Credit Aaron Rodgers with an assist in Wisconsin’s 79-72 win over North Carolina in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
The star of the game was Badgers junior forward Sam Dekker, who posted a career-high 23 points and added 10 rebounds in the victory. He also helped solidify the win by making a beautiful layup on a sweet low post move with just over a minute to play.
After the game, Dekker was interviewed by TBS’ Rachel Nichols and said that he was partially inspired by the Green Bay Packers quarterback, who is a fan of the Badgers’ basketball team.
“He was talking to me this morning, saying he wants a good show (against UNC),” Dekker said of Rodgers. “He’s been so supportive all year. He’s really behind our backs and reaching out to me if I’m playing well or not playing well and just staying behind me as a good friend. When you have the MVP of the NFL doing that for you, it’s pretty cool.”
Much like he did with the Milwaukee Brewers and Ryan Braun, Rodgers has adopted the in-state Badgers as his college basketball team. Having his support certainly can’t hurt and, in this case, seems to help.
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