Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball: Three Wisconsin Badgers To Watch

Nov 21, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) returns to the bench with teammates Nigel Hayes (left) and Traevon Jackson during the game with the Bowling Green Falcons at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Bowling Green 88-64. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

1) Sam Dekker, So., F: In his second season of college basketball, Dekker is leading the Badgers in both points per game (14.1 ppg) and rebounds per game (6.3 rpg). He’s also shooting the ball much better this season compared to his freshman season with a field goal percentage of .503. However, Dekker is not coming off of his best performance of the season. In Wisconsin’s narrow victory over #22 Iowa, he only scored eight points and was in foul trouble with three personal fouls. Good defensive teams can also give Dekker problems. He turned the ball over a season-high four times when the Badgers played #11 Florida back in November.

2) Frank Kaminsky, Jr., F: Another offensive power for the Badgers this season has been Frank Kaminsky. Right behind Dekker, the junior forward is second on the team in both points per game (13.5 ppg) and rebounds per game (5.9 rpg). Kaminsky seems to be having his best offensive season as he is shooting 54.7% from the field and 46.3% from beyond the arc. He also has been the defensive force for Wisconsin around the basket. Against #22 Iowa, Kaminsky hit all three of his three-point shots and also blocked four Hawkeye shots.

3) Ben Burst, Sr., G: There’s no question that the senior leader for Wisconsin tonight will be guard Ben Burst. Burst might be the third best scorer on the team (12.8 ppg), but he is also the best free throw shooter as well. Out of his 32 free throws this season, the senior guard has only missed two (93.8%). In the Badgers’ latest victory over the Hawkeyes, Burst went 6-of-6 from the foul line which is a season-high for him. If this senior can get to the foul line, the Illini can expect him to cash in for Wisconsin.

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