Wisconsin junior Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points while leading Wisconsin to an impressive 79-72 victory over North Carolina in a Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction. The star: Sam Dekker played like a man possessed on this day, hitting 10-of-15 shots for a game- and career-high 23 points. Wait, it gets better: Dekker also had a game-high 10 rebounds. That helped the Badgers have a 35-28 edge on the glass, which helped negate North Carolina’s 61.5 percent (8-of-13) shooting from 3-point land. The stat: 23, free throws
Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. Zak Showalter came off the bench to score six points in the Badgers’ 19-7 comeback run that sent them into the West Regional final Saturday against No. 2 seed Arizona. Here’s our full live men’s tournament scoreboard: MIDWEST | WEST | EAST | SOUTH And here’s a daily Big Ten men’s basketball scoreboard. Catch up on all the action from Thursday’s game
This is a great time of year, with March Madness in full swing and spring football rolling. So, it’s a good time to reach into my mail bag. Here we go! Do you think Michigan State can win the national title? – Richard Cobb You have to like the Spartans’ chances to at least reach the Final Four for the first time since 2010. Tom Izzo’s team is playing well, winning six of its last seven games. And the lone loss was an overtime defeat to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship tilt. Michigan State is deep and motivated. If
Wisconsin hopes to take another step toward returning to the Final Four for a second season in a row tonight when the No. 1 Badgers take on No. 4 North Carolina in a West Region Sweet 16 matchup in Los Angeles that tips at 7:47 p.m. ET. The keys to a Wisconsin win? Here you go. 1. Added depth. Traevon Jackson says he will play, a first since being out with a foot injury suffered Jan. 11 in a loss at Rutgers. The senior point man says he has no limitations. We shall see. The Badgers lack depth. So, bringing
It’s becoming common knowledge throughout the college basketball world that Wisconsin sophomore Nigel Hayes is one of the Big Ten’s top personalities. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] Just last week, he decided to have some fun with the NCAA Tournament stenographer by using a few words like “onomatopoeia” before answering a question in a press conference. Hayes was at it again Wednesday, the day before Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 matchup vs. North Carolina, and @BadgerMBB captured the moment. That’s Hayes making a funny face after learning he was using NBA star Kobe Bryant’s locker in the
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Just reaching the Final Four is a big accomplishment, given the rigors, perils and cruelty of the one-and-done NCAA tourney format. It's unforgiving. One bad night ... and you're gone.