Phil Mitten

  • joined Aug 19, 2010
  • last login Jul 10, 2014
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Joined B5Q in September 2010 after three and a half years running Hoops Marinara, a Wisconsin basketball blog.

Twitter: @hoopsmarinara

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Northwestern Q&A: B5Q grills Sippin' On Purple

The new year brings us an opportunity to chat with our Big Ten blogging brethren to preview tonight's conference opener with Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. CT with coverage on ESPN2.

Nigel Hayes named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

The Toledo, Ohio, native scores his first league-wide honor for a solid post-finals performance against Prairie View A&M.

Remembering Wisconsin's 1993 Rose Bowl run

This season marked the 20th anniversary of Wisconsin's remarkable return to the Rose Bowl after a 31-year hiatus. To help commemorate the anniversary, I am sharing my personal recollections on the season that launched the golden era of Badger sports.

Volleyball upsets No. 1 Texas to reach NCAA final

Wisconsin's cinderella story continued Thursday night in the semifinals, when it cruised past top-seeded Texas, 3-1. The Badgers go for their first-ever national title against Penn State on Saturday.

Jackson, Kaminsky top Santa's 'nice' list

As we pause for a holiday break in the schedule, take some time to appreciate the progress a few key Badgers have made in the last year.

E. Kentucky preview: Colonels bring small ball

Undersized Eastern Kentucky doesn't appear to have the size to match up with Wisconsin, but the Colonels have surprised Bucky before. Plus, will Frank Kaminsky even see action Saturday when the Badgers welcome the Colonels to the Kohl Center?

Milwaukee preview: Time to gear up for greatness

The Badgers are flying high and trying to match the program's best start in the modern era. Wisconsin welcomes its final in-state foe, UW-Milwaukee, into the Kohl Center on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT.

It's Marquette week, so let's make fun

The photo that launched a thousand snickers, plus a hilarious Dwyane Wade reaction video.

Michigan St. upset by UNC, leading to B1G/ACC tie


Wisconsin and Virginia weren't the only teams who forgot to score tonight ...

Badgers deny Cavaliers, 48-38, for Bo Ryan's 300th

The defense by both teams was the star of the show, but the savvy 1-2 punch of Frank Kaminsky and Josh Gasser made enough plays in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge to avenge Wisconsin's loss last season.

Final: Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38


Bo Ryan logged his 300th win as Wisconsin's coach as the Badgers moved to 9-0 -- the team's best start since 1993-94 -- with a 10-point win over Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It was only...

2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Day 2: Down to the wire

The Big Ten spotted the ACC a 4-0 lead in the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge and will need all of its top teams to hold serve Wednesday night in order to get a shot at redemption.

Wisconsin-Virginia: B5Q grills Streaking the Lawn

If Wisconsin is to extend its best start ever under Bo Ryan, it will have to do so against a criminally underrated Virginia team -- and on the Cavaliers' home floor, no less. Catch the game on ESPN2 tonight at 6 p.m. CT.

2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Day 1: New blood

Day one of the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge is upon us, with fresh combatants and a score to settle.

UW flips Hawaii OL commit Micah Kapoi for 2014

It was a big recruiting weekend despite the unexpected loss on the field. Wisconsin flipped its fifth commit in the 2014 cycle, adding a sixth possible lineman to the class.

West Virginia Q&A: B5Q grills The Smoking Musket

Three down, one to go. The Badgers take on the West Virginia Mountaineers with the Cancun Challenge championship on the line. Let's chat it out with a WVU bro.

St. Louis Q&A: B5Q grills Ben Weixlmann

With on-campus prelims out of the way, the "real" 2013 Cancun Challenge opens tonight in Mexico with Wisconsin-Saint Louis as the main event. SLU guru Ben Weixlmann joins us to discuss the game.

Frank Kaminsky named Big Ten Player of the Week

The junior forward earned league accolades after a record-setting week.

Meet Bowling Green's Jehvon Clarke

You have probably never heard of Bowling Green guard Jehvon Clarke before. Wisconsin's defense is praying they can keep it that way.

A Tank at a fork in the road: Kaminsky has arrived

Frank Kaminsky set a new Wisconsin single-game scoring record. Now he has a legacy to build.

Badgers survive in-state scare from Green Bay

Wisconsin had no answer for Green Bay's Keifer Sykes, yet managed to outlast the Phoenix on its home floor, 69-66.

Final score: Wisconsin 69, Green Bay 66

Wisconsin begins its state basketball tour with Green Bay, hoping to avoid another letdown at the Resch Center.

Badgers' hurdle is physical, not mental vs. UW-GB

Wisconsin's task is more physical than normal against a bigger Green Bay squad.

Basketball Recruiting Archive: 2014


A comprehensive list of recruiting commitments for the Wisconsin Badgers basketball program in the 2014 class.

3 Thoughts From Sec. 103: Florida Edition

Wisconsin got an important win this week over Florida, which also unveiled possible themes for the season ahead.

2014 F Ethan Happ signs with Badgers

The early national signing period for basketball opened Wednesday and UW's lone 2014 recruit finally signed on the dotted line.

B5Q Grills Alligator Army: Fla-Wis preview

If the Badgers are looking for revenge for last season's beatdown, now is the time to attack a depleted Florida team at the Kohl Center. Our friend Andy at Alligator Army answers seven burning questions about the new-look Gators.

St. John's Q&A: B5Q grills Rumble in the Garden

Friday night's season opener looms large for Wisconsin and St. John's, who square off in the brand new Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Get acquainted with St. John's through some Q&A with Pico from Rumble in the Garden.

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