(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
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.
Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown has performed the National Anthem before, but never on a stage quite like this. [ MORE: Get all of our NCAA tournament coverage ] The reserve sophomore forward represented Wisconsin in the singing of the National Anthem prior to Saturday night’s first national semifinal game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State also had a representative singing, but Brown was the lone player among the group. Per usual, Brown, nicknamed “Velvet,” nailed it.
For the first time since 1941, Wisconsin will play for the national title. The Badgers ended No. 1 overall seed Kentucky’s pursuit of perfection in a thrilling 71-64 victory in the national semifinals Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. In the other national semi, Duke ran away from Michigan State, 81-61. Wisconsin, which lost to Kentucky in last year’s national semis, will take on Duke at 9:18 p.m. ET Monday. Use the links below to track tonight’s action: DUKE 81, MICHIGAN STATE 61: BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Justise Winslow scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor added 18 to
There's Wisconsin's senior quartet led by Frank Kaminsky. There's Michigan State's Travis Trice-Branden Dawson duo. No question, the Big Ten's Final Four teams are led by their four-year players.
National championships, multiple Final Four appearances, impressive won-loss records year after year. Whatever your criteria for deciding the best of the coaches, this year's Final Four group has it.
Grit. Hustle. Ingenuity. Passion. Those are the qualities you find in the heart of a true champion. The Badgers and Spartans have displayed those characteristics on their journey to the 2015 Final Four — the second-straight year they’ve made deep runs in the NCAA tournament. But those traits are hardly limited to those respective basketball teams. They’re regularly seen among the student body, faculty and staff, and alumni of both Wisconsin and Michigan State. When you’re not watching the games today, take a few minutes to read recent examples from BTN LiveBIG of how people from those universities apply talent,
You've seen Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky wearing a GoPro action camera on the court after games and elsewhere. Both CBS and ESPN have asked about getting the footage. Who knows everything that is on the infamous GoPro camera? Only the National Player of the Year - for now.
Next in the way of Kentucky's perfect season: Frank the Tank and his fun-loving band of Wisconsin teammates.
On Friday, Frank Kaminsky, the 7-footer who anchored Wisconsin’s run to a second straight Final Four, was the runaway choice as The Associated Press’ player of the year. Kaminsky and his team also practiced at Lucas Oil Stadium, and we’ve posted some of the best photos from USA Today. This season, Kaminsky averaged 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range as the Badgers ran up a 35-3 record and won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Read more here. Want more galleries? We got ’em.