So nice, they did it twice: Badgers beat Arizona (again!) for second straight Final Four berth
Wisconsin relived a familiar - and pleasant - moment from a year ago on their way to a school-record second consecutive Final Four appearance.
Just like last year, the Badgers won the West Region championship by topping Arizona's Wildcats 85-78 Saturday, clinching a spot in the Final Four in Indianapolis. The 2014 Regional Final was played in Anaheim; this matchup played out just up the road at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Frank Kaminsky proved to be virtually unstoppable for a second consecutive year, topping the Badgers with 29 points. Wisconsin trailed by three at the half, but Kaminsky scored eight points during an 11-1 run that helped the Badgers grab a lead they would not relinquish again. Sam Dekker added 27, setting a career high for the second straight game, and draining a fadeaway three pointer in the final seconds to ice the win.
The 2015 Badgers join the 2014 group, along with the University of Wisconsin teams from 2000 and 1941, as Final Four participants. Last year's group lost to Kentucky in the Final Four in Dallas. The 2014 team beat Arizona in overtime, but the 2015 squad left little doubt and little drama while stopping the Wildcats' season.
CBS 58 will be with the Badgers in Indianapolis for their entire Final Four run. Tune in for reports throughout the day in the days leading up to Saturday's Final Four showdown.