Duke and Michigan State both punched their ticket into the NCAA Final Four semifinals this Saturday after winning their regional title games on Sunday.
The Blue Devils knocked off Gonzaga 66-52 to advance to the Final Four for the 16th time and 12th under coach Mike Krzyzewski, matching the all-time record of UCLA’s John Wooden.
Duke (33-4) will face Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinal. The Spartans knocked off Louisville 76-70 in overtime, advancing to the Final Four for the ninth time, with seven of those nine under Tom Izzo.
Both Wisconsin and Kentucky advanced with wins on Saturday.
The Badgers won the West Region for the second straight season, both times with wins over Arizona. The Badgers (35-3) knocked off the Wildcats 85-78 on Saturday. Frank Kaminsky poured in 29 points and Sam Dekker added a career high 27. The Badgers advanced to the Final Four for the second straight season and the fourth time overall. They’ll tip-off against Kentucky at 7:49 on Saturday night.
Kentucky held off upset-minded Notre Dame 68-66 in Saturday’s other regional title game.
Badgers scoring big
The Badgers are averaging 80.5 points a game during the NCAA tournament. They rank number-1 in scoring among teams that have played at least two games.
Individually, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker rank 1-2 in the NCAA in points scored among all participants.
The Badgers have the day off today. They’ll return to the practice floor on Tuesday, getting ready for Saturday’s game against Kentucky.