MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin's frontcourt players are turning into stars with stirring performances in the NCAA Tournament.
Last year it was Frank Kaminsky; this year, it's Sam Dekker.
The junior had 27 points in the Badgers' 85-78 victory over Arizona on Saturday to advance to a second straight Final Four. They will play unbeaten Kentucky on Saturday in Indianapolis.
A year ago, it was Kaminsky who had a starring role in a regional final victory, also against Arizona. In both cases, each player was already a known commodity in Big Ten circles before clutch games come tournament time.
Dekker is a 6-foot-9 bundle of energy. Like Kaminsky, he can score in the lane or from the perimeter.
Dekker says a key difference over the last few games is that he is using athleticism more wisely.
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