Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63 (OT)
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[March 31, 2014]
ANAHEIM, Calif. —
Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63 (OT): Frank Kaminsky posted 28 points and 11 rebounds as the Badgers edged the
Wildcats in an overtime thriller in Anaheim, Calif., to win the West
regional and advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.
In this year's only Elite Eight matchup featuring a region's top
two seeds, the top-seeded Wildcats and No. 2 Badgers did not
disappoint with Kaminsky leading the way on 11-of-20 shooting,
including three 3-pointers. Kaminsky scored six points in overtime
and Traevon Jackson finished with 10 points for Wisconsin (30-7),
which will face Midwest regional champion Kentucky in Saturday's
Nick Johnson scored 16 points to lead Arizona (33-5), which had
three chances to win in the final 10 seconds, the final one coming
after a lengthy replay review gave the ball to the Wildcats with 2.3
seconds left, only to have Johnson's final shot come just after the
buzzer. Kaleb Tarczewski chipped in 12 points and Aaron Gordon
grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for the Wildcats, who were trying
to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2001.
The teams began overtime by exchanging 3-pointers by Ben Brust and
Gordon, and short buckets by Kaminsky and Gordon before Kaminsky
made a hook shot to put Wisconsin ahead with 2:20 remaining and
later added a tip-in to make it 64-61 with 1:10 to go. The Wildcats
trailed by one with the clock ticking down when T.J. McConnell
missed a jumper and Johnson was called for an offensive foul for
pushing off on a drive to the hoop, prior to the bizarre final
sequence in which the replay review took approximately five minutes
to determine which team touched the ball last near the sideline.
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After missing his first eight field goals, Gordon made a reverse
layup to tie the score at 52 with just over 2 1/2 minutes remaining
in regulation before Jackson banked in a tough runner with his
off-hand to put the Badgers ahead by two. Johnson forced a tough
jumper on the other end that missed wide left, but Rondae
Hollis-Jefferson caught the ball in mid-air and dunked to tie the
score with 34.2 seconds left, and Jackson missed a long jumper to
send the game to overtime.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Kaminsky had gone 10 straight games without
registering a double-double. ... Gordon and McConnell combined to
shoot 5-of-21 from the field while Johnson, the Pac 12 Player of the
Year, was 6-of-17. ... Hollis-Jefferson notched 10 points, four
rebounds and two blocks off the bench for the Wildcats.
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