Saturday, March 28, 2015
Wisconsin Badgers To The NCAA Final 4
I haven't said much about my alma mater, the U.W. Wisconsin Badgers and their run to the Final 4 of the NCAA Men's basketball tournament.
But tonight, the Badgers beat Arizona and now they are on their way to Indianapolis and the Final 4.
From ESPN: Just call him Sam Dagger.
Sam Dekker hit five of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history.
The Wildcats twice got within five points in the last 2½ minutes, but both times Dekker connected on arcing 3-pointers, narrowly beating the shot clock on the first one.
10"Sam Dekker pretty much just crushed our dreams with that shot," Arizona guard T.J. McConnell said.
Dekker confirmed the Badgers are more than just "Frank the Tank." The junior followed up his career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds in a semifinal win over North Carolina with timely shooting that bailed out the Badgers.
"Incredible game," tweeted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from his seat behind the Badgers' bench, calling Dekker "cold-blooded."
Wisconsin (35-3) denied the Wildcats (34-4) a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim, California, a year ago when their seeds were reversed.
"That loss left a sour taste in our mouth, so we wanted to get back," Dekker said of last season's one-point loss to Kentucky in the national semifinals. "As a team, we set some goals of what we wanted to do, and now, we're two games away from our last goal."
The Badgers and 67-year-old coach Bo Ryan head to Indianapolis next week and get another shot at undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky. After Kentucky narrowly defeated Notre Dame to advance to the Final Four, the Wildcats opened as a 6.5-point favorite in their national semifinal rematch with the Badgers, according to the Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook.
"I'm so proud of these guys to be able to say that they've answered the bell in the second half in almost every game we've played here in the last seven to 10 games," Ryan said. "They're a tough bunch, and I hope they don't change." http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=400787578