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KENTUCKY vs. WISCONSIN
Matchup: The Wildcats were the preseason No. 1, while the Badgers started at No. 20. However, the teams went in opposite directions this season, and it's the preseason No. 1 that comes into the Final Four as the eight seed. With a freshman-heavy squad, head coach John Calipari struggled to get his young players on the same page, losing to teams like LSU, Arkansas (twice) and South Carolina. But Kentucky turned it around and is peaking at just the right time. The Wildcats' postseason run has perhaps been the tournament's most exciting, with a last-second win in the regional final against Michigan and instant classics against Louisville and Wichita State. They became the first team in NCAA Tournament history to defeat three Final Four participants from the prior year.
The Wildcats will have their hands full against a Bo Ryan-led Wisconsin team that is more offensively minded than any in recent history. Led by big men Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Badgers can score inside and outside, giving them plenty of options to keep up with the youngsters from Lexington. Wisconsin ousted top-seed Arizona in the regional final, sending Ryan to the Final Four for the first time in his career.
Kentucky and Wisconsin offer a contrast in styles, often depicted as "old school vs. new school." And the squads represent conferences that were polar opposite this season. While the Big Ten was touted as the best conference in America