Even the best teams are capable of losing, and No. 1 Kentucky proved that tonight as they were knocked out of the tournament by Wisconsin with a 71-64 loss. They finished with a 38-1 record.
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The 1976 Indiana Hoosiers can take a deep breath as they remain the most recent team to go undefeated in the regular season and win the championship, and no team has gone 40-0 to date since conference tournaments were added.
The Wildcats and Badgers exchanged leads throughout the game, but the Badgers showed that they meant business right off the bat as they stormed out to a 23-14 lead. However, Kentucky fought back as the game was tied at 36 at halftime.
With 2:35 remaining in the second half, Kentucky and Wisconsin were tied at 60. Badgers forward Sam Dekker gave his team the lead with a clutch three-pointer and a free throw.
After the Wildcats trimmed the lead to one, National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky made two free throws.
He later rebounded a missed free throw by Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns and drew the foul as guard Bronson Koenig effectively sealed the game with two free throws.
Kaminsky put on another performance sure to impress NBA Draft scouts by scoring 20 points with 11 rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting. Dekker added another 16 points.
For the Wildcats, Towns scored 16 points while grabbing nine rebounds while Andrew and Aaron Harrison respectively added 13 and 12 points.
The Badgers will take on the Jahlil Okafor-led Duke Blue Devils for the championship.
Here are some highlights from this unforgettable Final Four thriller.