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Varsity - March 7, 2013

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INSIDE MEN'S BASKETBALL BY PATRICK HERB @BadgerMBB SCHEDULE (20-9, 11-5) Last Week Feb. 26 Nebraska March 3 Purdue W, 77-46 L, 56-69 This Week Thursday at #10 Michigan St. 8 p.m. Sunday at Penn State 11 a.m. Next Five Mar. 14-17 Big Ten Tournament Mar. 19-24 NCAA Rounds 1-3 Sam's Club: Dekker in a league of his own Freshman vying for Big Ten Sixth Man award E ntering the season, expectations were high for Badgers freshman Sam Dekker. The Sheboygan native and 2012 Wisconsin Mr. Basketball award winner was regarded as one of the most promising freshmen in the country even before he donned the cardinal and 54 » VARSITY MAR CH 7, 2013 white in the fall. With three-fourths of his first collegiate season in the books, Dekker has met those expectations and is now emerging as one of the Big Ten's most deserving Sixth Man of the Year candidates in the country's deepest conference. Not only is Dekker argu- TBA TBA ably the Big Ten's most lethal weapon off the bench, but he has also been the conference's top scorer among sixth men. Dekker, who is averaging 9.4 points per game in Big Ten play, has reached double-figures in six straight contests for UW, tying his career-high with 19 points in a win over Nebraska on Feb. 26. Over his last six games, the freshman is displaying the numbers of an All-Big Ten performer, shooting 60.5 percent from the field, 52.0 percent from 3-point range and 86.0 percent from the free throw stripe. Dekker's impact has put him in position to become just UW's second Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year award winner (Jason Bohannon, 2008) and may also push him into the running for postseason All-Big Ten accolades. Road warriors » Wisconsin, which travels to take on No. 10 Michigan State this week, has won each of its last two road games against top-10 Big Ten teams, winning at No. 8 Ohio State, 63-60, and No. 2 Indiana, 64-59, this season.

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