2015 NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Arizona Preview

    No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Arizona Why Wisconsin will win: Wisconsin showed its versatility vs. North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Sam Dekker stepped up when

    March 27, 2015

    No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Arizona

    Why Wisconsin will win: Wisconsin showed its versatility vs. North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Sam Dekker stepped up when Frank Kaminsky got off to a slow start, and Dekker’s ability to take over games inside makes UW even more dangerous. Kaminsky has a variety of moves inside, and his creativity on the floor will give the Wildcats headaches. UW won’t make a lot of mistakes, and that’s a testament to this team’s maturity. Forward Nigel Hayes brings athleticism to the floor, and guard Bronson Koenig and Josh Gasser can both stretch the defense. The Badgers don’t run deep, but they never get uncomfortable on the floor.

    Why Arizona will win: The Wildcats are long and athletic, and they can come at teams in a lot of different ways. Kaleb Tarczewski can battle UW’s Frank Kaminsky inside. Stanley Johnson and Brandon Ashley can work to handle Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes, and all three will have the advantage in terms of quickness. Then you have Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a tough swingman who can beat anyone off the dribble. The X-factor could be the production from guard T.J. McConnell. If McConnell is shooting well, the Badgers will be in a lot of trouble because his perimeter work opens the floor for his teammates.

    What will happen: Frank Kaminsky is a special player, and he knows how to battle against both bigger guys and opponents who are more athletic. Wisconsin won’t get sped up or taken out of their game, and their discipline will lead to some mistakes from Arizona. This one should be a war, but we see UW’s steady execution wearing down the Wildcats late.

    Prediction: Wisconsin 63, Arizona 60

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