INDIANAPOLIS (WITI) — We’re now two days away from the Wisconsin Badgers big Final Four matchup in Indianapolis! For the first time in school history, the Badgers will play Saturday, April 4th in their second consecutive Final Four. They face the Kentucky Wildcats — and tip-off is set for 7:49 p.m.
The Badgers play their Final Four rematch from a year ago after Duke takes on Michigan State Saturday.
The two winning teams will play Monday in the NCAA Tournament’s championship game.
On Thursday, April 2nd, Badgers Head Coach Bo Ryan and Wildcats Head coach John Calipari talked about their teams.
Ryan and Calipari could get the call they’re going into the basketball Hall of Fame on Monday. Depending on the results of the Final Four matchup — one of them will play for a national championship on Monday evening.
Talent on the sidelines is matched by the greatness all four teams on the floor — including Duke and Michigan State.
“There’s a lot of — there’s shooters, there’s ball handlers, there’s bigs,” Coach Ryan said.
“Because the talent level is what it is, I think we’re all just worried about our own teams playing well,” Coach Calipari said.
“I would say in this Final Four, having played all the teams within the past year that there’s a little bit of everything and it’s at a very high level,” Coach Ryan said.
“We’re stopping Wisconsin. We ain’t stopping Wisconsin. I just hope my team plays well and then we’ll see how it plays out,” Calipari said.
The Badgers have seen a lot of familiar faces on the road to the Final Four — beating Oregon, beating Arizona and now about to face Kentucky. So does playing these familiar teams make things easier?
“It’s definitely not easy, but it makes it a little bit easier having seen opponents because you`ve seen their sets, you have their scouting report that`s just a year old so it’s not going to be easy but Kentucky is a really good team and we`re going to have to prepare as well as possible for them. We know that they`re different from last year but so are we — so it`s going to be a good game,” Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky said.
We invite you to watch for FOX6’s Brandon Cruz’s reports from Indianapolis — hopefully through Monday’s championship game!