MADISON, WI (WSAU) The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will host Virginia tonight in the Big Ten-A-C-C Challenge. Both teams are 4-and-2. The Badgers are coming off a seven-point win over Arkansas at the Las Vegas Invitational, in which they overcame an 11-point deficit at halftime. The Badgers are 6-and-7 in their annual challenge against A-C-C teams, but they’re 4-and-1 in Madison.
The game also marks the return of former Badgers’ assistant Tony Bennett, who’s now the head coach at Virginia.
Meanwhile, Sam Dekker – the state’s fourth all-time high school scorer – continues to adjust to the college game. He had a season-high 19 points off the bench against Arkansas, and he’s third among Big Ten freshman with 11-and-a-half points a game. Dekker is also third on the Badgers in scoring. But he says he should be playing better defense by now. Dekker says he’s had trouble adjusting to the Badgers’ help-side defense, and getting players around curls. But he’s getting more comfortable with the system each day. Some fans wonder why Dekker’s not starting – but he accepts his role, and he says he’s embracing the opportunity to play for Wisconsin.
Also tonight, the Badger women play at Virginia Tech in their Big Ten-A-C-C Challenge. And the Marquette women are at South Dakota State.