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Wisconsin stuns Kentucky in Final Four

It seems crazy to say it's a shot for a 32-6 team that won both Big Ten titles can pull off a shocking victory but they did against Kentucky.

It seems crazy to say it’s a shock for a 36-3 team that won both Big Ten titles can pull off a shocking victory but Wisconsin did against Kentucky.

Kentucky lost one game all year and their season will forever be viewed as a failure. Kentucky came out for a fight, dominated on the boards, made more three’s got to the foul line more than twice as often and advance to the Championship game with an absolutely shocking 71-64 victory over the previously undefeated Wildcats.

Frank Kaminsky, the best player in the country, put the Badgers on his back and and dominated the game with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes did their thing from beyond the 3-point arc in a 41.2-percent performance from deep.

But it’s just incredible how a 36-3 team that won both the Big Ten regular season championship and tournament championship to earn a No. 1 seed could possibly be considered a shocking victor in any game. That is just how high the expectations were for Kentucky. The Wildcats’ quest for perfection has been denied.

One could definitely argue that bad calls by the officials in the final minutes changed the game. A failure to call a shot-clock violation led to two points by the Badgers and a flop by Dekker cost Kentucky a possession. Had those calls gone different, one could only imagine how things could have been different.

But the simple fact remains, Wisconsin prevented second-chance points by the Wildcats. As a team, Kentucky only managed six offensive boards, only one in the first half. In the second half, Kentucky had three-straight shot clock violations. They weren’t attacking properly and Wisconsin finished on a 15-4 run for the victory.

It did not matter that Kentucky was the more athletic and more talented team. Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, the Harrison twins, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker; all of them have bright pro careers ahead of them. But on this night, a talented Wisconsin team played better, executed more and fought harder for the victory.

Now, they’ll be the ones looking to make history on Monday against the Duke Blue Devils with an opportunity to play for what could be their first championship since 1941.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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