Digging through my mail bag, looking for questions and queries to answer with spring football in full gear and basketball now in our rear-view mirror. Keep those cards and letters coming.
Following his outstanding NCAA Tournament run, Wisconsin junior Sam Dekker has officially declared for the 2015 NBA Draft. [ MORE: With Dekker gone, what’s next for Wisconsin ] This comes as no surprise as Dekker was nothing short of outstanding in this year’s NCAA tourney, averaging more than 19 points and 5.5 rebounds in helping the Badgers top Kentucky and earn a spot in the national title game. Dekker started 81 games in his three years at Wisconsin, finishing 15th in school history with 1,363 points. He became just the eighth player in Wisconsin’s rich basketball history to total 1,000
It was no shock to see the report today that Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker is turning pro. He had to. His stock never will be higher after a breakout NCAA tourney in which he averaged 19.1 points and made 15-of-36 3-pointers in helping the Badgers reach the national championship game. Now what for Wisconsin? Bo Ryan never has finished lower than fourth place in the Big Ten since becoming Wisconsin coach in 2001-02. But he’ll face a roster with some yawning holes next season, putting that remarkable “top four” streak in jeopardy. In addition to losing Dekker, who had a season of
After Wisconsin’s strong run through the NCAA Tournament that fell one win short of a national title, junior forward Sam Dekker announced today that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2015 NBA Draft. In a letter posted on Twitter via the Badgers’ basketball account, @BadgerMBB, Dekker said, “These past three years have been the best, most memorable years of my life,” Dekker said. “Growing up in the state and being able to wear Wisconsin across my chest has been a dream come true.” “After lots of thoughts and prayers, I’ve decided that it is in
Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links, Mark Dantonio feels his football team is ready to play now. Plus, we found five great questions about Michigan's basketball team. Braxton Miller won't get in trouble for that Instagram photo. And a few other football teams are focused on improving specific team units. Let's get to the links.
For as long as she can remember, University of Iowa research professor Kristina Thiel has been fascinated by science. She discovered her calling in an unlikely place as a girl growing up in the small town of Andalusia, Ala. “My dad owned a little dry cleaners and at a really young age, I was fascinated with the chemistry behind it,” she said in her soft Southern accent. “I knew that how you get the stains out of clothing is based on one thing: chemistry.” From those unassuming origins, Thiel launched a career devoted to trying to kick cancer where it counts. After
Big Ten lacrosse season is here, and BTN has you covered! Every week, our Big Ten Network lacrosse Twitter handle, @BTNLax, will be tweeting out individual team reports. Six teams make up the Big Ten men’s lacrosse conference: Ohio State, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Michigan, Rutgers and Penn State. Check out our BTN2Go page to see when you can watch Big Ten lacrosse action on our user-friendly mobile app! Here is a look at our men’s lacrosse team reports from this week. OHIO STATE JOHNS HOPKINS MARYLAND MICHIGAN RUTGERS PENN STATE Make sure to follow us on Twitter, @BTNLax, and then
The NFL Draft is just three weeks away, which means experts are putting the final touches on their 2015 mock drafts. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently released his 4.0 mock draft, which features five Big Ten players in the first round. The first Big Ten star Kiper Jr. projects to be off the board is Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, who he has going No. 6 overall to the New York Jets. “The new threats in the passing game are nice, but given the QB options on the roster, this team needs to be able to run
Minnesota hasn’t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 11 draft choices in that span. In fact, the Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years—2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the eighth round. Minnesota could have a few picks in this year’s draft, with TE Maxx Williams and RB David Cobb leading the way. Williams may be a first-round pick, as he is considered by most to be
Mike Riley takes another step forward in his debut season at Nebraska with the spring game on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.