Wisconsin stuns previously unbeaten Kentucky
(Reuters) - The Wisconsin Badgers stunned previously undefeated Kentucky 71-64 in a tense Final Four triumph on Saturday to advance to the U.S. collegiate national championship game against Duke.
"Best birthday present I've ever had," said a celebrating Frank Kaminsky, who sparked the Badgers' victory with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Kentucky had entered the game with a 38-0 record and were attempting to become the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to top off a perfect season with a championship.
But the underdog Badgers used a late comeback to set up their title matchup on Monday against Duke, which crushed Michigan State 81-61 in Saturday's other Final Four game in Indianapolis.
Sam Dekker, who had 16 points, hit a three-pointer for Wisconsin with less than two minutes to play to break a 60-60 tie and the Badgers never trailed again, clinching the win at the free throw line.
Kari-Anthony Towns led the Kentucky with 16 but the Wildcats were uncharacteristically dominated inside where Wisconsin won the rebounding battle 34-22.
Wisconsin will be going for their first national championship since 1941.
They lost to Duke earlier this season in a regular season clash.
Justise Winslow scored 19 points, Jahlil Okafor added 18 as the Blue Devils flexed their offense against Michigan State. Continued...