Go close game down to the wire...
Final Four: Kentucky/Wisconsin [open thread] + Saturday Night Drinking Thread
Such charisma. Very entertaining.
A 6-pack of Stella Artois will be my Wisconsin-Kentucky viewing partner. I hydrated well during the Duke-MSU game, mostly on Tom Izzo's tears.
Started with Summer Shandy. On to Buffalo Trace. Best value in bourbon if you ask me
Lovely! A truly great bourbon.
Started with Summer Shandy. On to Buffalo Trace. Best value in bourbon if you ask me
Totally agree on the Buffalo Trace. Would be a bargain at twice the price.
Stella??? What did you already run out of Heineken?
On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin....
Come on, Legion of Bug Men. Beat the Fighting One and Doners.
Also Rhinegeist Zen.
Nice choice. Are you near Cincy, or has their distribution grown that much?
I just finished off some Rhinegeist Hustle and have moved on to all day IPA.
In Cincy. I prefer MadTree but the bar I'm at is heavy on Rhinegeist.
Hard to go wrong either way. Both breweries put out some great stuff.
Also--which bar? I almost never get out any more....
Arlin's in Clifton.
Gonna b a good game, with the Wildcats pulling away in the second stanza.
Game #1 went as expected. Made a grand on Duke and covered with a 14pt cushion. That couldn't have went any better. Now knockout Calipari's Evil Empire.
Shots on you.
in dirty glasses
Drinks are on RobM_24!!
a Hello post? It has been like hours.
It has been a kind day indeed - I enjoyed myself at the Spring Game, I watched Duke preserve remaining decent brackets and I am now sitting down with some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I found hiding in the back of the fridge. I am decent at sniffing out stray beer in fridges like that - it is one of the few practical talents I can claim.
I too have the same talents for I have found rebel IPAs, awe yeaa
I have the talent of never being able to lose track of a beer in the fridge.
Gin and tonic, looking forward to Wisconsin vs. Kentucky....
Why the fuck am I all of a sudden listening to awful "music"?
Looking forward to a great game. Stone IPA with some pizza
Abita - AndyGator. A tasty Helles Doppelbock
Winner gets to flay that paragon of moral rectitude on Monday!
Not particularly fond of either team and their ability to beat us on buzzer beaters, but I hope Wisconsin takes Kentucky down tonight. Would like to see a Big Ten team win it, and also, it'd be nice to see the under-recruited, but well-coached team take down a team that's essentially a bunch of one and done Monstars that can usually get by on talent alone.
Kentucky didn't watch a single minute of film for this game. Because of course.
I was listening to the Harbaugh presser instead of the Sir Charles/Rihanna mash-up between the games. Did they really say that? They really are determined to make everyone hate them, aren't they?
Straight from Tracy Wolfson.
I think you're going to need it...
Couldn't find my Oberon today so, on Yuengling!!!
They already did, wearing those petticoat unis.
Who actually thought these uniforms were a good idea? I keep thinking their pants are falling off or everyone on Wisco had a super long torso and wears super wide white belts
Wisconsin Badgers, sponsored by Captain Underpants!
Does Kentucky have anyone from Kentucky that actually plays?
I wouldn't have guessed that is Rex Chapman.
Couldn't do it much worse
Kentucky just started out making more plays, but there are 7-8 draft picks on the floor at any given time. This is a quality basketball game, period.
Wiscy's going to need two hearts to pull this one out.
We have to listen to the Kentucky radio network too?
Basketball is dead to me.
I hate these final four games. They look terrible on any tv smaller than a garage door. I have a 52" tv and I can barely make out who's who.
Also Adidas uniforms are turrible.
Fun game. Like the 1st half of our NC game.
You could put 3 kindergardners in a room and they would create a better design than Adidas. Incredible.
What makes you think that's not what Addidas did?
"Hey have you seen the line tool on this program 'Microsoft Paint'? And this fill button is incredible!" - Adidas designers
This team stream thing is kind of neat
Lots of content but there is a lot of filler too, I've had it for years now
Agreed. I listened/watched to a little of the Duke one to check it out (couldn't bring myself to listen the Sparty one). Definitely neat for the homers..
Umm.....I know this is late to the thread, but the Wisconsin Adidas uniforms are hideous.
So how does Indianapolis get the Final Four twice in five years? Can Detroit ever get it again?
A lot of it has to do with:
- Downtown Indy is not really business centric. It has wide streets. its easy to navigate, and its setup really nice for big events.
- The convention center is amazing there and everyting from great hotels, eateries, shopping mall, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Fieldhouse, etc... are all within walking distance of each other. Very fan friendly in that regard.
- The NCAA headquarters being there helps sway things too.
