Recap: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Wisconsin won a heavyweight fight in a football stadium against a team chasing college basketball history.

 

And if you think that sounds weird, consider this: The Badgers stuck the only loss on Kentucky this season despite star 7-footer Frank Kaminsky going nearly 17 minutes without scoring in the second half.

 

Kaminsky still finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and Wisconsin ended the game on a 15-4 run over the last 4 1/2 minutes to beat Kentucky 71-64 in the Final Four on Saturday night.

 

The Badgers will play for an NCAA title on Monday night for the first time since winning their only championship in 1941. They'll face Duke, which beat Michigan State by 20 points in the opener at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Sam Dekker added 16 points for Wisconsin (36-3) and Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig each scored 12.

 

Kentucky's quest to become the first undefeated champion since Indiana went 32-0 in 1976 ended with a drought.

 

The Wildcats (38-1) and their roster of NBA talent made just one field goal over the last 6 1/2 minutes after taking a 60-56 lead with an 8-0 run. They were led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 16 points and 25 combined points from Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

 

It was Aaron Harrison who played hero in last year's Final Four game between Kentucky and Wisconsin when he knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds.

 

On Saturday, he airballed a 3 with around eight seconds left and a chance to get Kentucky within a point.

 

"We normally execute down the stretch and we didn't," said Wildcats coach John Calipari.

 

For a moment, Calipari's players sat with their arms around each other during the team's postgame news conference. It wasn't just that the Wildcats chased history, the Kentucky coach said, it's how they did it.

 

"I can't say enough about what these kids did to get to this point against the schedule they played," he said.

 

Wisconsin will get another shot at Duke after losing to the Blue Devils 80-70 on Dec. 3 in Madison.

 

 

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