With yet another great performance in this 2014 NCAA Tournament under the Wildcats belt they have successfully punched their ticket to the Final Four in Dallas. For a team that many saw as an underachieving team throughout this season where the expectations were way too high to start with, they are finally starting to play as a team. Behind the brilliant guard play of the Harrison twins and different players stepping up each game outside of the normal scorers this is looking more and more promising that number 9 could be coming home to Lexington on Monday night. Wouldn’t it be great to have our 4th shot at Florida this year in the biggest stage in college basketball and finally get a win?
Now to talk about Saturday nights game against Wisconsin. The Badgers are one of the toughest teams in the NCAA, they’re a defensive minded squad that seems to thrive in Head Coach Bo Ryan’s defense. They all know their role and this game will be anything but easy for the Cats considering Wisconsin has been playing very good behind their center Frank Kaminsky. In four NCAA Tournament games, Kaminsky is averaging 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds and has made 30 of 55 field-goal attempts (54.5%). Without Willie Cauley-Stein in the lineup Kentucky will need some quality minutes again from Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress. Kaminsky seems to be the Badgers go to guy when they are having troubles getting anything on the perimeter to fall and he has proved himself to be dangerous.
This will be another battle between young guys and veterans and so far the Wildcats have risen to the occasion and I have no doubt they can do it again. If they can get past Wisconsin they will play the winner of Connecticut and Florida which should be yet another great tournament game. In my eyes Kentucky can beat either of them but I would love to see this newly gelled Wildcats squad against the Gators for the 4th time this season and show them how much has changed since the SEC Championship game. The Gators have not seen this side of the Cats all season and every game I am beginning to be more and more impressed with how they are pulling things together.