Kentucky's coaching is terrible. All they do is try to get the ball in the post, and if that action is denied, they have one player at a time try to freestyle their way into a bucket occassionally with the help of a screen. They rely on individual talent rather than team play.
When you recruit 4-5 McDonalds All Americans every year and you play in a shitty basketball conference, you don't necessarily need coaching to get by.
Honestly, Calipari could just let these kids play street ball and they'd still beat most everyone they play.
F you Calipari, you hack. You're only as good as the NBA one-and-done's that you can "convince" to come and hang out at Kentucky for a year. They leave only as good as they come in, never better.
...but Grant Hill is awful.
This game is hard for me to pick a side. Wisky winning is good for the Big10. However, I was born in Lexington and my mother is a UK alum. She even dated a backup center on the infamous Rupp team that played Texas Western. My uncle is an alum and most of my mothers side was born in Ky. With that being said my dad went to UM and married my mother and got the hell out of Ky as fast as possible so On Wisconsin!
UW came to play that is for sure. I'm lovin it so far.
Decker finally doing what I thought he would/could do since he arrived as a freshman
He is a beast.
I like the way Wisconsin is holding their own early against Kentucky. I think that’s a real good sign for things to come.
Kentucky has dominated some teams early to the point you can tell it’s not going to be much of a game.
I really want to dislike Wisconsin, but I can't, and I respect them as a program. I can't say the same for Kentucky. Maybe I'm reading too much into this but I see this as the fight for the soul of college basketball. Good vs. Evil. Go Badgers!
While Wisconsin is frustrating to play against, I can't work up a hatred of them when they're not playing us. It'd be good for the B1G to win a national title - provided that team isn't MSU or OSU.
That's the way I feel about it too. I'm all for Big 10 support, but I'm not rooting for MSU or OSU to win any National titles. Everybody else is pretty much okay with me.
More like annoying versus evil, but I get your point.
Hope the Pistons take him
I've been going back and forth about whether I want the Pistons to draft him. The way he's playing right now, does make me lean toward having him as a Pistons' small forward.
Reminds me of Toni Kukoc.
On a big stage like this, should be interesting to see how Kentucky with their youngins respond to playing from behind.
Dekker's ceiling seems to higher just due to his size. I'll take Nik on the perimeter any day.
could have become him had he stayed another year. I'm listening to Wisconsin announcers and they said Dekker put on 15-20 pounds this last off season. They were commenting on his ability to finish this year.
This is going to be one heck of a game. Wisconsin came to play, that's for sure.
Wisconsin is doing a good job of staying out of foul trouble. When they get beat, they are letting it go. They are not chasing and getting dumb, useless reaction fouls.
This Wisconsin team is legitimately fun to watch - a total departure from those hideously boring teams that won 52-50. Their skill level is awesome.
If Towns fouls out, it's over. WCS is not enough to carry KY.
Switch to TBS for Raftery and co.
Get that fucking prick Calipari off the court.
I think if basketball doesn't work out for Dekker, he could have a great career as a state trooper. The guy has the look down.
I think he's fine!
On the other hand. Yikes.
Make your fucking crossover layups and this lead is 6 instead of 2.
Wisconsin doesn't know what to do when they see a wide open lane to the basket. Second time they tried a crappy reverse layup and missed. Smh.
Wilkes College getting some love.
What'd I miss? oh great, halftime.
The best accomplishment by Kentucky is getting great players to...actually live in Kentucky.
Yeah, for 9 months.
He will be a junior next year.
Even if he was a freshman, he'd only have 3 more years. And he's not. He's a sophomore. Meaning 2 more years.
He's a sophomore. He played last year.
He's got 2 more years.
Thank you for reading the OP and making this a GREAT game.
Someone got butt hurt. I'll be nice. Kumbaya!
Oh man badgers. Please win.
Some Wisconsin turnovers and missed layups helped fuel Kentucky's run. The Wisconsin player definitely didn't read his clear open lane to the basket quick enough.
...please. Please. PLEASE! Come to Michigan.
Polishing off my 2 hearted. Undecided if I'm moving on to the Oberon or not.
Why the indecision?
Always entertaining to watch two great teams force one another to play better. Shame this isn't the title game.
six minute mark, they can win this game.
Yeah, I just hope its not another escape job by UK like vs. ND.
If Wisconsin is ahead at the end of regulation, they can win this game.
prophet for profit.
Kentucky is pretty good, so you never can count them out
Dynamite drop-in Monte. That broadcast school has really paid off!
Can manage to accumulate more points than their opponent, I like their chances
These are the two best teams in the country right here.
I just learned this via Wiki...
- AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
- Ford Field, Detroit
Georgia Dome, Atlanta
- The Georgia Dome will be replaced by a new retractable-roof stadium in 2017.
- Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
- NRG Stadium, Houston
- University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona – will host in 2017.
I hate how Calipari talks
That was a travel not a foul
I love seeing a Senior play a great game like Frank the Tank is tonight.
Kaminsky with Inspector Gadget extension for shots
Devin Booker can't play any defense.
Has made deckker some serious $$$$$$
still in the tank for UK. What UK needs to do--everything for the Kentucky perspective
You're probably watching TNT
and it's unbearable. Where else is it on?
TBS is the more objective commentary.
TruTV for Wisconin
National broadcast on TBS
The Kentucky broadcast, tru tv is Wisconsin, tbs is national
TBS, TRU TV, and NCAA March Madness Live on-line
So happy to hear Bill Raftery.
SEND IT IN!
Sorry, but that was a funny exchange. You're watching the Kentucky Team Stream. It's all about UK.
If you go to Tru TV it'll be all about Wisconsin.
TBS is the main broadcast.
Dekker has had an incredible tournament
I can't be the only one who wants to punch Calipari in the face.
You're probably in the majority of the American population.
The athletic department administrations of Memphis and Umass probably concur.
Damn Koenig with another big shot!
Spank on that ass, Wisconsin! Hey, I said that in the last game thread and it worked for Duke.
I can't believe the national semis are on TNT and TBS. AND, I can't believe they've allowed complete homerism on the broadcast. Put this over biased crap on AM radio with George Blaha where it belongs.
ESPN does the same thing with the CFP.
EDIT: I knew they had Spielman on a network. They had a Duck channel too?
Was that a heat check by Dekker?
Whine so much they should be at Duke.
Looks like a pussy. Reminds me of Saul smith from Kentucky, back in the day.
beady little eyes.
The game is so much better without ticky tack shit. Killing basketball
This is one hell of an entertaining game.
How many times can a Harrison bail UK out in critical moments and nail a three? It's so damn annoying.
That ball was stripped by a Kentucky player's balls. This is not a joke.
two balls are better than one I suppose.
These three one seeds are easily the three best teams in the nation. It's too bad Arizona wasn't the fourth one seed.
He started with blue shoes, now they are white. That seems a little unusual.
I can't be the only one that hates the "jumping into a guy while shooting to draw the foul" play
Can't stand it. It's weak as fuck and the shooter is clearly the one who initiates the contact. Very annoying.
This is nothing new
Wisconsin might be starting to crack.
Stop turning the ball over, Wisconsin!
WI has done a great job responding all game. Dekker is a ghost right now, and many guys are looking around. Who will respond?
Really fun game - reminds me of the ND-UK game.
We really need some talented bigs. Even a guy ike Auguste from ND type. A lot of length up front on these teams. Fun to watch talented big man do their thing. Too bad Mitch didnt have a younger brother.
Auguste isn't very good. He got dominated against UK. But yeah having elite bigs would be nice
20 points in 27 minutes with 9 rebounds is not getting dominated by anyone. As it was against Kentucky I'd say Auguste was the one that dominated.
He got destroyed by Towns and all of the UK big men. I'm from SB and none of my ND fan friends think he is very good. Stats are not everything. All he can do is run and dunk. He is undersized and a below average defender. He's not a complete bum but don't act like he is a big man that UM should strive to obtain.
Mitch got screwed by an idiotic rule.
Come on, Wisconsin, don't start crumbling.
Seriuosly, wtf? 5 point swing just from that.
Wisconsin is getting screwed by the refs. This is ridiculous.
Wisconsin goes on a run, UK goes on a run, they trade baskets until the end...
So it will end like last year with another dagger shot toward the end?
For all the talk of the one and done(rs) UK has two sophs and a jr on the floor. Towns had s 3.96 GPA in high school.
Which Kentucky big man went off on us last year? The guy that barely played at all until our game.
Kentucky turning up the D and rebounding. Wisconsin has to get it together.
Yeah, Flagrant 1.
But he didn't need to act like he got hit by an Oldsmobile there on the flop.
That was a punk move
He slapped him in the face and didn't even PRETEND to make it look like an accident.
Gotta be flagrant. But really, who among us has not wanted to punch Gasser at some point?
No call. That's poor.
Not a flagrant? He fucking punched him.
Not calling that a flagrant LOL the refs are in Kentucky's pocket. The UK-Duke final was too good to pass up.
That's a joke - no foul at all? It was almost a punch?
was a legitimate swing at his head. That should have been Flagrant 2.
That offensive foul is the right call, but I'm surprised there was no make up call.
Wiscy gets fucked a little now
The fix is on
They're not gonna let Wisconsin win. It's pretty obvious unfortunately.
is getting fucked by the refs.
FUCK KENTUCKY! Those cheating bastards don't deserve to win.
but you can slap to the head.
