Recapping Kentucky's 71-64 loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday night:
Perfection was spoiled and this time Kentucky had no miracle finish. Wisconsin finished with a 15-4 run as the UK offense stalled down the stretch, finishing a historic season for UK. What a game! Both teams were sharp and kept trading punches. Both came out hot and had first-half runs. UK jumped out 5-0, then the Badgers went to work. Willie Cauley-Stein had an early highlight slam and Sam Dekker hit two quick shots for Wisconsin. The Badgers owned the boards early and took a 23-14 lead with their big guys stepping outside to hit three-pointers. Andrew Harrison kept UK in the game with 11 of the Cats' first 27 points. UK fought back to take a brief lead and it was 36-36 at the half. UK's defense kept getting hurt on switches to start the second half and Frank Kaminsky started tearing the Cats apart. A 9-0 Wisconsin run put the Cats down 52-44. Back came UK and it was a terrific game down the stretch. UK led 60-56 with 6:36 left but its offense completely shut down and Wisconsin took advantage.
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■ 38 in a row! It was a run to remember.
■ Andrew Harrison was excellent in the first half.
■ Karl-Anthony Towns went to work when needed.
■ Wisconsin was ready and determined.
■ College basketball could use more games like this one.
■ This team has been a joy to watch on and off the court.
■ For a team with this kind of size, Kentucky gets hurt on the defensive boards. And the only offensive rebound UK had in the first 15 minutes was by Devin Booker.
■ In the waning minutes, Kentucky had three straight shot clock violations on offense. Back came the Badgers, who know how to close out a game.