Headlines: Kentucky Wildcats Back to the Final Four

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With last night’s win over Notre Dame and Wisconsin’s victory over Arizona, the Cats and the Badgers are up for a rematch in the final four. If history repeats itself, it should be a nail-biter, as Kentucky defeated Wisconsin last year on a game-winning three-pointer by Aaron Harrison.

"Wisconsin and Kentucky will face off again in the Final Four, giving the 2015 NCAA tournament another feeling of nostalgia after seeing the Badgers survive against Arizona in the Elite Eight. But while the Wisconsin-Arizona game looked like a toss-up compared to Kentucky’s game against Notre Dame in Cleveland, it was the Irish that pushed a No. 1 seed to the limit, leading for long stretches in the second half before falling short in the final minute against the undefeated Wildcats. Wisconsin’s victory felt like a coronation, but the final horn at Quicken Loans Arena came with a sigh of relief from Big Blue Nation. For long stretches of the season, Wisconsin has been on everyone’s short list for teams that are equipped to beat Kentucky. Now we get the rematch that everyone wanted to see with history, both recent and all-time, on the line."

Apr 5, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2) hits a three-point shot over Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser (21) in the second half during the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s elite eight matchups are bound to be great games. Gonzaga could give Duke trouble with a balanced attack. Izzo and the Spartans have found ways to win throughout the entire tourney, can they continue the streak today?

"Gonzaga (+2) over Duke: Appearing in their 17th straight NCAA Tournament, the Zags finally will break through to their first Final Four. This shootout should be one of the more entertaining games in Elite Eight history, with two teams that average nearly 160 points combined and shoot better than 50 percent from the field. Jahlil Okafor will bounce back from a weak outing against Utah, but Gonzaga’s frontcourt will give the Blue Devils bigger issues, with Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis barreling over Duke’s inferior interior defense, as Kyle Wiltjer adjusts to shooting in the football stadium. Michigan State (-2) over Louisville: Villanova and/or Virginia were supposed to occupy these spots, the ACC and Big East champions having entered the NCAA Tournament with a combined five losses this season. The Spartans lost 11, while the Cardinals lost eight games, as well as starting point guard Chris Jones. Somehow, Rick Pitino and Tom Izzo made it back again, college basketball’s two best coaches at doing more with less talent. Still, I wouldn’t bet my life — or anything else — on Louisville’s inconsistent offense coming through once more, especially against a Michigan State defense that has held teams to 58.3 points in the tournament."

Mar 27, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55) looks for the ball between Duke Blue Devils guard Matt Jones (13) and guard Tyus Jones (5) during the second half in the semifinals of the south regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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