Contrasting Kentucky, Wisconsin meet at Final Four

Published On: Apr 05 2014 03:33:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2014 03:45:38 PM CDT
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They play the same game, though they come at it from opposite sides of the court.

Kentucky has a coach, John Calipari, labeled a renegade, a rotating stable of McDonald's All-Americans and sky high expectations every year.

Wisconsin has a coach, Bo Ryan, who has stayed firmly in one state for three decades, a lineup filled with juniors and seniors and an aw-shucks attitude about its first trip to the Final Four in more than a decade.

They meet Saturday in the national semifinals -- the One-and-Done Wildcats (28-10) two wins from the program's ninth national title and the Badgers (30-7) making their first trip this far in the tournament since 2000.

The winner will face either Florida or Connecticut in the final Monday night.

PG Jackson makes name for himself at Wisconsin

Published On: Apr 05 2014 03:40:00 PM CDT


Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson has one up on his famous father when it comes to accomplishments on the basketball court.

Jim Jackson was a two-time All-American at Ohio State, but never played in the Final Four.

He'll be watching Saturday night when Traevon guides the Badgers into a national semifinal against Kentucky.

Like other Badgers, the younger Jackson struggled during a midseason slump when Wisconsin went 1-5. Turnovers were up, and the shooting percentage was down.
He has played much better since then. The assist-to-turnover ratio has improved. Jackson is shooting 89 percent from the foul line in the tournament.

Assistant coach Gary Close says Jackson is a tireless worker who has created his own niche in the family by getting to the Final Four.

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