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first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Rutgers looks to sweep Wisconsin SUPER SENIORS: Wisconsin has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Nate Reuvers, D’Mitrik Trice, Aleem Ford and Brevin Pritzl have combined to account for 59 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 67 percent of all Badgers points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Trice has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Wisconsin field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 18 field goals and 29 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Rutgers has dropped its last four road games, scoring 62 points and allowing 66.8 points during those contests. Wisconsin has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 68.2 points while giving up 61.4.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Badgers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Scarlet Knights. Wisconsin has an assist on 49 of 74 field goals (66.2 percent) over its past three contests while Rutgers has assists on 30 of 71 field goals (42.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Rutgers defense has allowed only 61.6 points per game to opponents, which is the 16th-best mark in the country. The Wisconsin offense has put up just 66.5 points through 26 games (ranked 272nd among Division I teams). Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRutgers (18-9, 9-7) vs. Wisconsin (16-10, 9-6)Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin; Sunday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Rutgers goes for the season sweep over Wisconsin after winning the previous matchup in Piscataway. The teams last met on Dec. 11, when the Scarlet Knights shot 46 percent from the field en route to a seven-point victory. February 21, 2020last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking after the match, Basil Okpara Jnr., one of the five player escorts from Nigeria said, “Travelling to Cairo and being a player escort was a huge honour and an incredible experience. Leading the football players into the stadium in front of a cheering crowd was a memory that I will treasure forever and I would like to thank Visa for making it possible.”Kehinde Osidele, mother of Osidele Elijah, added, “I was extremely proud to watch my son escort the players onto the pitch at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric and it is was a moment I will cherish forever. Thank you to Visa for making my son’s dreams come true.”Through Visa’s sponsorship of the player escort program for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament, more than 1,100 children from around the world have been given the opportunity to lead out their football heroes as they take to the field during the football tournament.Visa’s sponsorship of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2019 and 2021, makes Visa the exclusive or preferred payment services provider at all venues and the official partner of the player escort program.With The Confederation of African Football (CAF), the organizer of the tournament, Visa is able to capitalize on football’s popularity throughout the continent, tap into high-growth markets and continue to deliver exclusive benefits to its local communities, clients, partners and fans as they come together to support the best of African football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five Nigerian children led players onto the pitch at Total AFCON 2019 quarter-final match in Cairo Visa made the dreams of five Nigerian children come true when they led some of the world’s best football players onto the pitch at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo during the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match between Tunisia and Madagascar on Thursday. Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments and official sponsor of the prestigious tournament, gave the lucky children the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be player escorts as part of its Unstoppable Stories campaign, which was launched in earlier this year.The player escorts, who were also treated to a three-day trip to the capital city, were Tijani Ibrahim 10 year old from Lagos State, Basil Okpara, 9 year old from Imo State, Osidele Elijah from Ogun State, Adebayo Oluwaseun, 9 year old and Olubowale Oluwanifemi 10 year old, both from Lagos State. The children were identified through Visa’s Unstoppable Stories campaign for 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, which called upon children to share their stories and inspirations of what makes them or their heroes unstoppable.Commenting on the occasion, Kemi Okusanya, Visa’s Country Manager for Nigeria said, “Visa is a long-standing supporter of football and we are proud to be leveraging our sponsorship of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations in such a positive way. It was heart-warming to witness the joy of the player escorts as they led the players into the stadium. The special moment marked the culmination of weeks of preparation since the Unstoppable Stories campaign was launched. Congratulations to each of the player escorts who represented Nigeria with honour in front of a global audience and to everyone who contributed to the success of the inspirational campaign.”last_img read more