Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Looking at This Saturday's Final Four

Mar 30, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the finals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 30, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the finals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Without a doubt, this Saturday’s Final Four match-up with Wisconsin will likely be another nail-bitter like the last few games.  However, as of late, one could make the argument that Kentucky might actually like to play in those kinds of games.  Something that Big Blue Nation couldn’t say weeks prior.  However, now the Cats are on a 6-1 post-season run, if you count the SEC Tournament.  Momentum seems to be heading in the Cats direction.

Who knows there may be something to loyal Kentucky fan, Tyler Black’s madness after all.  We’ll definitely know after Saturday, if Black has a shot at getting his prediction right or not.

Regardless, the game (on paper) looks like a good game.  Each team will likely have issues matching-up with one another.  Wisconsin is effective on the offensive glass and without Willie Cauley-Stein, it could cause problems for the Cats.  However, the achilles heel for the Badgers is the fact that they struggle to obtain key rebounds.  In fact the Cats have out-rebounded the Badgers on the season 1,507-1,239.  Which means that on average per game, the Cats grab nearly 41 rebounds to the Badgers’ 33.  The rebound factor could be the game-winning stat come Saturday for the Cats.

However, even if the Cats preform excellently on grabbing key boards, they will still have to face the Badgers’ 7-foot superstar, Frank Kaminsky (aka. baby Dirk).  Not only is Kaminsky athletic, but he is only persistent with following-up his own shots.  Kaminsky, could be the biggest ‘x-factor’ for the Badgers going into Saturday’s match-up.  But, put Dakari Johnson, Juluis Randle or Alex Poythress on him and the Cats should be fine.

The current bidding line in Los Vegas for the Cats/Badgers game is currently in the Cats favor by 1.5 points.  If that prediction holds true, it will be a very exciting game to watch and could likely come down to another shot like Aaron Harrison’s game-winner over Michigan (hopefully in Kentucky’s favor again).

The Cats/Badgers game tips at 8:49PM EST on TBS.

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