Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63; 3rd Final Four in team history
Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers players celebrate against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Honda Center. Image by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe this tweet says it best, from Bo Ryan's daughter.
The final call of Matt Lepay announcing the Final Four.
Marquette and Wisconsin share a classy exchange on Twitter.
The party begins in the locker room.
Also on State Street.
About the Badgers, "That team would beat the Bucks." - Charles Barkley
"It's gonna be tough to be there coaching without him, but I can't imagine him being any happier, or my mom who passed away about a year ago. I'm happy to have been able to be on the sideline and do this thing called coaching because my parents gave me the opportunity to coach it, my wife my kids...these guys."
"This is for Butch." - Bo Ryan.
Happy Birthday, Butch.— Danny Clayton (@DannyClayton) March 30, 2014
What just happened on the inbound? Some fantastic defense by Arizona as Hollis-Jefferson tipped the ball out.
We think. But the refs take about enough time to read War and Peace to get it right. You shouldn't mind as a basketball fan. Get the call right. A Final Four is at stake.
Arizona ball! The spin of the ball changed direction at the last second. They got it right.
2.3 left....Last shot? Nope! UW WINS!
This is it? 45 seconds left...UW up 1....make...that...one with the Jackson miss.
This is it. Game on the line.
OFFENSIVE FOUL ON NICK JOHNSON WITH 3.2 LEFT!!!!! Refs decided it...it could have gone either way.
Speechless.— Doug Russell (@RussellOnSports) March 30, 2014
That's a foul. He pushed off. Issue is making the call consistently. Been a very physical game, and they've let a lot like that go.— Matt Trebby (@trebby) March 30, 2014
75 seconds left...Jackson? Nope. The Tank? YES!
Kaminsky with 28 points - 2nd most points in a NCAA tourney game in #Badgers history (Finley 36 vs. Missouri in 1994)— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
But an immediate putback answer by Mayes. Back-and-forth.
Gasser. Money at the line...um, no. 1 of 2. UW up three under two minutes.
Pins and needles.
2:25...Kaminsky is doing it the old fashioned way, down low. UW is riding the Tank.
It's your world Frank— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
Brust! The first three of OT is the biggest of his life, so far.
Arizona answers. 57-all. "Are you kidding?" - Steve Kerr
Final four seconds....nope. JUST off the front of the rim, and it's free basketball. Five minutes of overtime.
Trae .... just short. Overtime— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
Hollis-Jefferson ties it with an air-ball-that-turns-into-a-pass.
The last 90 seconds. Tie game. Butterflies.
Great game.. I said in pregame. . I will hate to see one of these teams go home— Kenny Smith (@TheJetOnTNT) March 30, 2014
It even makes Bo Ryan do the jump around on Vine.
Jackson with a pressure shot right at the 1:00 mark.
This is back and forth basketball with a Final Four bid at stake. Wow.
Frank the Long Range Missile Launching Tank. UW leads again.
FRANK THE TANK! FRANK THE TANK! FRANK THE TANK!— Hank the Dog (@BrewersHank) March 30, 2014
Hard work by Kaminsky not yielding results. He gets his own missed shot, but can't connect.
Lots of complaints about the refs.
These refs tho— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 30, 2014
WHAT ARE YOU DOING— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) March 30, 2014
I mean, come on. How in the world do you miss that out-of-bounds call? You're standing four feet away.— Marques Eversoll (@MJEversoll) March 30, 2014
I'm not one to complain about being jobbed by the officials. But I do wonder what they've been seeing that the rest of us haven't.— Doug Russell (@RussellOnSports) March 30, 2014
Plus other complaint tweets we are choosing not to share to stay family-friendly.
Arizona had the momentum. Nick Johnson just gave Arizona back the lead. 44-41.
Arizona's defense is as suffocating as a WWE choke hold.
Momentum is fickle. Hollis-Jefferson just tied it as Arizona's emotion is exploding on this mini-run.
Koenig's second monstrous shot of the half. 41-36.
Bronson... all of em— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
This guy is dominating the game for UW. 17 points.
First lead of the game, thanks to Koenig's shot. 9-2 Wisconsin run.
Hollis-Jefferson. Incredible. Made me think Marv Albert was going to utter "A spectacular move!" a la Jordan in the '91 Finals.
Kaminsky responds with a shot that scored more points.
Let's go Badgers!!— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) March 30, 2014
Kaminsky without the outside range early this second half, but a rare open opportunity. Inside, a bit better for him.
Kaminsky with 2 buckets in the post to start the half. Eat, big dog, eat.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
Wisconsin's first possession: another Arizona defensive win - something few teams have been able to do, outwork the Badgers.
Steve Stricker, proud cheesehead, chimes in.
