Wisconsin Badgers news, 7/3: UW's title odds, NCAA scholarship changes, Sam Dekker, more

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Among many topics, Thursday's Badger Bits covers Wisconsin's national championship odds for the upcoming season.

Football

UW has never won a national championship in its program history. When will that drought end? Athlon Sports looks at the team's chances heading into the 2014-15 season.

As it has been throughout a good portion of the offseason, the Badgers' matchup against LSU ranks among the top non-conference games for the SEC.

Scott Tolzien and Chris Borland, among other alumni, are in favor of adding a little bit more to scholarships for the student-athletes. I'm going to be tight-lipped about this, but it's kinda bogus.

Big Ten Network has Wisconsin's big uglies second in the conference among offensive lines, trailing Iowa. A unit that might be surprise some people this year is the cornerbacks, and Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple explores how talented they really are.

Basketball

As I mentioned in Monday's Badger Bits, Sam Dekker had an impressive outing at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy. UWBadgers.com's Mike Lucas catches up with the swingman about the experience. Plus, Lucas also chats with former baller Brian Butch, whose love for the game keeps him churning after moving from team to team over the years.

After getting feedback from the NBA Draft advisory board, Frank Kaminsky decided to stay in Madison for his senior season. Rhe big fella has no ragrets (We're the Millers, anyone?) about his decision.

Hold the pitchforks, folks: J.A. Happ, who pitched a no-decision against the Brewers yesterday with four strikeouts, is the cousin of UW newcomer Ethan Happ.

Bo Ryan's squad will face Buffalo next season in December for the non-conference finale.

Hockey

Former skater Ben Street signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche after playing with the Calgary Flames last year.

Recruiting

Andrew details who the Badgers are still chasing in our latest recruiting notebook.

Quick hitters

The Badgers' cross country program has announced its schedule for next year.

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