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Nankivil leads stingy ‘D’ against Milwaukee

December 9, 2010 Comments off

MADISON — Through nine games this season, Wisconsin has held its opponent to 60 points or less. Three times, the Badgers have given up fewer than 50 points.

With Rob Jeter and UW-Milwaukee in town Wednesday night, Bo Ryan‘s squad put together arguably its best defensive showing yet. With the Panthers struggling to shoot throughout the contest, the Badgers turned in a dominant 61-40 victory.

“Coming in tonight, playing a team like the Badgers, what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to get back on track shooting the basketball,” Jeter said. “It’s the wrong team to play to do that against.”

Wisconsin held its first of three consecutive in-state rivals to just 30.8 percent shooting from the floor, as UW-Milwaukee made just 12-of-39 shots on the night. In the first half, the Panthers were even worse, shooting at just a 28.6 percent clip, connecting for just six field goals en route to 15 points at the break.

In the second half, UW let up just a bit, allowing 25 points on 33.3 percent shooting. Much of the damage came at the free throw line for UWM, however, as the Panthers made 11-of-16 attempts in the second half and 13-of-21 overall, compared to just 10-for-12 on the night for the Badgers.

After limiting the Panthers to 40 points Wednesday, the Badgers’ opponents are now averaging just 52.5 points per game. The 40-point output was 15 fewer points than UW-Milwaukee’s previous season low, while marking the second-fewest points allowed this season by Wisconsin, which gave up just 35 against Manhattan.

The problems started inside for UW-Milwaukee.

“We never really got a chance to get our inside game going at all,” Jeter said. “It was null and void and we just couldn’t get anything going down there. That was the key.”

Leading the way for Wisconsin’s stingy defense Wednesday night was senior forward Keaton Nankivil. While he is not going to sneak up on anyone as an offensive threat, Nankivil’s defense typically flies under the radar.

Against the Panthers, the Madison native grabbed nine rebounds, six on the defensive end, while blocking three shots and effectively shutting down UW-Milwaukee’s leading scorer in Anthony Hill.

According to his head coach, the only area in which Nankivil lacked during the game was his wardrobe.

“His one sock wasn’t quite as high as the other,” Ryan said. “He was unbalanced when he got dressed, but other than that, he had a pretty good night.”

Hill, who averaged 14.9 points per game coming into the contest, tallied just three against the Badgers, all of which came from the charity stripe. Thanks in large part to Nankivil’s tough defense, Hill went 0-for-8 from the floor while converting 3-of-6 free throws.

Hill added five rebounds and one block, but was otherwise rendered ineffective on the night at the Kohl Center.

“He got touches,” Jeter said. “Keaton Nankivil just did a nice job of staying between him and the basket and you are going to have to make a decision, is it a good play or is it a foul. They didn’t call fouls, so I have to assume that it was a good defensive play.”

On no play was Nankivil’s defense more impressive than the Panthers’ offensive possession with just under five minutes to play in the first half.

With the Badgers leading 22-11, a jumper by Jerard Ajami was blocked by Nankivil, and five seconds later, Nankivil rejected an attempt inside by Hill as well.

“You don’t really think about it when you play, but I’ve always loved blocking shots as a player just because it’s an energy thing,” Nankivil said. “That’s always just been something that’s fun to me.”


Chambliss joins UW staff as video coordinator

October 22, 2010 Comments off

MADISON — Since the start of his collegiate career and throughout his coaching career, change has been a common theme for Sharif Chambliss.

As he joins Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan‘s staff as video coordinator for the 2010-11 season, Chambliss hopes yet another change will be a step in the right direction toward his eventual goal of becoming a head coach.

“It’s a great situation,” Chambliss said. “And it’s an opportunity that I’m really excited for this year.”

An all-state and honorable mention all-America selection as a senior, Chambliss led his Racine St. Catherine’s squad to a surprising 23-1 record and a berth in the WISAA Division I state title game. With no offer from Dick Bennett and the Badgers, however, Chambliss spent the next three years with the Nittany Lions of Penn State.

After leading PSU in scoring for consecutive seasons, Chambliss transferred to Wisconsin to play for Ryan. Chambliss sat out a season before captaining the 2005 Elite Eight squad.

He continued his playing career for two seasons in Portugal, and Chambliss then took a job as an assistant for two years at UW-Milwaukee under former UW assistant Rob Jeter. After UW-Milwaukee, Chambliss spent a year at Francis-Marion University and last season, he was an assistant under Jeff Gard at UW-Platteville.

Though it was not an easy decision for Chambliss to leave the Division II level at Francis-Marion to join Gard’s staff at Platteville, a Division III school, Chambliss highly regards his time in the western part of the state.

“I got the call from Jeff Gard and it was kind of a tough decision because at a certain point you think the numeral behind the division is what’s going to make or break you, but it’s not,” Chambliss said. “Platteville was a great experience. It was more than I expected.”

Finally, after a year abroad, two years in Milwaukee, a year in South Carolina and another year in Platteville, Chambliss finds himself back in Madison, reunited with Ryan.

“We’re excited to have Sharif back as a Badger,” Ryan said in a press release. “We saw his dedication and commitment first hand when he decided to forego a scholarship and return to his home state to join our program as a walk-on for the last two years of his playing career. This is a natural progression in Sharif’s career development.

“He was a great role model as a player and will be a tremendous asset to our staff.”

Now, Chambliss will look to translate his current position into the kind of success others — including one of the Big Ten’s best — before him have had.

“It’s a really great experience to be with, and around, coaches at this level,” Chambliss said. “If you look at prior history, this is the way that young guys are getting into the coaching business at the high level.

“Coach Mike Brown, who was the Cleveland Cavaliers coach, he started out at a video coordinator. The coach for the Miami Heat, started as a video coordinator. Tom Izzo started as a video coordinator. This is the way that you get into the business and you’re able to learn a lot from the game by watching a lot of film and helping the coaches with their scouting reports.”