20 minutes to make up a three-point deficit. Very do-able.
We got a ballgame in the final minute of the first stanza. UW down 3.
Wisconsin not necessarily "in trouble," but with lots of reason for concern down eight with 2:30 left first half.
Badgers first free throws came after this tweet.
Telling stat UA 8-10 on FTs UW 0-0 on FTs— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
Right now Arizona 8-10 on FTs. UW 2-2. There's your six point difference— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) March 30, 2014
As said by 620WTMJ's Doug Russell:
This is the kind of game you don't need rooting interest to love. Two great teams playing their best. No one giving an inch.— Doug Russell (@RussellOnSports) March 30, 2014
NBC Sports' Alex Flanagan reminds us that it's a second game against a "Bear Down" team.
Teams from Wisconsin usually do pretty well against teams with "Bear Down" themes. See Packers vs. Bears.
Jackson's outside shooting in the face of an in-your-face Arizona defender. Not bad. 22-18 Arizona.
Brust has had almost no opportunities to even get lukewarm, let hot from outside.
BEN WHERE ART THOU— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) March 30, 2014
On the other hand, Hayes is getting low post opportunities and is taking advantage. 22-16 Arizona.
Bo Ryan just got tee'd up.
Bo Ryan just earned a technical foul during the timeout. Unclear why.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
3-4 FTs gives Arizona 8 point lead— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) March 30, 2014
11 minutes in, and it's the Arizona defense that has been doing the shutting down of the Badgers in a low-scoring game, not the usual UW performance...
...that was before Nigel Hayes showed some smooth on a fantastic reverse layup.
Down 16-10, offensive boards really helping the Badgers possess the ball, but Arizona is hounding UW for more than a minute before Jackson's tough driving layup.
Two Kaminsky offensive rebounds leads to Jackson drive. UW down 6— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) March 30, 2014
The Wildcats weren't supposed to have a great bench. They apparently do against UW.
Worth noting Arizona has 7 pts off bench vs. #Badgers already.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) March 30, 2014
If you push Kaminsky out to the three-point line, he can drive it or bomb the three, like the last two possessions.
Arizona also like glue on the Badgers outside the three-point line, plus pushing Kaminsky off the block and forcing him to drive.
The @uofarizonambb #1 in defensive efficiency and showing it so far.— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) March 30, 2014
Arizona long range bombing. This could be dangerous for UW. 10-5 Zona.
First time out:
UA leads 7-5 at the first media timeout (15:38 left). Both teams shooting 50% early— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
"So much movement. Great screening." - Steve Kerr. Proven by the wide-open Brust layup.
It is amazing how many back cut layups Brust gets for @BadgerMBB. Shooters watch how much he moves without the ball.— Sean Harrington (@smharrington24) March 30, 2014
It took more than two minutes, but Arizona's speed in the fast break game finally victimized the Badgers.
Arizona is also giving UW nothing on the perimeter, and hounding Kaminsky on the block.
First two possessions of the game for Kaminsky: One foul, one miss.
Lotta ball game left.
Before the game, Badgers fans were worried about a very active group of referees.
First 30 seconds, Kaminsky with a defensive foul.
Kaminsky foul in first minute. Not good.— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) March 30, 2014
Very red, white and blue crowd in Anaheim.
It's the birthday of Bo Ryan's late father, who passed recently.
Happy 90th birthday Butch. Hope to see you in Dallas.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
The tweet says it.
"It's our time." pic.twitter.com/xmIw6GpHaR— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
Well, maybe Hank's tweet, too.
Charles Barkley may have just made up for that bar fight in Milwaukee. He picks the Badgers.
It appears a very pro-Arizona crowd has shown up in Anaheim for tonight's west regional final.
Badgers have been there, done that.
Sounds like it might be a "road" game for #Badgers. No worry, UW has equaled a school record with 15 wins away from home... so far.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 30, 2014
A sobering reminder of the finality of the NCAA tournament. You lose, you're done.
Brett just told me he doesn't want this to be Ben Brust's last game. I said, "yea me either." #Badgers— Joe Robinson (@JoeDRobinson4) March 30, 2014
As Florida claimed the first Final Four spot, this guy is seeing Wisconsin's bid for the second bid through Bucky-colored sunglasses.
One hour before tipoff, the Badgers are getting prepared.
The party is also being prepared...or at least the party that hopefully starts in about three hours.
The Wisconsin Badgers' road to being one win from the promised land of college basketball was a bit twisty and turny, but they're here.
The team that stands in the way: the West's top seed, the Arizona Wildcats.
Wisconsin's eyes will be on Anaheim...all of us at the bar, and a certain famous Wisconsinite who has pledged his tournament love to Bucky.
Stay tuned. A red party could start at about 10:00 p.m. CT tonight.