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Wisconsin celebrates national runner-up basketball team

It was a special night Tuesday at the Kohl Center, as Wisconsin celebrated its national runner-up men's basketball team, which lost to Duke in the title game earlier this month.

Four Big Ten stars in SI.com's first round NBA Mock Draft

The 2015 NBA Draft is more than two months away, but it’s never too early to speculate. Chris Mannix of SI.com recently released his 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0, which features four Big Ten names. [ MORE: Terran Petteway to enter the 2015 NBA Draft ] Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is the first name to appear on the list, going No. 6 overall to the Sacramento Kings. “Questions about Russell’s athleticism are drowned out by praise for his playmaking and brilliance in the pick-and-roll,” Mannix says. “Russell is an ideal complement to DeMarcus Cousins.” Russell has not formally declared for

Dienhart: Should Frank Kaminsky have his No. 44 retired? Yep

Should Wisconsin retire Frank Kaminsky’s No. 44? Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal thinks so. And, I agree. Kaminsky was a transcendental player who took this program to heights it hadn’t seen in generations.

Twitter reacts to Sam Dekker's decision to enter 2015 NBA Draft

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

Dienhart: With Sam Dekker gone, what's next for Wisconsin?

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

Wisconsin Badgers' Sam Dekker to forgo senior season, enter NBA Draft

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

Refs didn't see best angle of controversial out-of-bounds call

Everyone watching the national final Monday night saw the CBS replay that showed Duke was the last to touch a ball that went out of bounds in the closing minutes. Turns out, the refs didn't see the best angle of the replay and awarded Duke the ball.