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How do Badgers beat UK? Let's count the ways

Nigel Hayes

Bo Ryan Final Four Preview Interview

It’s almost time to tip off at the Final Four, as No. 2 Wisconsin is carrying the Big Ten flag in pursuit of the conference’s first national championship since 2000. Here’s a look at seven keys for the Badgers if they want to beat this white-hot Kentucky team that entered the Big Dance as a No. 8 seed but is playing like a No. 1 seed after starting the season as the preseason No. 1 team. Watch for these things during the game and see how they impact the outcome.

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Zach Bohannon takes selfie with every Final Four coach

Wisconsin reserve Zach Bohannon is taking advantage of his first trip to the Final Four. The senior spent Thursday walking around AT&T Stadium taking selfies of himself with each Final Four coach and other familiar faces. See Bohannon’s picture of him with Florida’s Billy Donovan UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Kentucky’s John Calipari and, of course, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan in this post.

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Geeks: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky preview

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As the lone Big Ten team still standing, Wisconsin has finally broken through for its first Final Four under Bo Ryan. Can the Badgers keep it going? We’ll find out Saturday night as Wisconsin will take on Kentucky in a national semifinal.

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On this day: Michigan won 1989 NCAA crown

Steve Fisher

Big Ten Elite: 1989 Michigan Basketball

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan’s 1989 NCAA men’s basketball title. It was on April 3, 1989, that Rumeal Robinson hit those two memorable free throws to help Michigan outlast Seton Hall, 80-79, in overtime of the NCAA final. It was an amazing run for the Wolverines, who claimed their first crown despite having “Michigan Man” Steve Fisher take over as head coach days before the tourney following Bill Freider’s decision to accept the Arizona State post.

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Dienhart: How Wisconsin made it to Final Four

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Bo Ryan Final Four Preview Interview

When the season dawned, Michigan State was the consensus pick to win the Big Ten. And for good reason, with talents like Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, among others.

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Photo: Final Four-bound Badgers make SI cover

Headed to its first Final Four since 2000, the Wisconsin Badgers grace this week’s Sports Illustrated. Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky are featured on one of the magazine’s four regional covers leading up to the Final Four. Wisconsin’s cover is a terrific reaction shot of the team’s celebration after topping No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Region final. See the cover in this post.

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Badgers to get hometown TV crew for semifinal

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Bo Ryan - Final Four Press Conference

For the first time in the history of the NCAA tournament, fans will have a choice when it comes to the broadcasting crew for the Final Four. CBS Sports and TBS are conducting an television experiment for Saturday night’s semifinal games, one in which fans can choose between the national crew (Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr), on TBS, and a hometown crew, on TNT and truTV.

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Dienhart: Ranking B1G Final Four teams since 2000

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Big Ten Elite: 2005 Illinois Basketball

Since Michigan State cut down the nets as a No. 1 seed in the now demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 2000 to win the national championship over No. 6 seed Florida, nine Big Ten teams have been to the Final Four—but none have won it all even though five have played for all the marbles.

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#BTNLive poll: Who will win NCAA hoops title?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which school will win the NCAA Men’s Basketball title?

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Photo: Big Ten fans will like results of ESPN poll

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Wisconsin Badgers - Final Four Press Conference

ESPN asked this simple poll question today: Which team are you rooting for to win the men’s college basketball national title? The results were interesting and pretty humorous. The interesting: Wisconsin led the way, with 37 percent of the votes, at the time of the picture below. The humorous: Only one state was rooting for Kentucky. See the poll results in this post.

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Dienhart: Frank Kaminsky, in his prep coach's words

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Frank Kaminsky Speech - Wisconsin Final Four Celebration

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It has been fun for fans to watch Frank Kaminsky emerge this year and during Wisconsin’s run to the Final Four. But there’s one guy who isn’t shocked by all of this: Gene Heidkamp, Kaminsky’s high school coach at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill.

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Video: Our top 15 Wisconsin basketball clips

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Wisconsin Final Four Celebration Entrance

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With Wisconsin off to its first Final Four since 2000, we decided to compile a list of our most-watched 2013-14 Wisconsin videos. From Frank Kaminsky’s program-record 43 points vs. North Dakota to Traevon Jackson’s game-winner vs. Michigan State and from Bo Ryan’s reaction to 700 wins to Nigel Hayes’ “Chocolate Thunder” interview, we have the top 15 videos, in chronological order, in this post.

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Behind-the-scenes look at Badgers' Final Four run

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional-Arizona vs Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky Speech - Wisconsin Final Four Celebration

Wisconsin is headed to its first Final Four since 2000. And knowing this team, the national media should be thrilled. The Badgers are a team filled with engaging personalities and excellent soundbites. For example, this guy. Only a freshman, Nigel Hayes is someone fans and media already love and appreciate. But, again, this is a team full of characters, and here’s a look at some of the fun they’ve had on their way to the Final Four.

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#BTNLive asks: What tourney outcome surprised you most?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament result surprised you the most this weekend?

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Jordan Morgan passes out 'Thank Yous' on Twitter

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Jordan Morgan Game Winner

There are few classier acts than Michigan big man Jordan Morgan, who saw his career end with the heart-breaking loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight in Indianapolis on Sunday. Morgan was a glue-guy whose production in the pivot was a boon for a team that had to play almost the entire season without Mitch McGary. Morgan took to Twitter (@JustJMo) after the loss yesterday to give thanks.

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Final Four bound: Wisconsin welcomes home Badgers

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin Final Four Celebration Entrance

Wisconsin welcomed home its Final Four-bound Badgers on Sunday afternoon. The Badgers, who advanced to their first Final Four since 2000 with Saturday night’s thrilling overtime victory over Arizona, were introduced to the crowd and thanked the fans during a short ceremony at the Kohl Center. Watch the introduction of the West Region champs here and hear from Bo Ryan and West Region Most Outstanding Player Frank Kaminsky in this post.

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Kentucky denies Michigan second straight Final Four

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(AP) Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four. Harrison, one of five freshmen on eighth-seeded Kentucky’s starting lineup, elevated over Caris LeVert, and drained it. He scored all 12 of his points over the last 8:05.

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UConn upsets Michigan State, 60-54, in Elite Eight

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(AP) Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament. Napier hit three huge free throws with 37.6 seconds left in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden to carry UConn to the Final Four just as Kemba Walker did in Napier’s freshman year.

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Photo: Bo Ryan delights with classic picture

There’s a picture of Bo Ryan that is all over social media Sunday, and for good reason. On the plane headed home to Madison following Saturday night’s exciting Final Four-clinching overtime win over Arizona, Ryan flashes the team’s recently adopted hand symbol at the camera. If it looks familiar, it should. So classic. See the picture of Ryan in this post.

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Twitter: Are Michigan, MSU fans rooting for rival?

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Spartans Talk Sweet 16 Win

It’s no secret Michigan and Michigan State are fierce rivals. Sometimes, however, conference pride and a chance to make rare history can supersede a rivalry. Consider this: If Michigan and Michigan State both win today, the Big Ten will be the first conference to put three teams in the Final Four since the Big East did it in 1985.

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