The Kentucky Wildcats had their run at a perfect season come up short in the Final Four after the Wisconsin Badgers pulled away in the final minutes to pull off the upset.
The first undefeated team to make it to the FInal Four since UNLV in 1991, but just like the Runnin’ Rebels team, the Kentucky Wildcats will not be cutting the nets down this year and the 1976 Indiana team remains the last team to go through the season undefeated.
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Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the upset, albeit not a stunning upset, as they were a No. 1 seed and have the AP Player of the Year in Frank Kaminsky and a potential lottery pick in the NBA Draft in Sam Dekker, but still, perfection was denied.
Wisconsin won 71-64 to advance to the national championship game where they’ll play Duke on Monday night in what is a rematch of the Dec. 3 game that Duke won 80-70.
This was one of the greatest semifinal games in NCAA Tournament action and Twitter was full of emotion as the instant reactions were pouring out after Kentucky lost for the first time this season to end their season two wins shy of the trophy.
Revenge accomplished and perfection denied.
Wisconsin vs Duke on Monday night may not be the matchup that everyone outside of Madison, WI wanted but it is going to be a fantastic matchup without Kentucky.
The two best players in the country will meet with Kaminsky going toe-to-toe with Duke’s Jahlil Okafor who was a beast against Michigan State in their semifinal win earlier in the day.
Justise Winslow and Quinn Cook should present similar challenges for the Wisconsin defense, but the Badgers have one of the best defenses in the country and you’d be a fool to discount them after they just beat the team that wasn’t supposed to lose.
Who do you think is going to cut the nets down on Monday night?
Let us know in the comments section below with a simple, Duke or Wisconsin.
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