Showing posts with label Frank Kaminsky. Show all posts
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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Frank Kaminsky, Badgers Send Kentucky Home; Duke Hammers Spartans; Blue Devils Face Wisconsin in Monday Championship

National Semi-Finals
College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, April 4, 2015

(1) Duke 81 (7) Michigan State 61 - So much for hype. In terms of excitement, this one was definitely snooze button material. No wonder these semi-finals are televised on TBS. Once Duke established a lead - about midway through the first half - they never looked back and led by 11 at the break.

The Blue Devils expanded their lead to as many as 20 points. Michigan State never got closer than 13 after Duke made the opening three buckets of the second half. Justise Winslow led Duke with 19 points, followed by Jahlil Okafor's 18 and 17 from Quinn Cook. Statistically, the game was decided at the foul line. Duke went to the line 37 times and made 27. The Spartans had 16 free throw attempts and made 10.

The only remaining question is when do the "I Hate Coach K" tee-shirts go on sale?

(1) Wisconsin 71 (1) Kentucky 64 - Wisconsin engineered a 15-4 run to close out the game, ending Kentucky's unbeaten streak at 38 games. The Badgers seemed desperate with under five minutes remaining, but Sam Dekker's jumper at 4:28 got the Badgers rolling. Outstanding defense against the Wildcats throughout, but especially at crunch time keyed the Badger victory. Kentucky made just one of eight attempts from the field in the final 5:30.

The Badgers led most of the first half, but Kentucky managed to claw back into the fray leaving the two teams deadlocked at intermission.

Wisconsin shot 47% (13-28) in the first half; Kentucky, 60% (15-25), but The Badgers out-rebounded Kentucky, 15-10, seven of Wisconsin's boards coming on the offensive end. Kentucky was just 11-for-29 (19%) in the second half. Wisconsin finished at 48% (23-48).

Frank Kaminsky led all scorers with 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocked shots. Amazingly, Wisconsin ended the game with an enormous edge on the boards, out-rebounding the Wildcats, 34-22.

The Badgers will face the Duke Blue Devils for the National Championship, Monday night, April 6.

Conference Power Scoreboard
Conference W-L Winners (# of Ws)
ACC 17-6 Notre Dame (3), NC State (2), North Carolina (2), Arkansas (1), Virginia (1). Louisville (3), Duke (5)
Big East 5-6 Butler (1), Xavier (2), Villanova (1), Georgetown (1)
Big Ten 12-6 Ohio State (1), Michigan St. (4), Maryland (1), Iowa (1), Wisconsin (5)
Big 12 5-7 Kansas (1), West Virginia (2), Oklahoma (2)
Pac-12 8-4 UCLA (2), Arizona (3), Utah (2), Oregon (1)
SEC 5-5 Ole Miss (1), Kentucky (4)
All Others 14-32 Hampton(1), Robert Morris (1), Dayton (1), UAB (1), Georgia St. (1), Cincinnati (1), N. Iowa (1), Wichita St. (2), San Diego State (1), Gonzaga (3), Dayton (1)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky Propel Wisconsin into Final Four; Kentucky's Karl Anthony Townes Leads Wildcats over Fighting Irish

Elite Eight Results, College Hoops
Players of the Day for Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Region
(1) Wisconsin 85 (2) Arizona 78 - After hitting just one of their first eight shots and falling behind by a 10-2 score, Arizona gained some composure and outscored the Badgers 31-20, finishing the first half with a 33-30 advantage.

Wisconsin countered with a 14-3 run to begin the second half and carried that momentum through to victory. Briefly, the Wildcats got to within two points early in the half, but never substantially threatened Wisconsin's lead. Frank Kaminsky was spectacular in the low post with 29 points and six rebounds, all the while putting virtually all Arizona front line players in foul trouble. Sam Dekker was enormous for the Badgers, with 27 points, making eight of 11 from the field, including 5-for-6 from three-point range, plus six of seven free throws and five boards.

