Monthly Archives: June, 2022

Another Top 10 NBA draft pick from a Wisconsin college

“With the 10th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select… Johnny Davis, Wisconsin.”

With that announcement, Badgers’ guard Johnny Davis became the fourth player from a Wisconsin-based college since 2000 to be chosen with a Top 10 pick in an NBA Draft… he joined Dwyane Wade (5th in 2003), Devin Harris (5th in 2004) and Frank Kaminsky (9th in 2015).

Based on the history of the NBA Draft (1947-2022) presented on the basketball-reference.com website, there have been 21 players from schools located in Wisconsin that were chosen with one of the first 25 selections of an NBA Draft. Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin each have 10, while UW-Stevens Point saw Terry Porter get drafted with the 24th pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

Here is a look at the players from Wisconsin-located colleges who were chosen in an NBA Draft within the first 25 picks.

Marquette
Dwyane Wade, 5th pick in 2003
Butch Lee, 10th pick in 1978
Terry Rand, 11th pick in 1956
Don Kojis, 13th pick in 1961
Maurice Lucas, 14th pick in 1974
Dean Meminger, 16th pick in 1971
Bo Ellis, 17th pick in 1977
Henry Ellenson, 18th pick in 2016
Earl Tatum, 21st pick in 1976
Larry McNeil, 25th pick in 1973

University of Wisconsin
Glen Selbo, 2nd pick in 1947
Don Rehfeldt, 2nd pick in 1950
Devin Harris, 5th pick in 2004
Frank Kaminsky, 9th pick in 2015
Johnny Davis, 10th pick in 2022
Al Henry, 12th pick in 1970
Wes Matthews, 14th pick in 1980
Sam Dekker, 18th pick in 2015
Paul Grant, 20th pick in 1997
Michael Finley, 21st pick in 1995

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Terry Porter, 24th pick in 1985

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee just missed having their first Top 25 pick in the NBA Draft this year. One-and-Done player Patrick Baldwin Jr. was selected in this draft with the 28th pick of the Golden State Warriors.

One final stat: Of the 21 players from Wisconsin-located colleges listed above who were Top 25 draft choices, the player that played in the most career NBA games was Terry Porter with 1,274. Michael Finley tops all University of Wisconsin players with 1,103 NBA games, while Dwyane Wade leads Marquette University players with 1,054 NBA contests played.

Corbin Burnes chalks up another 10-strikeout game for the Brewers

In the Brewers June 20, 2-0 win over the division rival St. Louis Cardinals, starting pitcher Corbin Burnes gave up only two hits in seven innings of work for the win. That included 10 strikeouts, the fifth time this season he has struck out 10 or more batters in a start.

With his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season, Burnes is now tied for sixth on the team’s all-time list for most 10-strikeout games in a season with five (he is also second on the list having recorded eight 10-strikeout games last season). Since the season is not even at the halfway point, Burnes has an excellent shot at breaking the team record of nine games with 10 or more strikeouts in a season (held by Ben Sheets in 2004).

Burnes, however, is even closer to another Brewers pitching record. He now has 17 career games with 10 or more strikeouts, just one off from tying the team career record of 18 games held by Yovani Gallardo.

Here is a look at the Brewers team record for most games in a season with 10 or more strikeouts and the team record for most career games with 10 or more strikeouts.

Most games in a season with 10 or more strikeouts (Brewers pitchers)
9-Ben Sheets, 2004
8-Corbin Burnes, 2021
7-Yovani Gallardo, 2010
7-Teddy Higuera, 1987
6-Jimmy Nelson, 2017

Most career games with 10 or more strikeouts in a game (Brewers pitchers)
18-Yovani Gallardo
17-Corbin Burnes
16-Teddy Higuera
15-Ben Sheets
12-Brandon Woodruff

Breaking the MLB record for these two stats, however, might be a little harder. There has been eight times in the majors that a pitcher has struck out 10 or more batters in 20 or more games in a season. Randy Johnson holds four of those eight seasons. They are:

Most games in a season with 10 or more strikeouts (all MLB pitchers)
23-Randy Johnson, Arizona, 2001
23-Randy Johnson, Arizona, 2000
23-Randy Johnson, Arizona, 1999
23-Nolan Ryan, California, 1973
21-Gerrit Cole, Houston, 2019
21-Sandy Koufax, LA Dodgers, 1965
20-Randy Johnson, Houston/Seattle, 1998
20-Nolan Ryan, California, 1977

The career record for most 10-strikeout games was basically a two-man race between Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan. Ryan tops the list with 215 career games with 10 or more strikeouts, Johnson ended his career just three games short of Ryan with 212. Only three other MLB pitchers have 100 or more career games with 10 or more strikeouts… Roger Clemens (110), Pedro Martinez (108) and Max Scherzer (106).

