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.
Did you know the Big Ten has more recent Final Four appearances and a more diverse collection of teams in the Final Four over the last two decades than anyone else? We talk about that story and catch up on some football headlines in Thursday's Big Ten links.
Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of Lacey Holsworth's death, and the Michigan State community is remembering the 8-year-old who died of neuroblastoma.
With the men’s basketball season in the books, BTN.com asked a writer from every school for his/her team’s player to watch in 2015-16. See all of the writers’ picks inside.
Here is a neat look at Wisconsin’s 17 consecutive NCAA trips. Since 1999, the Badgers have made eight Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight trips, three visits to the Final Four, and one shot at the championship game. Very impressive. No more doubts on if this program has reached the “elite” level. It is there. *** Tom Izzo has had enough of opponents shooting more free throws than his Spartans. The loss to Duke in the national semifinal apparently was the last straw. “I’m going to drive it a little more, and then a little more after that, and then
John Beilein announced Wednesday that junior guard Spike Albrecht has undergone right hip surgery, and the recovery will require four-to-five months of rehabilitation. Albrecht may consider a similar procedure on his left hip later in the offseason. “There is no player tougher than Spike Albrecht,” Beilein said. “He proved that this season playing through injury and continual pain in both hips. He never used it as an excuse and I will always admire him for that. We have some of the world’s best doctors at the University of Michigan and we are confident he will only get better following this
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.
It’s time to look forward and point toward 2015-16. How will the Big Ten look? Check out BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's very early predictions inside.