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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW faces Kentucky again in Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS -- Repeating a win over Arizona in the Elite Eight game last weekend, now the Wisconsin Badgers try to turn the tables on undefeated Kentucky in another rematch. 

The Wildcats are five-point favorites in tonight’s game in Indianapolis which starts at about 7:50 p.m Central time.  When these two teams met in the semifinals of the Final Four last season in Dallas, Kentucky prevailed 74-73.  Coach Bo Ryan has at least three future NBA players on the court – Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes – but, the Badgers know they have no edge in talent.  Their game plan is the same as it has been all season:  protect the ball, play tight defense and take the right shots and make them.

Kaminsky wins 58 of 65 votes in Player of the Year voting

INDIANAPOLIS -- Frank Kaminsky is the first University of Wisconsin player ever named the AP College Basketball Player of the Year.  Kaminsky got 58 of the 65 votes cast by the national media panel.  Far behind, in second place, was Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor with five votes.  Kaminsky averaged 18.7 points and eight rebounds-per-game, shooting almost 55-percent from the floor and more than 41-percent from outside the three-point line.  He has led his Wisconsin team to a 35-3 record and a berth in tonight’s game against undefeated Kentucky.  Kaminsky is the third Big Ten player to win the award in the last six seasons, following Ohio State’s Evan Turner in 2010 and Michigan’s Trey Burke in 2013.

Bucks snap road losing streak

BOSTON -- An 18-2 surge in the third period helped the Milwaukee Bucks avoid their 12th straight loss in a road game.  The Bucks’ first win away from the Bradley Center came against the Celtics in the Boston Garden, 110-101.  Ersan Ilyasova scored 11 of Milwaukee’s 18 in the second-half rally.  O.J. Mayo led the Bucks with 24 points as his team held onto sixth place in the Eastern Conference, maintaining a two-and-a-half game lead over Brooklyn.  The Bucks shared the ball, coming up with an assist on 31 of their 45 buckets. Milwaukee hosts Orlando tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Brewers down Cleveland 6-3

PHOENIX -- Second baseman Scooter Gennett drove in three runs, while going two-for-three, as the Milwaukee Brewers doubled Cleveland Friday, 6-3.  Gennett doubled in Jean Segura in the second inning, then singled in two more in the third as the Crew piled up six runs off Carlos Carrasco.  First baseman Adam Lind pounded his second homerun of the spring.  Carrasco took the loss.  Brewers starter Wily Peralta went four-and-two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  He is scheduled to start the third game of the regular season next Wednesday against Colorado.  Jimmy Nelson starts the last Cactus League game this afternoon at 2:05 p.m.

Smart to become new Texas head coach

AUSTIN, Tex. -- The University of Texas got its man when they signed Shaka Smart to lead their basketball program in Austin.  The Wisconsin native was a star playing guard for Oregon High School in Dane County when he was a teenager.  Smart replaces Rick Barnes who was forced out.  Barnes is now the head coach at Tennessee.  Smart has earned a national reputation over the last six seasons at Virginia Commonwealth, taking the Rams to the Final Four in 2011 and averaging more than 27 wins-per-season.

Wilson tied for sixth in Houston Open

HOUSTON, Tex. -- Pewaukee native Mark Wilson has been strong in the first two rounds of the Shell Houston Open.  The Wisconsin golfer fired a solid six-under-par 66 Friday to go nine-under for the first 36 holes.  He is tied for sixth and is only three shots behind the leader, Andrew Putnam.  Phil Mickelson and Austin Cook are tied for second going into today’s third round in Texas, but rain is in the forecast and it is expected to interrupt play.  Madison golfer Jerry Kelly missed the cut.



--American Hockey League Texas 3, Milwaukee 2 (SO)