Packers have played in second-most playoff games this century

If you are a Packers fan, do you know how lucky you are… especially when it comes to watching playoff games that involve the Green-and-Gold?

Since 2000, the Packers have played in 29 playoff games, second-most in the league to the New England Patriots (they have played in 42 post-season contests). The Pack’s 29 playoff games are more than Detroit, Cleveland, Miami, Jacksonville and Washington combined (these five teams have played in 23 playoff games since 2000).

Here’s a look at how many playoff games each NFL team has played in since the 2000 regular season:

42: New England

29: Green Bay

27: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle

19: Kansas City, New Orleans

17: L.A. Rams, San Francisco

16: N.Y. Giants

15: Carolina, Denver

14: Atlanta, Tennessee

13: Minnesota, Tampa Bay

12: L.A. Chargers, N.Y. Jets

11: Cincinnati, Dallas

10: Arizona, Houston

9: Chicago, Las Vegas Raiders

7: Buffalo

6: Jacksonville, Washington

5: Miami

3: Cleveland, Detroit

The 29 playoff games are part of the good news for the Packers in the post-season discussion. What is not such good news is that although they rank second in most playoff games since 2000, the team is one of 18 teams since 2000 that have a losing record in playoff games. The Packers rank 15th in playoff games winning percentage since 2000 with a 14-15 record (.483 winning percentage). Only three NFL teams have a playoff winning percentage of .600 or better since 2000: New England (.714), the New York Giants (.625) and Tampa Bay (.615).

As you might expect, the Patriots have the most playoff wins since 2000 with 30. Ranking second is Baltimore with 16 playoff wins this century. They are followed by Pittsburgh with 15, and Packers, Eagles and Seahawks with 14 playoff victories each since 2000. The only NFL team to have not won a playoff game since 2000 are the Detroit Lions. Cleveland, Miami and Washington have each only won one post-season games since 2000.

Brewers finish first one-third of the season on pace to win 99 games. Can they do it?

With their 7-0 loss to San Diego on Friday, June 3, the Milwaukee Brewers finished the first one-third of the season (54 games in a 162-game schedule) with a 33-21 record. That is good enough for a first-place spot in the N.L. Central, two games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 54-game mark represents the first one-third of the 2022 campaign. With their 33 wins, the Brew Crew is on pace to win 99 games for the season. That would be a new team record, surpassing the 96 victories the team won in 2011 and 2018.

There is a long way to go before the end of the season, but the team and a few individuals are on pace to make a run at a few records. Here is a look at a few marks that may be in jeopardy.

  • Rowdy Tellez leads the team with 36 RBI, putting him on pace to finish the year with 108. The team record is 141, held by Cecil Fielder in 2009. Christian Yelich is the last Brewer to drive in 100 or more runs in a season; he had 110 in 2018. Tellez’s career mark for RBI in a season is 54, which he did in 2019 with the Blue Jays.
  • Josh Hader has 18 saves and is on pace for 54. The team record is 46 held by John Axford in 2011, The MLB record is 62 by Francisco Rodriguez of the L.A. Angels in 2008.
  • Corbin Burnes has 84 strikeouts and is pace for 232 for the season. Last year he finished with 234 K’s, good enough for third most in club history. The team record is 264 by Ben Sheets in 2004.
  • Hader has a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of .600. Of Brewers pitchers with a minimum of 70 innings pitched, Hader has the best career WHIP at .806, a mark he achieved in 2019.
  • The Brewers as a team have 70 home runs which ranks first in the National League. They are on pace to reach 210 HRs, which would still fall short of the team record 250 in 2019.
  • The Brewers’ pitching staff has struck out 523 opposing batters through 54 games, a pace that would put them at 1,569 for the year. The team record is 1,618 in 2020.
  • The bullpen has 23 saves in the first 54 games. That puts them on a pace for 69 for the year, which would significantly blow by the team mark of 54 saves set in 2017. The MLB record for saves in a season was set by the Chicago White Sox in 1990 with 68.
  • The Brewers pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.217. The team record is 1.179 set last year.
  • The team batting average is .231, currently the third-worst in team history. The worst team batting average was .223 in 2020. The team also averages only 7.65 hits per game so far this season (that also ranks third-worst in team history). The team worst was 7.15 in 2020.