Badgers Triumph Over Kentucky In Final Four Showdown, 71-64

Teams Faced Off In Final Four Game In Indianapolis Saturday Night


The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team overcame the undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday night, earning a spot in the championship of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Badgers scored 8 straight points late to take a 4-point lead with 1:06 left, and Kentucky couldn’t overcome the deficit this time.

The Badgers’ Frank Kaminsky finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers. He and Bronson Koenig went 7 for 8 from the line over the last 24 seconds to seal the win.

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It was a seesaw battle for most of the Final Four game in Indianapolis with both teams taking the lead. In the game’s final minutes, the Badgers took a small lead and were able to hold off the Wildcats.

Kentucky goes home, two wins short of closing out the first perfect season since 1975-76, when the Indiana Hoosiers did it.

The Wildcats trailed by 3 points with 24 seconds left but Karl-Anthony Towns got fouled and only made one free throw and from there, Wisconsin iced it from the line.

The Badgers’ record so far is 36-3. The Wildcats finish the season with a 38-1.

The Badgers, in their first final since 1941, will now meet Duke University in the tournament championship on Monday. Duke defeated the Michigan State University Spartans earlier on Saturday.

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