A little less than halfway through the Big Ten season and one of the main goals the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team set for itself is starting to look very achievable.Wisconsin has not won a regular season Big Ten championship since 2008 and after this weekend’s slate of games in the Big Ten, combined with the Badgers’ 74-63 win over Iowa Saturday, Wisconsin now has a two-game advantage in the loss column over the five teams that currently sit at second place in the conference.Maryland, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue have 6-3 records in Big Ten play, one-and-a-half games back of first place Wisconsin who sits at 7-1 in conference.But don’t tell these numbers to anybody on the fifth-ranked Badgers, who are one upset-loss to Rutgers away from being undefeated in Big Ten play. There’s still plenty of the regular season left to play.“We’re just as far away from it as we are to it,” sophomore forward Nigel Hayes said of winning a conference championship.Through eight Big Ten games this season it would be very hard to argue that Wisconsin is not the best team in the conference. The Badgers are the only team currently ranked in the top 15 in the country from the Big Ten and their two losses this season, overall, are the fewest of any team in the Big Ten.So while the Badgers are certainly on the right track toward their first conference regular season conference championship in six years, there’s still plenty of work to be done.“We talked about how we’re kind of in the driver’s seat right now and that we control our own destiny,” senior forward Frank Kaminsky said. “We don’t want to drop any games and we want to win out from here and go into the [Big Ten] tournament as Big Ten champions.”The rankings as of Sunday show that the Badgers have just two ranked opponents left on their regular season schedule. No. 25 Indiana comes to the Kohl Center Tuesday before Wisconsin travels to Maryland Feb. 24 to take on the No. 16 Terrapins.In addition to Indiana and Maryland, the Badgers still have to travel to second place Ohio State as well as rival Minnesota and play Michigan State at home. So while Wisconsin sits at 19-2 and 7-1 in the Big Ten, it won’t mean much if a regular season Big Ten championship slips through its grasp.“We haven’t done anything yet,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “That’s our motto. We haven’t done anything yet.”Iowa Game Notes— Wisconsin’s 19-2 start to the season is the program’s third-best start while its 7-1 Big Ten record marks just the third time in program history that Wisconsin has won seven of its first eight conference games. — The Badgers have now won four straight games over the Hawkeyes, winning both matchups this season and last season. Overall, Bo Ryan is 19-7 against Iowa in his tenure at Wisconsin. — With four players scoring in double figures (Sam Dekker, Josh Gasser, Hayes, Kaminsky), the Badgers have now had at least four players score in double figures in a game 10 times this season. — Wisconsin turned the ball over just six times Saturday and with the one turnover the Badgers committed against the Hawkeyes Jan. 20, they turned it over only seven times in two games against Iowa. Excluding the games against the Hawkeyes, Wisconsin has committed less than seven turnovers in a single game only four times this season.— With a game-high 24 points, Frank Kaminsky has now scored 20 points in four of his last five games and has eclipsed the 20-point mark seven times this season.— Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig had zero turnovers Saturday and has only three in 177 minutes as a starter for Wisconsin.
A poll conducted last week by WebMD found that 1 in 10 Americans believe they have been infected with COVID-19 over the last 30 days, although few of them have had access to testing in order to confirm their suspicions.Only about seven percent of those who thought they had the novel coronavirus were actually tested for it. Out of those, two-thirds tested positive for the virus.The poll, which was conducted on April 20 and 21, had 6,300 respondents.WebMD says that of those individuals who said they were not tested, 39 percent explained they did not meet the testing criteria, while 28 percent said they did not think they needed a test, and 25 percent added that testing was not yet available in their area. Another 16 percent stated they were concerned about seeking treatment.In addition, new data collected in our region suggests that more than 100,000 people in Miami-Dade County may be infected with the virus.That information comes from the Surveillance Program Assessing Risk and Knowledge of Coronavirus, also known as SPARK-C. It is a public-private partnership designed to determine the actual rate of COVID-19 exposure in the community.Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and researchers from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held a virtual news conference on Friday to discuss the data.Gimenez said, “Using statistical methods, we are 95 percent certain the true amount of infection lies between 4.4 percent and 7.9 percent of the population.”Here is our virtual press conference on the COVID-19 with an update on the study Miami-Dade is conducting in conjunction with @UMiamiHealth. https://t.co/aLcSLqgGQd— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) April 24, 2020 That means that between 123,000 to 221,000 residents potentially have been infected by the virus, confirming the SPARK-C study.Researchers explained during the news conference that the numbers provided are based on the participation of 1,400 people over two weeks.Mayor Gimenez added that six percent of the participants tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Out of those who tested positive for the antibodies, more than half did not have symptoms. Follow-up testing will be conducted on those who have antibodies.“That’s exactly why we are going to have security measures and enforcement measures in place before we open,” he explained.The random sampling in the study also found that African-Americans seem to be twice as likely to get the virus.Recent numbers show that the curve is flattening in Miami-Dade County, although Gimenez warns residents against disobeying social distancing orders.Gimenez says the county has hired 400 people to help with enforcement.“We want to get back to normal, but we can only do so if people respect social distancing and follow the rules,” he adds.The mayor plans to continue the community-wide surveillance program.“It’s the new normal. We won’t get back to the old, old normal until, I believe, either we have vast testing or we have a vaccine,” Gimenez explains.As of Sunday morning, there were 11,351 confirmed cases and 301 deaths in Miami-Dade County, the most cases and deaths in the state.