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Sam Dekker Gets Tough Love From Bo Ryan

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Madison (WQOW) -- The Badgers could use another big game from sophomore Sam Dekker when Wisconsin goes to Iowa, Saturday.

Dekker is still growing into a leadership role with the team.  Badgers head coach Bo Ryan hasn't been shy about pointing out Dekker's mistakes.

Dekker says he understands why Ryan gives him plenty of tough love.

"You know, I think he sees me as a guy who can be a big help for this team, be a catalyst and a leader," says Dekker, "so, I think that's why he kind of expects more out of me. I know that as a player. I'm not dumb. I can see the way he's going at it and it's kind of the way my dad coached me a little bit. Sometimes he can take stuff out on me to get the point across to the other guys too. I understand that. I'm not going to get mad. It's not going to change the way I play. He knows what he can get out of me. I know his coaching style. No problem to me."

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