The scene greeting Wisconsin as it returned to its hotel room late Saturday night, hours after knocking off Kentucky and advancing to the national final, was something else.
Wisconsin hasn't played in the national final since 1941, so pardon the Badgers if they were a little bit excited following Saturday night's win over No. 1 overall seed Kentucky.
How does a team celebrate its first national title game berth in nearly three quarters of a century and halting a possible historic undefeated season? By dancing. And dancing some more.
What a night. Wisconsin got revenge, halted Kentucky’s potential historic undefeated season, and now is just 40 minutes away from its first NCAA title since 1941. [ MORE: Twitter: Badgers react to win | Video: Fans greet Badgers at hotel ] The Badgers, who lost to the Wildcats in last year’s Final Four, handed No. 1 overall seed its first loss of the season in a 71-64 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction to Wisconsin’s win below. The star: Frank Kaminsky continued to be the “man.” It
(AP) Nobody ever said they were perfect. Now, the Kentucky Wildcats aren’t undefeated, either. The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could this season – knocking off the Wildcats 71-64 on Saturday night behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Frank Kaminsky and a clutch comeback down the stretch. Now, instead of Kentucky going for history, it’s Wisconsin heading to the final to play Duke, an 81-61 winner over Michigan State in the earlier – and much less entertaining – semifinal. “It gives us another 40 minutes, I know that,” said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who leads the Badgers
INDIANAPOLIS — Early on, it seemed, Michigan State couldn’t miss. And, as he’s done so many times this season, junior captain Denzel Valentine was leading the way. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Michigan State-Duke reaction ] The Spartans started 5-of-7 from the field, including three Valentine triples, to jump out to a 14-6 lead in the opening 3:41 of Saturday night’s Final Four matchup vs. the No. 1-seeded Duke Blue Devils. But then, in an instant, everything changed. Duke came roaring back behind a suffocating defense and Jahlil Okafor, arguably the most offensively-skilled freshman big man college basketball has seen
In Saturday’s second Final Four semifinal, Wisconsin handed Kentucky the Wildcats’ first loss of the year. Check out the best photos from the game. Also, check out these previous photos galleries.
For the second time this season, Duke got the best of Michigan State, this time claiming an 81-61 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s rapid reaction below. The star: For Duke, it was freshman forward Justise Winslow, who hit 5-of-7 shots (9-of-11 free throws) for 19 points. He also had nine boards. Denzel Valentine was the star for Michigan State, leading all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also had a game 11 rebounds. But he didn’t
Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to lead top-seeded Duke to an 81-61 victory over Michigan State on Saturday and into the national championship game.
Michigan State’s jerseys all featured this year’s Final Four logo, above the Nike swoosh, at the start of Saturday night’s national semifinal vs. Duke. [ MORE: Gallery: See our favorite Michigan State-Duke photos ] Throughout the course of the game, however, the patch came off several players’ jerseys, including stars Branden Dawson, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine’s. Duke’s jerseys did not have the same problem. Below, take a look at Dawson and Trice with the Final Four patch and without, courtesy of USA Today Sports.