2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

By Trevor Lowry
Arizona basketball
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Nick Johnson showed why he is a Naismith finalist in Arizona‘s victory over San Diego State. He had zero points for a good portion of this Sweet 16 matchup and ended up scoring 15 down the stretch. The Wildcats would have been eliminated if it wasn’t for Johnson.

Wisconsin looked like the better team the entire game against Baylor. The Badgers did end up winning by 17 points.

Now, the No. 1 seed and the No. 2 seed in the West Region will meet up for a chance to play in the Final Four.

What to Watch For

There are not many players who are better than Nick Johnson. Not just in the contest against Wisconsin and Arizona, but in the entire country. Johnson scored 15 crucial points when it mattered most. He is the team’s leading scorer and he will be the best player on the court when the Badgers and Wildcats battle it out in the Elite Eight.

Wisconsin has a well-rounded team, but no one played better than Frank Kaminsky in the victory over the Bears. He dropped 19 points and had six blocks to go along with that.

Players like Sam Dekker and Ben Brust will still have to play very good basketball if the Badgers are going to make the Final Four.


Wisconsin looked very good in its Sweet 16 matchup. It only allowed 52 points against Baylor. The Bears scored 85 against Creighton in the round of 32. If Johnson can come up clutch and if Arizona can play amazing defense like it has all season long, the No. 1 seed Wildcats will go on to play in the Final Four. However, I have to go with the upset. Sean Miller is a great coach and Arizona is easily one of the best teams, but the Badgers look like the better team right now.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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