that we can swim faster later in the day,” junior Katinka Hosszu said. “It’s easier to get really pumped up at night with the lights on and everything.”After this weekend, USC’s swimmers have a while to wait before their next competition. They will compete again at the U.S. National Championships in December, with the NCAA and Pac-10 championships on the horizon after that. With their last meets done for a while, both teams are ready to see what happens next.“I am really excited because we are already swimming at almost our best times now and we are not even rested,” Hosszu said. “I am curious to see how we do when we are rested and have our suits on.”
Three short weeks ago, it looked like this would finally be the year Bo Ryan could not pull off another miracle and have his team vie for a Big Ten title.But Wisconsin’s well-documented turnaround not only has the Badgers back in the rankings at No. 19/20, but also just a half-game out of first in an ever-competitive Big Ten title race. Winners of six in a row and relishing their seat at the No. 2 standing in what is widely considered the nation’s top league this season, this year’s turnaround is probably Ryan’s finest showing yet in his 11th season as head coach.While UW appeared to have the pieces for a surprisingly strong squad early in the year, finding itself inside the top 10 shortly after Thanksgiving, the rough start to conference play seems to have served as a kind of wake-up call. The Badgers have looked like an entirely new team as of late, and though it’s hard to see a deep March Madness run in this year’s roster, they have a legitimate shot at taking home the NCAA’s most competitive conference crown.That’s quite an impressive spot to be in considering that Wisconsin lost to Iowa at home a month ago to start the unforgiving streak. Again, that’s Iowa, in basketball, at the Kohl Center (and no, I still haven’t gotten over that).After battling it out with perennial bottom-dweller Penn State Tuesday night, Wisconsin moved to 7-3 in conference play with a chance to take down Big Ten favorite and conference-leader Ohio State at home Saturday. In what should be a raucous home environment – something the Kohl Center has often lacked this year – there’s a solid chance Jordan Taylor will finally explode and take down the No. 3 team in the country.Sure, on paper Jared Berggren is no match for the double-double machine known as Jared Sullinger. But he proved to be a solid defender against Indiana’s freshman sensation Cody Zeller and may be able to control the tremendously athletic Buckeye forward.Then again, Wisconsin could just as easily struggle with its outside shooting and find itself in a deep hole against an Ohio State squad that recently manhandled Michigan, the same team that routed the Badgers by 18 in the midst of the aforementioned losing streak.Critics will note that none of the six straight victories came against any of the Big Ten’s top trio (Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan), but it has been an impressive run regardless. It’s fair to toss aside victories over Nebraska and Penn State as games Wisconsin should have won, but defeating Purdue and Illinois on their respective home floors is no modest achievement.The loss to Wisconsin remains the only defeat at Assembly Hall this season for Illinois, and Purdue has dropped only one other game – by two points to Michigan – in West Lafayette. These numbers all point to quality victories over two teams that will likely find themselves in the NCAA tournament come March.Additionally, the Badgers haven’t won six games in a row since the 2007-08 season, the last time they arrived back in Madison with both the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament trophies. Not that I’m making any predictions – or am I?Yet a higher spot in the Big Ten standings and happier fans aren’t the only positives to emerge from the rejuvenating streak.Of equal importance is the confidence Ryan’s squad has gained by proving that even without the likes of Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil, it can still contend alongside the strongest Big Ten lineup in recent memory.For a team that relies so heavily on outside shooting, a natural product of UW’s swing offense, confidence in mid-range jumpers and shots from long range will be key to keep up the winning style of late. Taylor, a preseason All-American, has failed to find a true rhythm all year and is currently hitting 39.1 percent of his shots from the floor and just 31.7 percent from beyond the arc.But that hasn’t stopped him from firing off more shots, exactly the attitude this team must carry through the final stretch of conference play and into the all-important tournament.The most interesting and promising part of this streak is that the shooting has been by no measure stellar. Shooting woes – which dismantled the Badgers during their disappointing start to Big Ten play – seem less noticeable, as the Badgers are currently hitting 41.4 percent of their shots during the triumphant streak. That number is nothing to scoff at, but it’s also noticeably lower than their .431 percentage on the year, a number that reflects those terrible shooting performances in late December and early January.If UW is less accurate from the floor during this latest stretch and still racking up their biggest wins of the season, it’s clear that weak shooting doesn’t always correlate to defeat for this team.Never was this clearer than in the ugly win over the Nittany Lions, when they managed just 17 points in the first half and limped to a 35.4 shooting percentage from the floor and 26.3 percent from 3-point range. However, UW found a way to leave State College with a victory, and it’s precisely that ability to come out on top when things aren’t running