It was a dominant second half led by Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker that sent Wisconsin to their second straight Final Four. Dekker hit 5 of the team's 10 second-half 3-pointers, as he finished with a career-high 27 points. Kaminsky added 29 points, as Wisconsin held as low as a 5-point lead with 2:30 left in the game before holding Arizona off.
Dekker had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Badgers' win over North Carolina in the Sweet 16.
Rondae Holliss-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 17 points for the Wildcats, while T.J. McConnell added 14 points, and Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York each finished with 11.
Wisconsin finished 10-of-12 from 3-point range in the second half, and finished shooting a season-high 67 percent overall from beyond the arc. The Badgers defeated the Wildcats in Anaheim last year in overtime in the Elite Eight, when the teams' seeds were reversed.
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats had their toughest scare of the season, but got the game-winning free throws from Andrew Harrison to hold off the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Jerian Grant missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.The Wildcats are looking to become the first undefeated champion in 39 years.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead the top team in the country. Zach Auguste scored 20, Steve Vasturia contributed 16, and Grant finished with 15 for the Fighting Irish, who were playing in their first regional final in 36 years.
The Wildcats are now the 13th team to enter the Final Four undefeated, 7 of which have won the title. 2 were runner ups and 3 lost in the Final Four. Kentucky was able to hold Notre Dame scoreless in their final 3 possessions of the game. The Wildcats offensively finished 9-for-9 to outscore Notre Dame 24-18 after trailing 48-44 with 11 minutes remaining.
The win sets up the Final Four rematch with the Player of the Year favorite in Kaminsky and the Big Ten Champion Badgers. Wisconsin has gone through a run very similar to last year's tourney, but looks to change the outcome of this part. The Wildcats hope history repeats themselves, as they look to make history by remaining perfect. These two teams will meet in Indianapolis on Saturday night.