Both teams shot 56% for the game, but the Badgers were 12-for-18 beyond the arc, a 67% clip.

Midwest Region
(1) Kentucky 68 (3) Notre Dame 66 - Games like this one are why the NCAA tournament has become one of the premier sporting events on the world stage. Both teams played with commitment and desire and the outcome was not sure until the final buzzer, in between the action punctuated by compelling play after play, from both sides.

Eventually, Andrew Harrison's two free throws with six seconds left to play provided the winning margin, though the game would not have been so close if not for the effort of Kentucky's Karl Anthony Townes, who rang up a game-high 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field and five of six from the foul line. Townes also grabbed five rebounds, dished four assists, made two steals and blocked a shot.

If not one of the greatest college basketball games of all time, this certainly is one in which all participants can enjoy in proud memory. There were no goats, and no gaffes. Only winners. All of us.

The Wisconsin Badgers and Kentucky Wildcats meet in a Final Four match-up Saturday, April 4.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Round of 64 Late Friday Games; Joseph Young and Ducks Soar in Win over Ok. St.; Frank Kaminsky, Badgers Advance

Round of 64 Late Friday Scores and Highlights
College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, March 20, 2015

(8) Oregon 79, (9) Oklahoma State 73 - A statistically close game, as the score indicates, the real difference was that Oregon simply shot the lights out, especially late in the contest, hitting a cool 55% from the field, and from the foul line, where they went 14-for-18 (78%). Of all the Ducks, the loudest quacks came from Joseph Young, who led all scorers with 27 points.

Young played all 40 minutes, hit eight of 15 from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, and was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Young also had four rebounds, four assists, a steal and did not commit a single foul. Exceptional.

Of the seven teams that came to the tourney from the Big 12, Oklahoma State was the fourth to lose in the opening round, joining Iowa State, Baylor and Texas on the bus back home. Kansas, West Virginia and Oklahoma remain alive.

(1) Duke 85, (16) Robert Morris 56 - As expected, the Blue Devils simply blew out their opponents from the Northeast Conference, blistering the nets at a 63% rate for the game. Quinn Cook had 22, Jahlil Okafor, 21.

(7) Iowa 83, (10) Davidson 52 - Iowa shot 51% for the game and turned this 7-10 match-up into a complete rout, registering the biggest blowout of the day. The win was the first in the tournament for the Hawkeyes since 2001.

(3) Oklahoma 69, (14) Albany 60 - The Sooners took a nine-point lead into half time and maintained it to move forward.

(1) Wisconsin 86, (16) Coastal Carolina 72 - The more resembled a scrimmage or shoot-around from Wisconsin's perspective, as they were never threatened. Frank Kaminsky was tops in scoring, rebounding and assists, with 27, 12 and 4.

(8) San Diego St 76, (9) St. John's 64 - With 6:25 left in the first half, Dwayne Polee II connected on a three-pointer to give the Aztecs a two-point advantage and they were never tied nor gave up the lead after that, holding the Red Storm at a comfortable distance throughout the remainder of the game.

(2) Gonzaga 86, (15) North Dakota St. 76 - The Bison hung in for the first seven minutes of the game, at which point the Zags took the lead for good. Gonzaga established and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the festivities.

(11) Dayton 66, (6) Providence 53 - Representing well for the Atlantic 10, Dayton kept the Friars at bay throughout the second half and were not threatened late.

Conference Power Scoreboard
Conference W-L Winners (# of Ws)
ACC 7-0 Notre Dame (1), NC State (1), North Carolina (1), Arkansas (1), Virginia (1), Duke (1), Louisville (1)
Big East 4-2 Butler (1), Xavier (1), Villanova (1), Georgetown (1)
Big Ten 5-2 Ohio State (1), Michigan St. (1), Maryland (1), Iowa (1), Wisconsin (1)
Big 12 3-4 Kansas (1), West Virginia (1), Oklahoma (1)
Pac-12 4-0 UCLA (1), Arizona (1), Utah (1), Oregon (1)
SEC 2-3 Ole Miss (1), Kentucky (1)
All Others 11-24 Hampton(1), Robert Morris (1), Dayton (1), UAB (1), Georgia St. (1), Cincinnati (1), N. Iowa (1), Wichita St. (1), San Diego State (1), Gonzaga (1), Dayton (1)

