Dekker Big Ten Freshman of the Week


MADISON, Wis. —  Following his 13-point, four-rebound outing in Wisconsin’s win over No.12/13 Illinois on Saturday, freshman Sam Dekker earned the Big Ten’s freshman of the week award, the conference announced on Monday.

 The Sheboygan, Wis., native went 5-for-9 (.556) from the field, including a 3-of-7 (.428) effort from beyond the arc during the win. The freshman has scored in double figures in six of the Badger’s last nine games and is playing a vital role in UW’s first 3-0 start in Big Ten play since the 2008-09 season.

 Dekker, who is fourth on the team averaging 9.3 points per game, is the first Wisconsin freshman to earn the award since the Big Ten debuted the honor in 2010-11.  Dekker ranks sixth in the Big Ten, shooting 41.8 percent (23-55) from 3-point range and is fifth among all Big Ten freshmen in scoring.


Game Time Announced for Badgers Dec. 2nd Matchup with Cal


Wisconsin hosts Golden Bears time set for 3 p.m. (CT) on BTN

MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s Dec. 2 game against California will tip off at 3 p.m. (CT), the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday.

The game, which marks the eighth all-time meeting with California, and the first since 1986, will air live on the Big Ten Network. The Golden Bears (3-0) are coming off a 24-10 season a year ago in which they reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

A limited number of tickets remain and can be ordered online at or by calling 1-800-GO-BADGERS.

Wisconsin (2-1) hosts Presbyterian (0-3) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. That game will be live streamed on

— Courtesty of UW Basketball Media Relations —

Ryan issues ‘Charity Stripe Challenge’ to UW students


MADISON, Wis. — On Thursday, Oct. 25, UW-Madison students will have the opportunity to team up with the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and Coaches vs. Cancer to take a shot at fighting the world’s deadliest disease.

The premise is simple: come to the Kohl Center from 3-7 p.m. and make Bo Ryan pay. The more students that show up, the more baskets made, the more money raised.

Ryan and his wife, Kelly, have challenged all UW-Madison students to shoot hoops on the main court for a good cause.

“Cancer is a terrible disease that has affected every single one of us in some form or fashion,” Ryan said. “Whether you’ve had a family member or friend who has battled cancer or if you’ve fought that battle yourself, we all have a story to tell.”

Kohl Center Gate A will open at 3 p.m. and the only person paying for admission is Coach Ryan.

For starters, Bo and Kelly Ryan will donate $1 to Coaches vs. Cancer/the American Cancer Society for every UW student that simply walks into the Kohl Center. Students will then be given an opportunity to knock down some shots to increase the donation.

For a made free throw, $10 will be donated and $1,000 will be donated for every half-court shot made. Any student who makes a half-court shot will also win free Wisconsin men’s basketball season tickets!

“Please join me and my wife, Kelly, for an opportunity to raise money to continue to fight to find a cure,” Ryan added. “We strongly encourage the participation of all the students on campus regardless of your ability to shoot a basketball. We really want this event to be about an evening of fun, an opportunity to meet your 2012-2013 Wisconsin men’s basketball team and to raise money for a great cause. Please mark your calendars for the 25th of October and let’s beat this disease that has touched us all!”

There will be other activities throughout the afternoon and evening, including pizza (while supplies last), men’s basketball player appearances, free Wisconsin / adidas gear and raffle prizes including autographed basketballs, $250 Best Buy gift cards and more.

The evening culminates at 7 p.m. with the announcement of the final donation. At that time, Coach Ryan and Kelly will present a check to Coaches vs. Cancer based on the students’ participation.

This special event is part of UW-Madison Homecoming Week festivities. Students are encouraged to visit to stay abreast of the latest activities. Or, follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #UWHC.

Additionally, students will have a chance to be a part of The Grateful Red student section and a limited number of men’s basketball season tickets will be on sale at the Oct. 25 event.

(UW Basketball communications press release)

All Session Men’s and Women’s Big Ten Basketball Tourney Tix on sale October 20th


Men’s Tourney returns to Chicago for the 1st Time since 2007

Park Ridge, Ill. – All-session tickets for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Noon CT. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held in the Chicagoland area for the first time from March 7-10 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will return to the United Center in Chicago from March 14-17.

Lower level tickets for both tournaments can be purchased at all 12 Big Ten university ticket offices, but please contact the schools directly for on-campus sale dates. General public tickets for the women’s event can be purchased through the Sears Centre Arena ticket offices at 1-888-SEARS-TIX (732-7784) or Upper level tickets for the men’s tournament may be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or through the United Center ticket offices at 312-455-4668 or

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets are available for $60 through January 31, which is a 25 percent discount off the regular price of $80. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block for their respective team’s games are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office. The women’s tournament will feature general admission seating, allowing fans to witness the action from the best available seats in Sears Centre Arena.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the 100 and 200 levels at the United Center are available for $325 through the Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the 300 level are available for $240 or $175 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the United Center box office only. Orders will be limited to eight all-session tickets.

In addition, the men’s tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.

The 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held outside of Indianapolis for the first time since 2001 and just the second time in conference history. The 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to Chicago, which hosted the inaugural event in 1998 and on seven total occasions, most recently in 2007. For more information on both events, including full brackets, go to

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