Daily Buzz: Dekker’s draft stock, Aaron Rodgers on the court and Calipari on winning

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Digital Sports Daily Buzz Sunday March 29th 2015

-By Travis Duncan

Junior forward Sam Dekker scored a career high 27 points Saturday night in Wisconsin’s 85-78 win over second-seeded Arizona to earn his school’s second straight trip to the Final Four.

Dekker was also an astonishing 5-of-6 from three-point range in perhaps the biggest game of his life.

Most notable is the assessment, not only from in-game commentator Reggie Miller, but among other experts, that Dekker has serious NBA potential. ranks Dekker as the 16th best player in the 2015 draft.

Dekker is a junior so there’s no guarantee he’ll be in the NBA Draft this June 25th, but the buzz is with him. At 6-9 NBA people will love his size and his ability to shoot.

Here is a sampling of praise for Dekker today.

Wisconsin star Dekker silencing critics with each March outing

Sam Dekker named most outstanding player of the West Region

Wisconsin star Sam Dekker’s many three-pointers impressed Blake Griffin, everyone

Quote of the day: (John Calipari following his team’s win over Notre Dame Saturday night)

My mind is never on we may lose. My whole mindset all the time is how are we going to win, how do we win this game. That’s all I keep saying to myself, how do we win the game. I want them to know we’re not playing not to lose; we play to win. That means be aggressive offensively. And so I’m telling you, I was trying every combination I could just to keep us in the game.

Today’s NCAA Regional Finals:

2:20 p.m. ET CBS East Region final: Michigan State vs. Louisville

5:05  p.m. ET CBS South Region final: Gonzaga vs. Duke

Other news and notes making headlines this Sunday:

-ESPN Outside the Lines reports that according to recent research, many hockey helmets are unsafe.

-Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and CBS Sports writer Dennis Dodd engaged in a Twitter spat over on court access at the NCAA Tournament. Rodgers was at the Staples center both Thursday and Saturday night to cheer on the Badgers.

John Feinstein of the Washington Post on Travis Trice and Michigan States’s hard earned spotlight. 

-Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died Saturday night as a result of head injuries he suffered in a boating accident last month.