Wisconsin Rumors & News

  • Wisconsin's Sam Dekker headed to NBA draft

    USA Today "Sam Dekker announced Friday he will skip his final season for Wisconsin and enter the NBA draft. "These past three years have been the best, most memorable years of my life," the junior forward said in a statement. "Growing up in the state and being able to wear Wisconsin across my chest has..." April 10

  • Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky wins 2015 John R. Wooden Award

    CBSSports.com "Frank Kaminsky on Friday morning was announced as the winner of the 2015 John R. Wooden Award, meaning the Wisconsin senior has now swept all significant POY awards. Nearly 1,000 "colllege basketball experts" voted for the award. Duke's Jahil Okafor finished second. UK's Willie Cauley-Stein..." April 10

  • NCAA VP: Actually, Refs Did Have The Best Angle On Controversial Play

    ESPN.com "Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's vice president of the men's basketball championship, said on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Wednesday that officials actually did see the same video replay that viewers at home saw on the questionable out-of-bounds call in the national title game, contradicting what John..." April 09

  • Mike Krzyzewski fires back at Bo Ryan's 'rent-a-player' dig

    ESPN.com "Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took exception to an apparent dig from Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who in the aftermath of the Badgers' national championship game loss to the Blue Devils on Monday said, "We don't do rent-a-player." Ryan threw out that zinger after his team lost to Duke, which could..." April 08

  • Badgers will be challenged in retooling roster for 2015-16

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "During a quiet moment of reflection in the losing locker room Monday night, Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser assessed the team's future as he struggled to accept the present. UW had just lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game, representing the final college game of his career. Still, he..." April 07

  • Duke-Wisconsin championship game draws largest TV rating in 18 years

    Yahoo! Sports "The 2015 national championship basketball game between Duke and Wisconsin on CBS Monday night drew the largest overnight rating in 18 years. The game attracted a 17.1 share in Nielsen metered markets, the biggest overnight rating for the championship game since Arizona beat Kentucky in the..." April 07

  • NCAA Officiating Head: Refs Never Saw Best Angle Of Controversial Play

    Deadspin.com "To most of America, it sure as hell looked like the Wisconsin Badgers got hosed by a blown out-of-bounds call in the final minutes of last night’s championship game. It was hard to imagine how the referees could have looked at the same replay angle that we all saw at home during their review and..." April 07

  • ‘Just a shame’: Bo Ryan blames refs for heartbreak to Duke

    New York Post "Bo Ryan sounded like a frustrated fan following Wisconsin’s heartbreaking 68-63 defeat to Duke in Monday night’s national championship game. After the Badgers blew a nine-point second-half lead, Ryan played the blame game, pointing to the officiating. “It’s just a shame that it had to be..." April 07

  • Wisconsin's Bo Ryan refers to one-and-dones as 'rent-a-players'

    CBSSports.com "Bo Ryan told CBS Sports' Tracy Wolfson that it was a "shame" that the the 2015 NCAA tournament national championship game had to be played with so much body contact, adding that the loss to Duke had "more body contact than any game we played all year." But while Ryan appeared intent on pointing..." April 07

  • Duke pulls away late, beats Wisconsin for fifth national championship

    Fox Sports "The Duke Blue Devils pulled away late from the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday night, winning the national championship in Indianapolis and giving head coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national title, second all time. With the title, his first since 2010, Krzyzewski breaks a tie with Kentucky legend..." April 07

  • Roy Williams left a championship game seat open for Bo Ryan's late father

    SB Nation "North Carolina head coach Roy Williams had a good seat for the national title game between Wisconsin and Duke. Instead of taking that spot, he decided to make a lovely tribute to the father of Badgers coach Bo Ryan." April 07

  • Kaminsky: 'Nothing needs to be made out of' Harrison's slur

    CBSSports.com "Wisconsin forward/national Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky quickly put an end on Sunday to the talk and controversy regarding Andrew Harrison's use of a racial slur toward Kaminsky after Kentucky's loss to the Badgers on Saturday night. Harrison was caught on a live microphone cursing and a..." April 06

  • Andrew Harrison drops explicit remark about Frank Kaminsky into live mic

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Someone needs to teach Kentucky star Andrew Harrison what a live microphone is. Quick. After the Wildcats had their perfect season ruined by Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin, Kentucky had to face the music during a postgame podium appearance. Harrison, while his teammate was..." April 05

  • Wisconsin, Duke to play for national title

    CNN.com "38 and home. The Kentucky Wildcats' bid for perfection ended Saturday night at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers, which rallied for a tough 71-64 victory in the NCAA men's basketball Final Four at Indianapolis. National player of the year Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin with 20 points and 11..." April 05

  • Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky chosen AP Player of the Year

    College Basketball Talk "Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky picked up a major award Friday morning, as he was named winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The 6-foot-11 Kaminsky, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year last month, has helped lead the Badgers to..." April 04

  • Badgers' Hayes at odds with NCAA in its biggest money-making event

    CBSSports.com "Tucked into a corner of a Staples Center locker room is massive basketball history. "Oh yeah, obviously it's Kobe's locker," said Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes. The Badgers' forward referenced his surroundings last week at the West Regional in LA. What a seating assignment. Hayes just knew..." April 01

