Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers-NCAA Tornament - 4/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (35-3) at Kentucky Wildcats (38-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -6 -- Over/Under: 130 See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats take on the dangerous Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four Saturday.
The Wisconsin Badgers get their crack at taking down Kentucky as they rained down the threes during a 55 point second half in an 85-78 victory versus Arizona to advance to the Final Four. Both teams combined for 100 points over the final 20 minutes with both teams sinking shots at nearly 56%. The Wildcats did much of their damage at the stripe with a near perfect 28-30 performance while the Badgers connected on 12-18 from beyond the arc where Zona was just 2-6. In the end the one, two punch of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker were unstoppable with 29 and 27 points and a combined eleven boards. Josh Gasser followed with ten points and Nigel Hayes with eight.
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The Kentucky Wildcats remained perfect on the year after a thrilling 68-66 victory over Notre Dame that wasn’t decided until a three at the buzzer was off the mark for the Irish. The Fighting Irish stayed close on over 46% marksmanship and nine more looks at the basket to neutralize the Wildcats 53% accuracy. The Wildcats size was a factor throughout with a 9-1 advantage in blocked shots while the UK perimeter defense limited Notre Dame to 4-14 from long range. Karl-Anthony Towns was a terror in the paint with a contest high 25 points and five yanks on 10-13 from the floor followed by a ten point effort from Devin Booker who was 4-6 from the field. Trey Lyles was next in line with nine points with Andrew Harrison scoring seven points including a pair of free throws with six ticks remaining that provided the final margin.
The storyline for Kentucky remains the same with the obvious question being whether they remain undefeated. The game itself also will bring up the same questions as in the size of Kentucky and whether Wisconsin can neutralize that and somehow pull off the upset. The Badgers will need Dekker to continue his hot three point shooting and for Kaminsky to do some damage in the paint. I’ll take the points for now but I’m wary…