Frank Kaminsky scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added 27 and Wisconsin beat Arizona 85-78 on Saturday in an Elite Eight matchup. With the victory, the Badgers reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. Here’s BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to the Badgers’ victory. The star: Frank Kaminsky or Sam Dekker. Take your pick. Big Frank showed why he was the Big Ten Player of the Year, hitting 9-of-20 shots for a game-high 29 points. Dekker connected on 8-of-11 shots for a career-high 27 points. It was the second game in a row Dekker notched
Frank Kaminsky was outstanding on Saturday night. [ MORE: Get our Wisconsin-Arizona stats, recaps and highlights ] The Badgers’ 7-foot do-it-all big man scored a game-high 29 points to help lead the Badgers past Arizona, 85-78, to secure a spot in the Final Four for the second straight year. He even busted out some dance moves. Following the win, the Badgers gathered in a circle, and Kaminsky went to the center to break out some must-see dance moves. Check it out in the video above. It’s impressive that a 7-footer can get that low. Congrats, Badgers!
Just a season ago, also in the West Region final, Wisconsin and Arizona faced off. The Badgers emerged victorious in an overtime thriller. The two meet again tonight.
The court that this year’s Final Four will be played on is ready at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Will a Big Ten team be playing on that court on April 4? That is the million dollar question as the Sweet 16 round concludes tonight with both Wisconsin and Michigan State still playing for a spot in the Final Four. The Badgers defeated North Carolina last night and will advance to play Arizona in the Elite Eight. Michigan State is set to play Oklahoma tonight in a Sweet 16 matchup. The official NCAA March Madness Twitter feed, @marchmadness, posted an
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
Aaron Rodgers enjoyed his time with the Wisconsin basketball team during its Final Four run last season. It looks like he's ready to do the same again this year.