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Badgers men's basketball: Marshall Henderson's talk cheap to Badgers

2013-03-20T04:45:00Z Badgers men's basketball: Marshall Henderson's talk cheap to BadgersJIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal | jpolzin@madison.com | 608-252-6473 madison.com

At some point during Friday's NCAA tournament opener between the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team and Mississippi, Rebels junior guard Marshall Henderson will likely try to engage the Badgers in trash talk.

Don't count on UW junior guard Ben Brust getting drawn into an on-court debate with Henderson at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

"I don't even know how to trash talk," Brust said Tuesday. "I think I've learned throughout my years, in one ear and out the other and just let my play do the talking."

Henderson described himself to USA Today as a "manipulator" who likes "messing with people's minds." Targets include opposing players and fans.

It's up to the Badgers to block out Henderson's noise.

"That's just the type of player he is. It works for him," UW freshman forward Sam Dekker said. "Some people might not like it. That's the type of person he is, that's the type of player he is. And you've got to respect him as a player."

Henderson has been known to celebrate big shots by doing the "land shark" salute. During the SEC title game on Sunday, he celebrated a basket by taunting Florida fans with the "Gator chomp" as he ran down the floor.

It's difficult to imagine those antics flying on UW coach Bo Ryan's watch.

"If it was slowing us down from getting back on (defense), there'd be problems," UW senior forward Jared Berggren said. "We keep it pretty simple, and I think that's the way Coach likes it."

Dekker and sophomore Frank Kaminsky have pushed the envelope with a hand gesture that includes holding up three fingers after a 3-pointer.

"I hit a 3 (against Iowa) and I kind of just stood there and did something, and Coach was like, 'There's Sam, standing in the corner, relishing his shots,' " Dekker said. "And I think he said something to Frank, too. … He's like, 'Everyone knows how much it counts, Frank.'

"So if we did stuff like (Henderson) does, like some of the guys do, I don't think Coach would like that too much."

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