Wisconsin Basketball: Sam Dekker Scores 1,000th Point as a Badger


With a one-handed, tip-slam put-back dunk in the first half of Wednesday night’s Big Ten contest against Purdue, Sam Dekker became the 17th Wisconsin Badgers basketball player to break the 1,000 point career mark.

Dekker finished the night with just six points, but it was his fourth and fifth points of the night that pushed him over the 1,000 point mark.

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The Badgers rode Frank Kaminksy‘s 21 points to a hard-fought 62-55 victory over Purdue, moving to 15-1 on the season. The Badgers remain undefeated in conference play, and at 3-0 sit alone atop the Big Ten.

Dekker is averaging 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season, and looks to be bouncing back from an ankle injury earlier this year.

The victory over the Boilermakers was also a milestone for head coach Bo Ryan, who broke a longstanding record to become Wisconsin’s winning-est coach in Big Ten play.

The conference victory was Ryan’s 159th career Big Ten win, breaking a record set in 1934 by longtime Wisconsin coach Walter “Doc” Meanwell.

Ryan now has the 8th most Big Ten Conference wins of any coach in college basketball history.

Two Badgers closing in on 1,000 points

Frank Kaminsky’s 21-point performance almost put him over 1,000 points as well. He will head into Sunday’s game at Rutgers with 996 career points.

Barring anything unforeseen, Kaminsky, who averages 16.6 points per game, will break the barrier Saturday.

Kaminsky likely won’t be the last Badger to score his 1,000th point this season. Josh Gasser currently sits at 933 career points, and is on pace to hit 1,000 before the end of the season.

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