  • Ranking the starters in the Final Four from No. 1 to No. 20

    CBSSports.com "We ranked the starters in the Sweet 16 from No. 80 to No. 1, and noted that many of the nation's stars were still in play with 15 games remaining in the tournament. Well, that's still the case in the Final Four. The nation's four best big men are still playing (no coincidence on that), along..." April 01

  • Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor highlights AP All-American team

    CBSSports.com "The Associated Press released its 2014-15 All-America team Monday with Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky the lone player to receive a unanimous selection. Kaminsky helped lead the Badgers to their second straight Final Four appearance and led the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game. Duke..." March 30

  • Perfection looming, Vegas rooting against UK

    ESPN.com "Kentucky heads into the Final Four as an odds-on favorite to cap an undefeated season with a national championship. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas made Kentucky a minus-120 favorite to win the national title, shortly after the Final Four was finalized with Duke's win over Gonzaga. The..." March 30

  • Frank Kaminsky's unheralded rise typifies Wisconsin

    USA Today "The story of the Wisconsin men's basketball program's unlikely and sustained success is best illustrated by a skinny high school recruit who in the summer of 2009 rarely got off the bench for his AAU team. That is, when the team bothered to take him along. That kid was Frank Kaminsky, now a..." March 26

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  • Strength coach Erik Helland provides strong behind-the-scenes support

    Madison.com "A little more than an hour after the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had opened the NCAA tournament with a victory over Coastal Carolina last Friday night, Frank Kaminsky was catching up with family and friends in the lobby of the Embassy Suites in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The..." March 25

  • Frank Kaminsky interviews original 'Frank the Tank'

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Chants of "Frank the Tank" have followed Frank Kaminsky during his basketball career. In fact, that nickname was written across his Sports Illustrated cover this past week, with Kaminsky enduring 30-degree temperatures in his uniform for a photo shoot in front of a tank. That nickname became..." March 25

  • College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams: Louisville On Top, Kansas Close Behind

    Forbes.com "The Louisville Cardinals are, for the fourth consecutive year, college basketball’s most valuable team. But the team’s financial success appears to have ebbed for the first time since 2009. This year Louisville is worth $38.3 million, down a hair from last year’s $39.5 million valuation. And while..." March 18

  • Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson cleared to play, returns to practice

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Traevon Jackson's senior year hasn't gone quite the way he planned, but the Wisconsin point guard could still have an opportunity to be part of one last NCAA Tournament run. Jackson returned to practice Tuesday after being cleared to play by UW's medical staff. He has missed the past 17 games..." March 18

  • Wisconsin senior point guard cleared to play, may return to practice next week

    College Basketball Talk "Wisconsin senior guard Traevon Jackson has been cleared to play and could return to practice on Monday, he told NBCSports.com on Friday. The 6-foot-2 guard has been out since Jan. 12 with a fractured right foot, which Jackson suffered during the Badgers’ Big Ten loss to Rutgers. “I’m going..." March 14

  • Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson might not be back for Big Ten tournament

    Racine Journal-Times "Traevon Jackson put up a good front Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center, but University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan could tell the senior point guard was hurting on the inside. Jackson, who has missed 12 consecutive games since breaking his right foot in mid-January, wanted to..." March 03

  • Badgers seniors have persevered, produced immensely

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "The stories of Wisconsin's four-man senior class differ, each one filled with moments of doubt that tested the limits of their basketball convictions. There was Josh Gasser missing an entire season because of a torn ACL, Duje Dukan sitting for a year after complications from mononucleosis, Traevon..." March 01

  • Traevon Jackson not cleared to practice but discards boot

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Less than a week ago, Traevon Jackson insisted he would be ready to return to the Wisconsin lineup Sunday against visiting Michigan State. On Friday, UW officials announced the team’s medical staff hadn’t cleared the senior point guard to return to practice. " February 28

  • Badgers have point guard conundrum once Jackson returns

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Penn State coach Patrick Chambers waxed poetic this week about Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson, calling him "a Nittany Lion killer over his career" and suggesting his leadership in the Big Ten simply was unmatched by anybody. Chambers certainly would know, having watched Jackson bury a..." February 17

  • Redshirt freshman Happ improving self, Badgers behind the scenes

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "The most improved player on Wisconsin's basketball team won't see the court for any meaningful time at all this season. The days in which he scores on a flurry of impressive post moves or snags 10 offensive rebounds in a 5-on-5 scrimmage session are charted by student managers in front of no..." February 10

  • Frank Kaminsky set for Thursday's game after sitting out with concussion

    Madison.com "It was a frustrating feeling for Frank Kaminsky as the senior center for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team sat on the bench Sunday night and watched the Badgers lose their first Big Ten Conference game of the season. The good news for Kaminsky — and UW — is he once again will be..." January 14

  • Traevon Jackson to have foot surgery Thursday; return date unknown

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Wisconsin will be without senior point guard Traevon Jackson for the remainder of January and likely longer. Jackson, who suffered a right-foot injury in the second half of UW’s 67-62 loss to Rutgers on Sunday, is to undergo surgery on Thursday. According to UW officials, his initial..." January 13