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Frank Kaminsky's 31 Points Powers Wisconsin past Michigan State to Share of Big Ten Crown

College Hoops Player of the Day for Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's no secret that the Wisconsin Badgers are odds-on to win the regular season title in the Big Ten. Sunday's 68-61 win over a struggling Michigan State squad earned the Badgers a share of the title, with remaining games on the road, at Minnesota and Ohio State. A win in either of those, or a loss by Maryland, would secure the championship.

Frank Kominsky's 31 points and eight rebounds helped secure the win over Michigan State. Kaminsky, widely regarded as a bona fide player of the year candidate, added two assists, three steals and three blocked shots, an impressive performance as the Badgers regained their winning ways after last week's 59-53 loss at Maryland, which snapped a ten-game winning streak.

The victory moved #5 Wisconsin to 26-3 overall with a 14-2 mark in conference play. The Spartans fell to 19-10 with a 10-6 mark in the Big Ten, a precarious position for a perennial NCAA tourney participant.

Conference tournaments commence within days, though the Big Ten will be one of the later affairs, beginning mid-next week.

Selection Sunday is just two weeks off, on March 15.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Frank Kaminsky Powers Wisconsin Past Arizona into Final Four; Florida Forward over Dayton

College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, March 29, 2014

In the end, basketball is a team sport, but it really helps your chances of winning when you have a seven-footer who can score nearly half of your team's points in big games.

That's the nature of Wisconsin and its star center, Frank Kaminsky, who scored 28 points for the Badgers in their 64-63 OT win over Arizona in the West regional final.

The junior from Lisle, Illinois with the smooth touch outside and deft moves inside, hit 11 of 20 shots from the field, including three of five from three-point range and three of four from the foul line, leading the Badgers into the Final Four. In 37 minutes of playing time, Kaminsky also collected 11 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive boards, key to keeping the ball alive for the Wisconsin offense and getting more than their fair share of second chance points.

Due to the ruggedly defensive nature of the game, Wisconsin shot just 39.3%; Arizona was only marginally better, at 39.8%.

The Badgers head to Dallas to meet up with the winner of Sunday's Kentucky-Michigan Midwest final in one of the two semi-final games.

The Florida Gators, #1 overall seed in the tournament, ground out a 62-52 victory over the Dayton Flyers, the #11 seed out of the South region. They reach the Final Four and look forward to playing the winner of Sunday's East region final between Michigan State and Connecticut.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky Shatters School Record with 43 Points in Badger Victory

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ranked #12 in the latest AP poll, the Wisconsin Badgers appear to be building a force in the Big Ten, ready to challenge a loaded field of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Indiana when the conference schedule begins in January.

For now, Wisconsin is cruising through a solid non-conference schedule and are 4-0. Having already bettered St. John's, Florida and Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Badgers welcomed North Dakota into the Kohl Center for some hoops, coming away with a 103-85 victory.

Led by Frank Kaminsky's school-record 43 points, the Badgers rained down threes on the visitors, six of them from Kaminsky, who made all of his long-range shots and was 16-for-19 overall.

While he was kept busy scoring in his 28 minutes of court time, Kaminsky managed to haul in three boards and a steal. Totaling 21 in the first half and 22 in the second, Kaminsky, a junior forward whose previous high this season was a mere 16 points, shattered his own personal high and put up more points than any Division-I player this season.

His effort overshadowed the 39-point barrage put up by Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, in the #7 Cowboys' 101-80 win over #11 Memphis.

Kaminsky, a seven-footer, displayed a deft touch from long range, adding five of six from the foul line.

Next up for the Badgers is another home game against Bowling Green, this Thursday night.