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BOZICH | Five Reasons for Kentucky to Sweat the Wisconsin Game

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INDIANAPOLIS – Duke couldn't do it. UNLV couldn't do it. Nobody has been able to finish the job – not since Indiana 39 seasons ago.

I'm talking about roaring through a complete college basketball season without a defeat. Kentucky (38-0) sits two victories from becoming the first team to do the unbeaten thing since Bob Knight's 1976 Hoosiers.

First, the Wildcats must handle Wisconsin Saturday night at 8:50 in the national semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium.

BOZICH | Five reasons for Kentucky to be confident before its Final Four meeting with Wisconsin

It's no putt in the leather.

Here are Five Reasons for Kentucky to Sweat the Wisconsin game.

1. Frank Kaminsky/Sam Dekker. Kaminsky, Wisconsin's senior center, and Dekker, a junior forward, have been the best tandem in the tournament.

They're averaging a combined 45.6 points and 13.8 rebounds. They've made 18 three-point shots in the tournament, which is three more than the entire Kentucky team.

Arizona's defense was rated third in the nation in Ken Pomeroy's analytics – and the Badgers averaged 1.33 points per possession while beating the Wildcats. The Badgers have averaged better than 1.3 points per possession five times during the post-season – three times in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky has done it six times all season.

The Badgers are good – and they're motivated.

2. Defend, don't reach. Wisconsin does not beat Wisconsin. Bo Ryan's team leads the nation in fewest fouls (12.4 per game.). That explains why the Badgers also allow the fewest free throw attempts per game – 11.6.

During the tournament, Wisconsin has attempted 95 free throws, 29 more than the Badgers' opponents.

3. The Good Hands Badgers. Wisconsin handles the basketball like the family china. They don't drop it or throw it away. Ryan's team leads the nation in fewest turnovers per game – 7.4

Wisconsin has only committed 10 turnovers twice in its last 11 games.

4. Bravo, Bronson. Some people wondered if the Badgers would stumble when senior guard Traevon Jackson suffered a broken foot in January.

Actually, Wisconsin has gotten better. At 6 feet 4, Koenig is at least an inch taller than Jackson. He's also a better three-point shooter, making 41.1 percent of his shots from distance.

5. Big Ten Chops. Not only did the Badgers win the Big Ten regular-season title by two games over Maryland, they also won the Big Ten Tournament. To do that, the Badgers had to beat Michigan State, another Final Four team in the title game.

Wisconsin does not rely on any freshmen. Bo Ryan starts two seniors, a junior and two sophomores. Wisconsin's returning cast scored 58 of the 73 points the Badgers scored against Kentucky in the Final Four last season.

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