Final OT

(2) Wisconsin 64

(30-7, 12-6 Big Ten)

(1) Arizona 63

(33-5, 15-3 Pac-12)

    Coverage: TBS

    8:49 PM ET, March 29, 2014

    Honda Center, Anaheim, California

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    #2WIS 25 29 1064
    #1ARIZ 28 26 963

    Top Performers

    Wisconsin: F. Kaminsky 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast

    Arizona: A. Gordon 8 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Wisconsin beats No. 1 seed Arizona in OT thriller to reach Final Four

    Associated Press

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Every big shot Wisconsin needed, Frank Kaminsky hit.

    The 7-footer carried Wisconsin to the Final Four with 28 points, including six in overtime, as the Badgers defeated Arizona 64-63 in a physical West Region final Saturday night.

    Kaminsky had 11 rebounds and scored from inside and outside, including three 3-pointers, for the No. 2 seed Badgers (30-7). It's Wisconsin's first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 66-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.

    "We want a national championship now," Kaminsky said. "We have made it to the opportunity to get there, so why not go get it?"

    Ryan had a long tradition of attending the Final Four as a spectator with his father, who died in August.

    "Today would have been my dad's 90th birthday," he said. "I just thought I'd throw that in."

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined the locker room celebration, telling the Badgers he'd been following them all season.

    Kaminsky proved the only reliable scorer on a night when the rest of the Badgers disappeared offensively. Sam Dekker was 2-for-5, Ben Brust went 2-for-7, Traevon Jackson was 4-of-14 and Nigel Hayes was 2-of-8.

    "Their big guy really had a great game," Arizona's Nick Johnson said. "He raised his level."

    Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but he missed a shot that launched just after the buzzer for Arizona (33-5), the top-seeded team that has yet to win a West Region final in Anaheim in four tries. Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points, and Aaron Gordon had 18 rebounds in the relentlessly physical game.

    It was the record-tying seventh OT game of this year's tournament.

    Johnson stood with his hands on his hips, staring straight ahead, while Kaminsky and the rest of the Badgers rushed to celebrate.

    "I wish I would have taken one less dribble, get the shot off, give us a little chance," Johnson said.

    Jackson added 10 points for the Badgers, and Kaminsky was chosen as most outstanding player of the West Region, part of a breakout season for the junior with the deadpan sense of humor.

    "They tell me he's funnier that he used to be, and his eyes are more wide open now," Ryan said. "If you see him sitting sometimes you think, 'Oh, look, Frank's asleep.' He's not asleep. But he's got that sleepy look."

    Kaleb Tarczewski scored 12 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points for the Wildcats, who were trying to get coach Sean Miller to the Final Four for his first time. Instead, Miller was sent to the sidelines on the same day his younger brother Archie's Dayton Flyers lost to Florida in the South Region final.

    "When you lose, it's like a car crashes," Miller said. "It's just -- you're done."

    The first 40 minutes were a back-and-forth struggle between the only 1-2 seeds remaining in the regionals, with neither team leading by more than three points over the final 12:09 of regulation.

    Overtime was even more dramatic, with Arizona having an answer for just about everything Wisconsin did.

    Brust hit a 3-pointer to put the Badgers up at the start of the extra session; Gordon answered with a 3 to tie it up again at 57. Kaminsky scored inside and Gordon dunked at the other end for another tie.

    Kaminsky's jumper and a free throw by Josh Gasser gave Wisconsin a 62-59 lead. Tarczewski's two free throws and Jordin Mayes' tip-in drew the Wildcats to 64-63 with 58 seconds left.

    T.J. McConnell's jumper missed, but Arizona got the offensive rebound and found Johnson, who missed and got called for the push-off on Gasser with 3 seconds left.

    "I thought it was a really, really tough call," Miller said. "I'm going to stop there. I've already been fined."

    Wisconsin inbounded on the baseline, and a scramble ensued in front of Arizona's bench with 2 seconds left. The initial call gave the ball to the Badgers. The referees viewed replays for several minutes before deciding Wisconsin touched the ball last.

    "It was the longest minutes of my life," Hayes said.

    Ryan said, "Mainly we spent most of it knowing that it wasn't going to be our ball."

    That call set up the final play, with Pac-12 player of the year Johnson unable to bail out the Wildcats.

    "I knew he wasn't going to pass it with only two seconds on the clock," Gasser said. "It was a good battle out there, and fortunately, he didn't make a play there."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 63
    FG Made-Attempted 24-61 (.393) 23-58 (.397)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-12 (.833) 12-17 (.706)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 17 (0/0)


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    Research Notes

    Aaron Gordon made 2-of-9 shots in the paint Saturday, missing six layups. In Arizona's first three games of the Men's Basketball Championship, Gordon shot 76.0% in the paint and missed three layups.
    Frank Kaminsky made 6-of-12 jump shots, one more than he made in Wisconsin's first three games in the Men's Basketball Championship, and matching the combined total of his teammates Saturday.
    Arizona is the first team in NCAA Tournament history to lose 4 Elite 8 games by 3 points or fewer.
    Frank Kaminsky is the third player with 20 points and 10 rebounds against top-seeded Arizona.
    Wisconsin is 3rd team to beat a No. 1 seed by 1 point in the Elite 8 (i.e. to reach Final Four). The two previous teams both made the national championship game, with one winning a title.
    With their win tonight, the Badgers became only the third school to record multiple victories over the same No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history.
    Sean Miller is now 0-3 in Elite 8s. That's the 2nd-most Elite 8 losses without a win since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
    So the 1 seed in the West (Arizona) will take on the 2 seed (Wisconsin)... in Elite 8 history, the 1 seed has played the 2 seed 45 times, and the 2 seeds are 23-22 in those games... the difference in points scored per game is less than 1...
    Frank Kaminsky scored 28 points in the Elite 8 against Arizona, the second most by a Wisconsin player in tournament history.
    To reach the Final Four, Wisconsin will have to do something it has never done under Bo Ryan - beat a Top 4 seed - and at the same time, also beat a higher seed. Under Ryan, the Badgers are just 1-7 as a lower seed and are 0-6 against Top-4 seeds and have never beaten a team seeded better than 5th. Of those 6 losses to Top-4 seeds, 4 are to No. 1 seeds. 3 of the 4 losses are by 6 points or fewer.
    Arizona will face 2nd-seeded Wisconsin with a chance to get to the Final Four. The Wildcats have lost their last 2 Elite 8 games against a top-2 seed, and haven't beaten a 1 or 2 seed in the Regional Final since 2001.
    Sean Miller has won 11 straight games as a higher seed to start his NCAA Tournament coaching career, the second-best opening run in tournament history behind Tom Izzo. If Miller is able to extend that streak today, he will coach in the National Semifinals as a higher seed against either No. 2 Michigan or No. 8 Kentucky.

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