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CHICAGO Sam Dekker stood on the sideline with his teammates on Saturday, ready to plop himself in a cushioned seat after Wisconsin inbounded the ball to begin the second half. Just before the half started, Badgers coach Bo Ryan turned to Dekker with a few quick words of encouragement.
"He said, 'Hey, be ready. Your time is going to come.'" Dekker said.
Boy, did it ever.
Dekker, Wisconsin's sixth man, played a pivotal role in helping No. 22 Wisconsin knock off No. 3 Indiana, 68-56, during a Big Ten tournament semifinal at the United Center. He scored seven consecutive points to break a 43-all tie and lift the Badgers to a lead they never again surrendered.
The surge provided a much needed confidence boost for Dekker, who had struggled offensively the past 3 12 games. It marked one of the few times all season in which the Badgers' freshman sensation hadn't found the bottom of the net.
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After No.3 Indiana made its run to tie the game with 12:51 to go, No.22 Wisconsin needed a spark to make its first tournament final since 2008. They got that off the bench, as freshman Sam Dekker's personal 7-0 run was the spark the Badgers needed Saturday.