Sam Dekker, UW men's basketball vs. Duke

Duke Blue Devils forward Justise Winslow (12) and Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) fight for a rebound in the second half of a game at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. M.P. KING -- State Journal

Junior forward Sam Dekker will be a gametime decision Saturday when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team plays Marquette at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Dekker, who is third on the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game, has been bothered by a nagging ankle injury he sustained in late October. He sat out practice Thursday and Friday after finishing with five points and four rebounds in 24 minutes of play during the No. 2 Badgers’ 80-70 home loss to Duke on Wednesday night.

The athletic training staff has been limiting Dekker’s practice time, but his ankle doesn’t seem to be improving and it might take some extended rest time to get him fully healthy. UW coach Bo Ryan said Friday after practice that Dekker was scheduled to be with the team physician for further evaluation.

After the Marquette game, UW travels to UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday and hosts Nicholls State on Dec. 13. The Badgers don’t play again until a game at California on Dec. 22 and close non-conference play by hosting Buffalo on Dec. 28.

UW begins Big Ten Conference play against Penn State on Dec. 31 at the Kohl Center.

Dekker had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Badgers’ 70-64 victory over visiting Marquette last season.

If he can’t play against Marquette, he likely would be replaced by senior forward Duje Dukan in the starting lineup. Dukan, who is averaging 7.8 points off the bench, has yet to start a game with the Badgers.

Dekker has appeared in 81 consecutive games since arriving at UW. He has started 46 consecutive games.

Tipoff between the Badgers (7-1) and Golden Eagles (4-3) is set for 11:30 a.m. The game will be televised by CBS.

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