Sam Dekker's crazy three looked like his title-winning shot in high school

Sam Dekker's dagger 3-pointer near the end of Wisconsin's 85-78 win over Arizona on Saturday came from the rafters and brought plenty of rain as it sunk through the hoop.

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It also caused a case of deja vu for fans of Dekker's basketball career because it looked an awful lot like the one he hit to win a state title for Sheboygan Lutheran (Wis.) HS in 2012.

To compare, here's the shot that helped seal Wisconsin's second straight trip to the Final Four:

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And here's the high school shot, which came with his team down two points and the clock running out. You'll notice it happened on the University of Wisconsin floor where Dekker would soon star:


The similarities between the two shots were mentioned even before the Badgers cut down the nets at Staples Center. Dekker told the media in Los Angeles that he thought he had to get Saturday's shot "up a little higher" — and the clips would seem to reflect that belief — but that he "kinda" noticed the resemblance when coach Bo Ryan mentioned it.

How do the feelings compare of hitting both shots?

"They're both pretty sweet, obviously," Dekker said after a 27-point performance that included going 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in the second half. "Winning state is something that's always really cool, especially in your senior year with your father as coach.

"But they're 1A and 1B, you can flip-flop them. Going back-to-back Final Four with these guys and Coach Ryan, it's something you can't replace and you wouldn't give up for anything. It's the stuff you dream about."

Dekker and Wisconsin will face Kentucky in the Final Four for the second straight season and, as our own Jeff Eisenberg wrote, the Badgers might have the best chance to upset the Wildcats' undefeated season. Dekker's length and ability to score from just about anywhere — or over anyone — is a big part of the reason why.

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