Wisconsin and Kentucky are closing in on the 2015 Final Four game, a rematch of the contest form a year ago. We again sat down with Wildcat Blue Nation to get the skinny on the Wildcats and offer a Final Four preview heading into the big game.
Thanks again to Shelby Caudill of Wildcat Blue Nation for taking some time to answer our questions. Make sure to check out our first round of questions, and keep an eye on Wildcat Blue Nation for more about the Wildcats.
Now, onto our questions with Wildcat Blue Nation:
BoH: Sam Dekker is one of the hottest players in the country right now. How do you see Kentucky guarding him Saturday night?
WBN: With the length that the Wildcats have, it’s hard to shoot over them. I have a feeling that instead of having Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Tyler Ulis all on the court together, we’ll see more of a three big man combo with Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein, like our usual lineup. Foul trouble may have to trigger a three guard lineup for a while, but with Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee coming off the bench, our height and defensive abilities will likely be how we guard Dekker. If Cauley-Stein plays up to his full capability, that’s who I would imagine would be on him, if not, Towns likely will. It’ll likely be a similar guarding situation we saw against Jerian Grant from Notre Dame.
BoH: Likewise, Frank Kaminsky is having himself quite the NCAA tournament. What’s the plan to keep Kaminsky from another big game?
WBN: Plain and simple, I see Karl-Anthony Towns and Kaminsky on one another. Kaminsky has the ability to play hard without fouling, while Towns is known to pick up quick fouls. Keeping Kaminsky away from the basket and off the glass will be a big game plan. Honestly, I see both Kaminsky and Towns having decent games against one another, especially with the lack of depth Wisconsin has, Kaminsky can’t get into big foul trouble, while Kentucky can give and take because of the big men on the bench.
BoH: What’s one thing this Kentucky group does well that you think will give Wisconsin trouble?
WBN: Defense. Plain and simple. As one of the top defenses in the country and similar length to the Badgers, the Badgers are going to have to have a strong offensive day, which is normal for them, in order for this game to stay within their reach, but could be hindered due to the defense behind the Wildcats.
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BoH: Wisconsin and Kentucky boast two of the best scoring defenses in the country. Do you see this game as a defensive battle, or are we looking at a high scoring affair?
WBN: This is a toss up. It could go either way. However, in my opinion, I see this game being a defensive battle. The score will likely be in the 50’s-60’s. But, I could be wrong. These are two of the strongest teams in the country playing for a spot in the National Championship, it could also be a high scoring affair mainly due to wanting to stay out of foul trouble.
BoH: Care to offer a prediction?
WBN: I think it’ll be a hard fought game, but the deep bench will wear down the Badgers. Wildcats on top 68-59.