If you missed the Elite Eight showdown between the Wisconsin Badgers and Arizona Wildcats, I feel really sorry for you. Arguably one of the best games in the entire tournament, the Badgers squeaked out a 64-63 overtime thriller over the Wildcats to earn a spot in next weekend’s Final Four held at AT&T Stadium in North Texas.
And it was mostly due to the play of Wisconsin’s big man Frank Kaminsky.
Improving at every stage during the season, Kaminsky had arguably his best perfomance of the NCAA Tournament. The junior carried this Badgers team on his back and made plays when his teammates needed him the most.
Matched up with Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski at the beginning of the game, Kaminsky was able to score at will. What did Arizona head coach Sean Miller do to counteract that? Well, out with Tarczewski and in with freshman star Aaron Gordon. At first it seemed like second verse, same as the first. But Gordon stuck with Kaminsky and provided problems for the big man in the second half on both ends of the floor.
But when Wisconsin needed a key bucket to answer Arizona, they turned to the reliable Frank Kaminsky. Like with 4:34 left in the game and the Badgers down by one, Kaminsky hit a huge three pointer to put Wisconsin up by two at that point. And in overtime, who did the Badgers lean on to pull this game out? It was Frank the Tank, who scored six of Wisconsin’s 10 points in the extra frame.
At the end of the day, when it was all said and done, Kaminsky finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds as he earned the honor of West Region’s Most Outstanding Player.
Next stop Texas and the Final Four, where they will play either a very hot Kentucky Wildcats team or Big Ten rival Michigan Wolverines.