The Wisconsin Badgers have earned themselves another shot at beating Kentucky in the Final Four. Last year, Wisconsin came up just short of beating the Wildcat losing 74-73, but this year they are facing a Kentucky team that has not lost a game yet and looks nearly unbeatable. The Badgers will take on John Calipari’s team in the second game of the Final Four in Indianapolis on April 4th at 8:49pm EST.
According to RazorGator.com, the average price for Wisconsin Badgers tickets, including the second semifinal between Michigan State and Duke, is $1,094.37 with a walk-in price of $277.
The Badger’s beat Coastal Carolina in their first round game and then moved on to beat Oregon by seven points. In the round of 16 they beat North Carolina, the No. 4 seed, by seven and in their last game, beat the No. 2 seed, Arizona. The Badgers’ shot the lights out against the Wildcats, going 12-18 from behind the arc. Sam Dekker scored 27 points while Frank Kaminsky scored a game high 29.
Dekker has been fantastic for Wisconsin in the tournament, averaging nearly 22 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. His shooting from beyond the three-point line has devastated opponents, especially in the second half of the Arizona game. The rise of Dekker has complemented the play of Kaminsky. The two feed off of each other and both present a threat to shoot from distance. Up and down the lineup for Wisconsin is a plethora of shooters who can hurt you from all over the floor. This ability makes Wisconsin a legitimate threat to upset Kentucky’s bid for a perfect season.
The Wildcat’s have been the most effective defense in the country all season long. In the tournament they have shut down opposing team’s shooters with ease, they even held West Virginia to just 39 points. However, they did look vulnerable against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish shot the ball extremely well against Kentucky and held a lead in the second half. But Kentucky’s defense was able to recover and dominate Notre Dame’s offense in the latter half of the game. This game is going to come down to how well Wisconsin can shoot from the perimeter. Wisconsin has all of the tools necessary to win this game, but they will have to go through a Kentucky defense which specializes in shutting down teams like Wisconsin.
Final Four ticket prices have been at a high mark because of the quality of teams and coaches that are in it. Kentucky is going for an undefeated season, coaches Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski are future Hall of Famers and Bo Ryan is looking for revenge for last season.