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March 29, 2014

Primer: Wisconsin vs. Arizona





ANAHEIM, Calif. - In the lone Elite 8 matchup of one and two-seeds, the Arizona Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers will play in the West region final Saturday night at the Honda Center for the right to go to the Final Four.

Below are lineups, notes and vitals for tonight's matchup.

Game Info

When and Where: 7:49 p.m. (CT) Saturday at the Honda Center

TV: TBS

Radio: 1310 AM, 101.5 FM

WISCONSIN BADGERS (29-7)

Coach: Bo Ryan, 320-120 in his 13th season at Wisconsin.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Ben Brust 6-1 Sr. 13.0

12 Traevon Jackson 6-2 Jr. 10.8

15 Sam Dekker 6-7 So. 12.7

21 Josh Gasser 6-3 Jr. 9.2

44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 Jr. 13.6

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 Fr. 7.9

13 Duje Dukan 6-9 Jr. 2.7

24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 Fr. 3.3

Quick hits: The Badgers have won 29 games this season, third most in school history. The 2006-07 team (30 wins) and 2007-08 team (31 wins) are the two best finishes in school history…Wisconsin is 7-2 against ranked teams this season…Wisconsin has only beaten one No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, with the lone win coming against Arizona en route to the Badgers most recent Final Four in 2000…The Badgers hold a 3-2 all-time advantage over the Wildcats…Wisconsin has beaten three of the remaining eight teams in the NCAA Tournament (Florida, Michigan, Michigan State)…Wisconsin is holding teams to 37.1 percent from the field through the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament…Ben Brust needs three more three-pointers to tie Kammron Taylor for most made three-pointers in NCAA Tournament games (23)…Bo Ryan has never been to a Final Four.

ARIZONA WILDCATS (33-4)

Coach: Sean Miller, 129-47 in his fifth season at Arizona.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Gabe York 6-3 So. 6.9

4 T.J. McConnell 6-1 Jr. 8.4

11 Aaron Gordon 6-9 Fr. 12.5

13 Nick Johnson 6-3 Jr. 16.3

35 Kaleb Tarczewski 7-0 So. 9.9

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

23 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 6-7 Fr. 9.1

24 Elliott Pitts 6-5 Fr. 1.8

31 Matt Korcheck 6-10 Jr. 1.1

Quick hits: Arizona is making its third Elite 8 appearance in the last four seasons…Arizona is ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense, 58.2 points per game, and fifth in field goal percentage defense, 38.0 percent. Arizona leads the country in effective defensive efficiency, allowing 87.2 points per 100 possessions. Arizona's interior defense ranks second nationally in two-point field goal percentage defense, 40.2 percent…T.J. McConnell led the Pac-12 with a 3.07 assist-to-turnover ratio this season…Arizona has outrebounded its opponents 26 times this season and ranks sixth nationally with a +7.2 rebound margin. Arizona is one of five teams to rank in the top 30 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage… Sean Miller has never been to a Final Four.

Why you should worry: Under Ryan, the Badgers are 1-7 as a lower seed in the NCAA Tournament and have never beaten a top-4 seed in six tries.

Why you shouldn't worry: Arizona has lost its last two Elite 8 games against a top-2 seed, and hasn't beaten a top-2 seed in the Elite 8 since 2001.


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