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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

Five Big Ten players in first round of Mel Kiper Jr.'s NFL Mock Draft 4.0

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

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.

Report: Conference title game restrictions to be relaxed by 2016

CBSSports.com is reporting that football conference title games will be deregulated in 2016. And, that’s OK. NCAA rules say a league must have at least 12 schools, and teams must play every other team in their division, if a conference wants to play a title game. The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 all have such a configuration, with two division winners meeting for the title. The Big 12 is the lone “major” league that lacks a conference title game, as it has only 10 schools. Now, the Big 12 and ACC want to change the rules—for different reasons,

One win short of national title, Wisconsin Badgers end 'a great ride'

INDIANAPOLIS — It started well for Wisconsin on college basketball’s biggest stage as the shots fell, the defense smothered, and the Badgers, eying the Big Ten’s first national championship in 15 years, led by nine points. [ MORE: Twitter: Badgers, past and present, react to national final loss ] But then came Duke, fueled by an unsuspected freshman hero not named Okafor or Winslow and guided by a coach with a history of winning big games. The freshman was Grayson Allen, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half after averaging just four a game this season. Allen