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BOZICH | Relaxed Chapman says Wisconsin needs 10 three-pointers to beat Kentucky

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INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) – This is the most three-point field goals that an opponent has made against Kentucky during the NCAA Tournament:


This is how many three-point shots that former UK player Rex Chapman believes that Wisconsin will have to make to beat the Wildcats in the Final Four Saturday night:


“They're not going to get shots on the block,” Chapman said. “They're going to have to make mid-range shots. They're going to have to make a lot of threes, I think. Maybe 10.”

Chapman's opinion is worth debating because he will analyze the Final Four game from Lucas Oil Stadium on the “home team” telecast of the game on TNT.

For some, Chapman was a controversial choice to work the game. A former UK player, Chapman annoyed fans and UK officials during the Final Four last season. On the day of the national championship game, Chapman crafted a Twitter post saying that coach John Calipari was going to leave Kentucky to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

It didn't happen.

What did happen was another controversial moment for Chapman, 47. Late last summer he was arrested in suburban Phoenix on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property totaling $14,000 from several Apple retail stores.

Chapman underwent a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville last September. A spokesman for the Maricopa County attorney office told Jason Riley of WDRB this week that Chapman was never charged in the matter, clearing him to work on the national TV broadcast Saturday night.

“I'm doing great,” Chapman said. “I'm happy to be here and calling the game.”

He appeared tan and said that he had lost weight. Chapman, an Owensboro native, played at UK from 1986-1988 before performing in the NBA for 13 seasons. Chapman said he believes that Kentucky will defeat Wisconsin Saturday and follow that with another win over Duke or Michigan State Monday night for the school's ninth national title.

Chapman said that Wisconsin will have issues matching up with Kentucky offensively as well as on defense.

“I like our matchups defensively especially,” Chapman said. “(Wisconsin center Frank) Kaminsky is a heckuva player. But he didn't see Willie (Cauley-Stein of UK) last year.

“Willie can guard on the perimeter. If Frank goes into the post, we've got pogo sticks in there coming from the weak side.”

Kaminsky, a senior, is 7 feet. He was named 2015 college basketball player of the year by the Associated Press Friday. But Kaminsky scored only eight points against UK in the national semifinals last year, a game Cauley-Stein missed with a leg injury.

Wisconsin's second-best player is forward Sam Dekker. Like Kaminsky, Dekker is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Dekker has averaged 21.8 points in the NCAA Tournament, one less than Kaminsky.

Chapman said Kentucky also had an answer for Dekker.

“Last year Dekker didn't play particularly well,” Chapman said. “He's put it together the last couple games. But he's a guy who's been up and down most of his career. It's the biggest stage again, like it was last year.

“We'll see. We'll see how he performs. But I like our matchups with him as well with our ability to throw several guys at him. I think it will probably be Trey (Lyles). I think he'll probably see some Andrew (Harrison), some Marcus Lee. So I really like our chances.”

On the flip side, Chapman said that Kentucky coach Bo Ryan has a critical strategical decision:

How to guard UK center Karl-Anthony Towns, who overpowered Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional final, making 10 of 13 shots while scoring 25 points?

“I really don't look for them to double (team Towns) unless they get into foul trouble,” Chapman said.

“Last week Karl was very effective but it was obvious (Notre Dame) didn't want (center Zach) Auguste to foul. He never left his feet. I think it will be tougher for him to do what he did last week with Bo's schemes and what not.

“If it's (Wisconsin forward Nigel) Hayes, that's a big problem for them. I think it's got to be Frank for a little while anyway. Match-up wise, say what you want about this team, our length is unbelievable at every position.

“That's what opposing coaches and staffs realize once they're watching tape, especially once they've played them. This Kentucky team is just big and long.”

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