Sir Charles Was Right
Charles Barkley went to his chalkboard at halftime and wrote down three names.
It read something like Kaminsky, Kaminsky, Kaminsky. The other players would fall in line somewhere down the road, but Barkley knew the key to victory was getting the ball down low to Frank Kaminsky. Either Frank the Tank would get the layup or dish it out to the perimeter.
Kaminsky finished with 28 points, on 11 of 20 shooting, and 11 rebounds. The 7-foot junior was named the Most Outstanding Player in the West regional and averaged 18.5 points as the Badgers improved to 30-7.
Wildcats Finish Wild
Just like Nick Johnson did late against San Diego State, Aaron Gordon did against the Badgers. Johnson scored the last 15 of 16 points for Arizona on Thursday, and Gibson tried to achieve the same feat on Saturday. The freshman scored seven of the last 11 points for the No. 1 seed and finished with eight points and 18 rebounds.
Bench, What Bench?
Combined with the Baylor game in the Sweet 16, the Wisconsin starting lineup has proved to be a force to be reckoned with. The benches of Baylor and Arizona outscored Wisconsin 35-16, with each opposing team having a double-digit shooter. Even when Josh Gasser and Ben Brust are off their 3-point game, the first five manage to find a way to get things done.
Play of the Day
Traevon Jackson missed a layup with just over a minute remaining in the game, but the savior of the season, Kaminsky came in with an offensive rebound, one of 13 for the team, for the tip in that sent Badger fans crazy, and the team up three. Arizona’s Jordin Mayes tried to make noise at the end, and teammate Rondae Hollis-Johnson did his best to take away the momentum with an unplanned alley-oop to end the second half, but tonight belongs to Bucky.