Gators, Badgers headed to Final Four


ANAHEIM — No matter what it tried, the fifth-ranked defensive team in the nation had no answer for Frank Kaminsky. The Wisconsin junior big man scored 28 points, including a tip-in with 1:08 left that proved to be the difference, and had 11 rebounds as the Badgers advanced to the Final Four with a 64-63 overtime win over Arizona in the West Regional final on Saturday.

Wisconsin (30-7) improved to 20-12 in the NCAA Tournament under Bo Ryan, who guided the Badgers to the Final Four for the first time as head coach and third time in program history. Traevon Jackson tallied 10 points and five assists for Wisconsin, while Sam Dekker provided seven points and eight rebounds. The Wildcats (33-5), who spent much of the season ranked No. 1 overall before losing forward Brandon Ashley for the season with a broken foot, got 16 points from Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson and a career-high 18 rebounds from freshman Aaron Gordon in defeat.

Florida 62, Dayton 52

MEMPHIS — For the fourth time under head coach Billy Donovan, Florida is headed to the Final Four. SEC Player of the Year Scottie Wilbekin scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Gators to a 62-52 win over Dayton on Saturday in the South Regional final at FedExForum.

Top-seeded Florida (36-2), the first team to punch its ticket to Arlington, Texas, will enter on a school-record 30-game winning streak. The SEC champs won 36 games for the first time in program history. Patric Young chimed in with 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks for Florida while Michael Frazier II scored 10 points. Dorian Finney-Smith contributed nine boards off the bench.

The Gators await the winner of Sunday’s East Regional final between Michigan State and Connecticut. Dyshawn Pierre completed his impressive tournament with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting for Dayton (26-11), while Devin Oliver had 12 points on 4-of-7 from behind the arc in his final collegiate game.

 

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