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April 20, 2015

Badgers get Prime Time kick on Big Ten Network

MotionW_2ColorThe Big Ten Network announced today that the Wisconsin Badgers’ Sept. 26 meeting with Hawaii will air in prime time on BTN.  A specific kickoff time will be announced at a later date.

The matchup will be UW’s first prime time game at Camp Randall Stadium since a 16-14 win over Utah State on Sept. 15, 2012.  Wisconsin has won five straight night games at Camp Randall and is 12-5 all-time at night on its home field.

Today’s announcement of prime time games includes those only to be aired by BTN.  Prime time selections by ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will be announced in the near future.

The matchup against Hawaii is the final non-conference game on the Badgers 2015 schedule.

Kaminsky captures Wooden Award

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin senior center Frank Kaminsky was named the winner of the Wooden Award today (Friday) in Los Angeles.

Kaminsky scored 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in Wisconsin’s championship game loss to Duke (68-63) last week.  He finished the season averaging 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, all team highs.

Kaminsky captured Big Ten Player of the Year award and won three national Player of the Year honors at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

He beat out Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentuckyh’s Willie Cauley-Stein, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant for the honor.

Kaminsky leaves Wisconsin as the most decorated player in program history and expects to be a first round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

 

Dekker to enter 2015 NBA Draft (Opinion)

Sam Dekker warming up before the NCAA title game.

Sam Dekker warming up before the NCAA title game.

Wisconsin Badger junior forward Sam Dekker announced today (Friday) that he will pass up his final season of eligibility at UW and enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

“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 my best interest to enter the NBA Draft at this time.  It is difficult to leave Madison and the only state I’ve called home, but I’m excited for the next chapter of my life.”

The Sheboygan, Wisconsin native appeared in 113 games with 81 starts in his career at UW, finishing 15th in school history with 1,363 points.  Combined with his 569 career rebounds, Dekker became just the eighth Badger to tally 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his first three seasons. [Read more…]

“Rent a Player” comments drawing scrutiny (google hangout – video)

Wisconsin Badger head coach Bo Ryan didn’t take the National championship game loss to Duke on Monday night in stride.

Ryan created a stir during his post game press conference when referring to the type of players he likes to recruit with the Badgers.

AUDIO: Bo Ryan comments on “Rent a Players” :19

Ryan’s “rent-a-player” quote caught on and went viral.  Wisconsin isn’t known for having freshmen leave after one season, while Duke could see Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow all head to the NBA. [Read more…]

Review process breaks down late in Wisconsin’s loss to Duke

We’ve all seen the replay of the ball that went out-of-bounds with less than two minutes to play in the NCAA Tournament Championship game between Duke and Wisconsin.  The Badgers trailed by five points at the time and after the ball sailed out-of-bounds, the officials went to review to determine who should get the basketball.

A replay from the CBS Broadcast showed the ball should have belonged to Wisconsin but the official review gave the ball to Duke, which was consistent with the original on-court ruling.

John Adams is the head of officiating for the NCAA and offered this explanation for the outcome of the play.

AUDIO: Joh Adams explains the late controversial call that awarded the basketball to Duke :46

AUDIO: John Adams says this can’t happen again :11

Adams made his comments on: College Sports on Sirius XM on Tuesday.

The officials also missed a Duke player touching the end line which would have given the ball back to the Badgers in the final minutes of Wisconsin’s 5-point loss to the Blue Devils.