  • Adidas sends Wisconsin warm ups with Cincinnati's logo

    Sporting News - NCAAB "There are a lot of college basketball teams that wear red, but you would think their equipment sponsors can tell the difference between them. " December 20

  • Badgers' Dukan playing relaxed, confident as role expands

    Fox Sports Wisconsin "Duje Dukan is a fifth-year senior now, which means he's learned his share of tricks about how to please head coach Bo Ryan. Limit mistakes. Work hard. Play defense. Make the extra pass. Take the open shot with confidence. "As long as you show the effort, I think coach will respect that," Dukan..." December 02

  • Two Wisconsin guards decide to sit out 2014-15 season as redshirts

    College Basketball Talk "Despite losing their best three-point shooter from last year’s Final Four team in Ben Brust, the Wisconsin Badgers won’t lack for depth on the perimeter in 2014-15. Starters Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson are back in Madison, as is sophomore Bronson Koenig, and both Zak Showalter and Riley..." November 13

  • Okafor, Kaminsky headline AP preseason All-America team

    SI.com "The Associated Press released its preseason All-America team on Monday. The five players who made the team are Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, North Carolina's Marcus Paige, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and Louisville's Montrezl Harrell. Okafor, a freshman center, was the..." November 04

  • River Hill's Thomas commits to play men's basketball at Wisconsin

    Baltimore Sun "River Hill senior Charlie Thomas’ basketball dreams became a reality on Tuesday night. After a recruitment process that had picked up steam over the last four months, the 6-foot-7 forward made the announcement that he has committed to play collegiately at the University of..." October 15

  • Duke, Wisconsin, VCU headline field for 2015 2K Classic

    CBSSports.com "Duke, Wisconsin, Georgetown, and VCU will be the four headline programs in the 2015 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden. Specific dates and matchups for the event have yet to be determined." October 14

  • Forward Alex Illikainen commits to Wisconsin

    Madison.com "The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program received an oral commitment from forward Alex Illikainen on Sunday morning. The 6-foot-9 Illikainen, who took his official visit to the UW campus over the weekend, becomes the second member of the Badgers’ 2015 recruiting class. He joins..." September 22

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Battle 4 Atlantis highlights pairings

    ESPN.com "The Battle 4 Atlantis -- with a field that includes Final Four teams Wisconsin and Florida as well as traditional powers North Carolina, Georgetown and UCLA -- highlights eight college basketball tournament pairings announced by ESPN for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Other tournament pairings..." August 05

  • Josh Gasser finally near full strength 20-plus months after knee injury

    Madison.com "It’s been a long time since Josh Gasser stepped on a court and felt 100 percent, but the day when he can do so again appears to be getting closer for the fifth-year senior guard on the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. For starters, Gasser has ditched the brace he wore last season..." July 20

  • Frank Kaminsky explains why the NBA can wait

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "No one should have been surprised to learn recently that Frank Kaminsky chose to return Wisconsin for his senior season rather than take a shot at making an NBA roster next season. Kaminsky, who was a first-team all-Big Ten pick and the most outstanding player in the NCAA West Regional as a..." May 01

  • Kentucky has best odds to win the 2014-2015 Men’s Basketball National Title

    College Basketball Talk "As you might have expected, after losing just two players to the NBA Draft, Kentucky has become the favorite to win the national title at 5/1 odds. Duke (9/1) and Wisconsin (16/1) round out the top three, but the most interesting bet here seems to be Arizona, who is getting 16/1 odds. After..." April 28

  • Frank Kaminsky stays at Wisconsin

    ESPN.com "Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky had second thoughts in recent weeks and was seriously considering leaving for the NBA, but the Badgers junior ultimately decided to remain in Madison for his final season. "It was a tough decision, but I think the best thing for me is to stay another year and..." April 25

  • Arizona favored to win next year's college hoops title

    Covers.com "The nets at AT&T Stadium in Dallas are just freshly cut down by national champions Connecticut, but that doesn't mean we cant start looking ahead to futures for the winner of next year's Big Dance. The Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller, were oh so close to this year's Final Four and..." April 09

  • Wisconsin looks to build on Final Four run with returning core

    CBSSports.com "The Wisconsin locker room after Saturday night's Final Four loss to Kentucky was an emotional one, to say the least. Hugging, audible sobbing, very quiet. It was one of the most emotional locker rooms I've been in following a game. And then less than 30 minutes after leaving the locker room,..." April 06

  • Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 on Harrison's three

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Aaron Harrison is the hero again, John Calipari looks like a prophet and the University of Kentucky basketball team is playing for the NCAA championship on Monday night against Connecticut. The Wildcats won yet another wild one — their fourth thriller in a row — this time 74-73 over Wisconsin on..." April 06

  • Defense faces supreme test against Kentucky

    Wisconsin State Journal "Greg Gard was asked Friday afternoon if the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s defense has improved to the point where he’d consider labeling it a good one. The Badgers associate head coach paused for a second before nodding his head. “Yeah, I think we are,” he said. “But you’re..." April 05