April 3rd 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
2015 Final Four Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Kentucky Wildcats (38-0, 18-0 SEC) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (35-3, 16-2 Big Ten)
Saturday, April 4th 8:49 pm ET – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN. on TBS.
G. – Sophomore – Andrew HarrisonG. – Sophomore – Aaron HarrisonF. – Freshman – Trey LylesF. – Junior – Willie Cauley-SteinC. – Freshman – Karl-Anthony Towns Jr.
G. – Sophomore – Bronson KoenigG. – Senior – Josh GasserF. – Sophomore – Nigel HayesF. – Junior – Sam DekkerC. – Senior – Frank Kaminsky
Road to the Final Four: WILDCATS
Won the Midwest Region defeating Hampton, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and Notre Dame.
Road to the Final Four: BADGERS
Won the West Region defeating Coastal Carolina, Oregon, North Carolina, and Arizona.
3P% – 34.7FT% – 72.5FG% – 46.8TPG – 11BPG – 7APG – 14RPG – 38Offense Ranked #5Defense Ranked #1
3P% – 36.4FT% – 76.4FG% – 48.2TPG – 7BPG – 3APG – 13RPG – 33Offense Ranked #1Defense Ranked #54
ANALYZED SPORTS KEYS TO VICTORY: Kentucky Wildcats
1. Attack the Rim & Knock Down Wide Open Shots – Kentucky must use its guard play to attack the basket at all times. Runners in the lane will be available. Wisconsin will packed the lane and dare Kentucky to take 3 point shots. It’s imperative the Wildcats take good 3-point shots against the Badgers defense and make them at a high percentage when taken. Devin Booker must make the shots he will have in this game.
2. Defend the Badgers Swing Offense – Wisconsin is similar to Notre Dame in that they will spread Kentucky out to create isolation from all 5 positions. Control the pick & rolls. Watch hard cuts, backdoor opportunities, and wide open penetration lanes from the guards. The Wildcats will switch everything on defense, but they must stay discipline and make sure they communicate with each other effectively to defend Wisconsin’s swing style type offense. Use your physicality to disrupt the Badgers high-powered offense.
3. Play without Fouling – The Badgers are a great free-throw shooting team, averaging 76.4 percent at the charity stripe. Kentucky must play without fouling, because if they don’t Wisconsin will make the Cats pay at the Free-Throw Line. In Last Year’s Semi-Final game against the Wildcats, Wisconsin was 19-20 from the free throw line 95%. The 1 miss came at the end of the game after Jackson went 2-3, after being fouled at the 3-point line by Andrew Harrison.
4. Pound Wisconsin on the Glass. Don’t allow the Badgers to stay close in this department. Wisconsin is ranked 204 in the country in rebounds per game compared to Kentucky’s ranking of 21. Kentucky must play to their strengths and pound Wisconsin on the glass every opportunity they get.
5. Feed the BIG KAT: Karl-Anthony Towns was a monster in the Notre Dame Game. He did not miss a shot in the second half and finished with a game high 25 points. Feeding the Big Kat may give Kentucky a chance to get Frank Kaminsky in foul trouble, which will be big for the Cats to pull out the W.
ANALYZED SPORTS KEYS TO VICTORY: Wisconsin Badgers
1. PACE IS KEY: The Badgers will need to keep this game in the half court. They do not want to run with the Wildcats. Instead slow the game down, and selectively pick the opportunities to run with the Cats. This game will need to stay in the high 60’s or low 70’s.
2. FRANK THE TANK: Wisconsin has some good guard play, and they have great athleticism on the wing with Sam Dekker, but senior 7’0 center Frank Kaminsky makes this train go. Kaminsky being on the floor gets any defense off-balance, because he’s capable of facing up centers to go around them or shoot the three, but when his back is to the basket he has nice enough footwork in the post to cause trouble to any of Kentucky Bigs. Last Year the Wildcats used Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, and Julius Randle with a lot of double help in the post. If Kentucky has to double, Kaminsky is capable of finding his team mates for wide open threes.
3. STAY CLOSE ON THE BOARDS: Kentucky is the better rebounding team of the two, but the Badgers are big enough in the front court to at least keep it close on the boards. Don’t give Kentucky 2nd and 3rd opportunities, you must limit them to one shot. Team Rebounding is crucial, everyone must hit the boards.
4. Protect the Basketball: Although the Badgers have taken care of the basketball all year only averaging a low 7 turnovers a game, they must keep it that way in this game. Don’t allow Kentucky to get in the passing lanes for steals, which will create easy transition baskets for the undefeated Wildcats.
5. Drive and Dish: Wisconsin may not have the problem of having to shoot over Kentucky’s length because Kaminsky will bring anyone who is defending him out on the perimeter. Whenever Kaminsky is posted in the lane, the Badgers guards must do a good job of finding the open man when they drive in the land of trees. Kentucky averages 7 blocks a game, which is good for 2nd in the nation. Play away from this Kentucky strength and the Badgers will have the opportunity to win this game.
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