GAMEDAY THREAD: UK vs. Wisconsin

Join us tonight on our AllWildcats open basketball forum as we discuss Kentucky's matchup with Wisconsin in the Final Four.

Join us tonight on our AllWildcats open basketball forum as we discuss Kentucky's matchup with Wisconsin in the Final Four.

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Here's everything you need to know about tonight's matchup:

#8 Seed Kentucky Wildcats
Record: 28-10, 12-6 in SEC
Rankings: RV (AP)/No. 22 (Coaches)
Last Game: Defeated No. 7/8 Michigan, 75-72
Head Coach: John Calipari
Overall On-Court Record: 596-176 (.772)
at UK: 151-36 (.807)
Last Five Games: 4-1
Calipari vs. Wisconsin: First Meeting
All-Time Series vs. Wisconsin: UK leads 3-1

Kentucky Expected Starters:
G – Aaron Harrison (6-6, 218, FR) – 14.1 ppg, 36% 3PFG, 80% FT
G – Andrew Harrison (6-6, 215, FR) – 11.0 ppg, 3.9 apg, 77% FT
G/F – James Young (6-6, 215, FR) – 14.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 35% 3PFG
F – Julius Randle (6-9, 250, FR) – 15.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 24 double-doubles
C – Dakari Johnson (7-0, 265, FR) – 5.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Key Reserves: Willie Cauley-Stein (7-0, 244, SOPH, * Injurred/Doubtful), Alex Poythress (6-8, 239, SOPH), Marcus Lee (6-9, 215, FR), Jarrod Polson (6-2, 182, SR), Dominique Hawkins (6-0, 193, FR).

#2 Seed Wisconsin Badgers
Record: 30-7, 12-6 in Big Ten
Rankings: No. 12 (AP)/No. 15 (Coaches)
Last Game: Defeated Arizona, 64-63
Head Coach: Bo Ryan
Overall On-Court Record: 704-223 (.759)
at Wisconsin: 320-120 (.727)
Last Five Games: 4-1
Ryan vs. Kentucky: 0-1
Last Meeting: Kentucky, 63-57 (3/27/2003)

Wisconsin Expected Starters:
G – Ben Brust (6-1, 196, SR) – 12.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 39% 3PFG, 89% FT
G – Traevon Jackson (6-2, 208, JR) – 10.7 ppg, 4.0 apg, 38% 3PFG
G – Josh Gasser (6-3, 190, JR) – 8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 44% 3PFG
F – Sam Dekker (6-8, 220, SOPH) – 12. 4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
C – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 234, JR) – 14.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 53% FG, 38% 3PFG

Key Reserves: Nigel Hayes ( 6-7, 250, FR), Duje Dukan (6-9, 220, JR), Bronson Koenig (6-3, 190, FR)

Television Info:
Network: TBS
Talent: Jim Nantz (PxP), Greg Anthony (Analyst), Steve Kerr (Analyst), Tracy Wolfson (Sideline)

Radio Info:
UK/IMG Radio Network
Talent: Tom Leach (PxP), Mike Pratt (Analyst)
Sirius/XM Channel: Channel 91

KEY STATS:
• Wisconsin in No. 4 in the Ken Pomeroy offensive effeciency ratings. The Badgers are No. 45 on the defensive end. UK is No. 9 and No. 40, respectively.

• Kentucky is No. 1 nationally in offensive rebounding and No. 2 in rebounding margin (+9.8). Wisconsin is No. 134 (+1.6).

• The Badgers are No. 60 nationally in turnover margin (+1.8). The Cats are No. 278 (-1.4).

• Wisconsin in 36th nationally in team free throw percentage (.741) while Kentucky is at NO. 220 (.685).

• UK is No. 2 nationally in blocked shots (230) while UW is No. 146 (124).

NOTES:
• Kentucky is playing in its record 53rd NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 115-46 all-time in the event and have advanced to their 16th Final Four.

• Calipari-coached teams are 42-13 (.764) in NCAA Tournament games, including a 17-2 mark at UK. The winning percentage is first among active head coaches

• UK was the first program to win an Elite Eight game with five freshman starters since Michigan's "Fab Five" achieved the same feat in 1992.

• The only NCAA games UK has played in the greater Dallas area came in the 1996 championship season, beating San Jose State (110-72) and Virginia Tech (84-60) in the opening rounds at Reunion Arena.

• UK has never played a game in program history on April 5 or later.

• The Badgers have been to the NCAA Tournament in each of Ryan's 13 seasons with the program. Their 20 wins in the tourney since 2002 rank 10th nationally.

• UW has advanced to the Final Four for the third time in school history and the first time since 2000. The Badgers claimed the national championship in 1941 and lost 53-41 to Michigan State in the 2000 national semifinals.

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