smoothly that could power them to the most unexpected of conference titles.Let’s say Taylor regains last year’s form, and hits just a few more of those three-pointers with a defender right on top of him, and the ever-promising Mike Bruesewitz finds some consistency – suddenly the Badgers look like Big Ten champs. Taylor’s 18-point performance against Penn State, during which he showed flashes of last year’s brilliance, may have been the spark needed to get his team playing at its prime.The Big Ten is, after all, a defense-first league – the combined scores of Illinois-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Penn State Tuesday night could be matched in a single ACC game – so don’t doubt the Badgers’ chances because of their sometimes anemic offense.In a year in which the conference standings are cluttered and no squad has yet to pull away, it’s not always the most talented or even best team that finishes first. And this year, that team might just be Wisconsin.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think the Badgers have what it takes to bring home a Big Ten Title? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was early in the second half, and USC was ahead by double-digits when the chants started at the Galen Center.“Overrated,” they bellowed, softly at first but soon turning into a stadium-wide jeer aimed at No. 8 UCLA, which USC took down on Wednesday in front of a sold-out, raucous crowd of 10,258 people.But the crowd wasn’t done having fun. They chanted, “Thank you, Lonzo” when Bruins freshman phenom Lonzo Ball missed a pair of free throws that gave all fans free Chick-Fil-A. Then, with five minutes to play, the “overrated” chants started again, sandwiched in between a high-flying putback jam by junior guard Elijah Stewart and an and-one dunk by sophomore forward Chimezie Metu.And, for good measure, with the game out of reach in the final minutes, “Just like football” rained down, a gleeful reference to the 36-14 beatdown that USC’s football team put on UCLA in Pasadena last November.Take a moment to appreciate what happened on Wednesday night at the Galen Center. There it was, a crowd actually getting into a non-football USC sport, the most excited a basketball home crowd has been in some time.While it’s unlikely that the energy for future games will eclipse that of a matchup against a crosstown rival, USC has to hope that what occurred both on the court and in the stands against UCLA serves as a blueprint for the remainder of the season.“It was great,” Metu said about the sellout crowd. “I just wish it was like that every game.”“That,” as in the line for students to enter the arena wrapping around the stadium, the usually half-empty section of the stadium filling up an hour before tip-off, tickets for the game selling out a month beforehand, the parking lots around Galen Center displaying “FULL” signs and traffic on the nearby surface streets slowing to an absolute crawl.Inside, it was just as spectacular. USC beat UCLA for the sixth straight time in men’s basketball or football — four in a row men’s hoops — and the Trojan faithful rubbed it in as much as they could. The capacity crowd cheered and chanted without being prompted by DJ Mal-ski, who typically has to encourage fans to make noise.“This was as good an atmosphere as I’ve seen,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It was just a great college basketball environment … This atmosphere was just sensational.”On the court, it was like the teams switched jerseys. The Bruins and their high-powered offense — that ranks third in the NCAA in scoring at 92.2 points per game — were held to just 76. The Trojans, who have struggled shooting the ball early in conference play, drilled nine 3-pointers in the first half alone en route to dropping 50 on the Bruins at halftime.It didn’t start out that well. USC trailed 8-0 right off the bat, looking jumpy and over-amped, while an emphatic follow jam by Ball had the crowd oohing and aahing. But after going down 20-10, it was like a light switch went off for the Trojans. There were steals and dunks, alley-oops and hustle plays and a whole lot of the net swishing from long distance.Like that, the game was tied, and then USC went ahead. Before you knew it, Stewart drilled a deep 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to put the Trojans up by double-digits, sending a dejected Bruins team to the locker room.By the end of the game, USC had sent UCLA into low-key panic mode. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Bruins stayed in the locker room for nearly half an hour after the game, holding a lengthy team meeting.Maybe this UCLA team isn’t as good as everyone thought it would be (the Bruins also lost to Arizona last Saturday) when it was hyped as a national championship contender, and Ball — who scored 15 points but committed a whopping seven turnovers — still needs time to develop after being heralded as the next big thing. Perhaps he still is. And perhaps the Bruins simply had an off night.The Trojans can’t think about that, though. They have to take the momentum off this win against a top-10 opponent and hope that it translates to another win in Washington next week. Given their inconsistent conference play following a 13-0 start, this could potentially be a season-defining win that sparks a late-season push for a better Pac-12 and NCAA tournament seeding.And hopefully, went they return home on Feb. 9 to play Oregon State, the Galen Center will be just as energized as it was against UCLA. Both the team and the crowd — as the kids say — were absolutely “lit” on Wednesday. Now, it’s all about keeping the fuse burning.Eric He is a sophomore studying print and digital journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, Grinding Gears, runs on Fridays.