I refuse to take anything away from the Wisconsin Badgers, but there’s no denying that center Frank Kaminsky is the reason the team is in the Final Four.
Sam Dekker was 2-for-5 and looked nervous every time he touched the ball. John Gasser was 1-for-5, Ben Brust was 2-for-7, Nigel Hayes was 2-for-8 and star point guard Traevon Jackson was 4-for-14. If that knowledge had been given prior to the start of the Elite Eight matchup between Wisconsin and the Arizona Wildcats, most fans never would have believed the outcome would be the same. Of course, once Kaminsky’s school record 11 field goals and 28 points became known, it’s no wonder why the Badgers won.
Arizona has one of the best defenses in college basketball, and even they couldn’t slow down the big man. Kaminsky’s ability to work inside while also knock down shots from beyond the arc is the reason why he’s the most dangerous player in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. He has a big presence on defense and he cleans up the boards. More importantly, he’s an offensive machine who will not only take over games, but also open up opportunities for his teammates.
If Wisconsin wants to clinch a berth in the championship game, they will need more than just Kaminsky. The offense must be even more efficient than it has been in the tournament. The defense must be stifling.
The good news for Wisconsin is that they have two factors that no other team can match. They play for head coach Bo Ryan’s pride. All that matters now is getting one of the most underrated coaches in college basketball a national championship ring. Also, they have Kaminsky, who is playing on another level. The Badgers can use his confidence to bolster their own, which makes them a very dangerous team.