That Old Money in Lexington talks loudly
But was the correct call on the other end on the charge. Gasser acted like a little bitch though after the fact.
Wiscy has caved
Seems way more athletic than j remember from the last 3 years
J remembers a lot
Is quite large
The same thing that Hayes just got called for.
Such bullshit. The fix is now in.
We said in the first game thread that the refs in this game would probably be looking forward to helping the Duke vs Kentucky matchup happen.
Lyles punches Wisku guy in the face...no call. Umm...ok
Cuban is a tool.
has too many seniors/upper classmen to cave. As long as they don't buy into 8-on-5, they'll keep this a game.
don't get their Duke Ky dream final. Wiscy should have stayed at home.
dig in because they aren't going to get a break. It's them against Kentucky and the refs now.
Anyone else have the urge to shower after watching Calipari for two hours?
Wow, just wow. When the annoucers are incredulous about the ref's calls you know it's bad.
pathetic job of officiating. There needs to be a way these jack-offs can be fined.
pathetic job of officiating. There needs to be a way these jack-offs can be fined.
Okay, explain that call. Go.
Well, these refs are just awful.
The refs are totally on Kentuckys side! Must be it...instead of them not being a good officiating group.
Hah, freebie for Wisconsin. But the fix is in for Kentucky right?
You're not serious are you?
Wijsconsin deserved that call, or no call.
Well that was a shot clock violation..maybe these refs aren't in UK's pocket..maybe they're just entirely incompetent
God college basketball is the worst. Cut out 3/4 of these time outs
Come on, Wisconsin! Let's do this!!! They just got a big break, right there. Refs can't look at that play.
No way you can argue the refs are rooting for Kentucky. Two free points for Wisconsin. Make up for the flagrant foul. That's big.
Calipari shut the fuck up. You got away with a flagrant 1. This was the makeup call.
Dumb that it isn't used in that situation. Terrible no-call.
Biased, just incompetent
By Dekker...but again, refs are for Kentucky.
Yup. Dipped his shoulder.
Maybe Kentucky is crumbling.
Come on Wisky - send these guys home....
I think that might do it. I can't see Wisconsin blowing a lead this late with the way they shoot.
Not an offensive foul. These refs suck.
Use the shot clock, Wisconsin.
Bring it Sam!
What an absolute joke
Oh my. That one might take the cake.
in the last 35 seconds.
lol a foul where? Wisconsin is getting handed this game late.
Ok, the fix isn't in for UK. These refs are just bad...
These refs have fucked what could have been a great game
Harrison twins are frriggin clutch at the end of games.
that was a block on FK?! Come on.
Kentucky getting screwed, now.
Nuts are bigger than bowling balls
is offensive (or lack thereof)
Come on Wisconsin, get a score.
Aw, shit. If Kaminsky somehow makes, that and the free throw, it's curtains for Kentucky.
Will get a foul call every time. That was a very iffy foul.
Hit these free throws.
These refs are just fucking abysmal on both sides
Kaminsky covered like 2/3 of the frontcourt in that move. Holy hell.
That footwork man!
missing that last FT was big.
This announcer is an embarrassment to the profession. So biased towards Kentucky it's absurd.
Are you on TNT?
You're likely watching on the wrong channel.
they have a British accent? Now it is all making sense.
Are you watching one of the channels that has home team announcers?
Wow.. Didn't realize that was a thing. Just turned the volume up haha.
These refs are fucking terrible. These are the best refs they can offer for the Final Four? Laughable.
Raftery is on his game tonight. too bad his partners aren't better.
And hit your FTs.
So he gets all ball...
was a clean poke. Ball was out before he got any arm.
That's what she said.
The only saving grace of Michigan not being in this position... Blood pressure going through the roof over the bs officiating
Kaminsky has improved so much just from last year - he was athetically overwhelmed vs UK's bigs last year. This year he looks like "no sweat". That kid is amazing on how far he has come in 2 years.
Totally agree. He is so confident in his game. And Dekker is a beast.
NOW MAKE YOUR DAMN FREE THROWS!!
Apparently yes. Another great story- a backup playing like a veteran then starter goes down.
Come on, Wisconsin! This guy is 82% from the line.
Whoever wins or loses this game will feel screwed... sad considering the competition was phenomenal.
Look at he KY players. Their heads are already low.
Go Wisconsin! Fuck Kentucky.
DO NOT FOUL THE 3.
If Wiscy can win this and beat Duke - this is the best of a very bad situation all around in the Final 4.
Go Duke. Wisconsin is the worst.
I predict an and one
B1G!! Finish this Wisconsin!
Love the sad looks on Kentucky's faces. But the refs fucking up on both sides has ruined this game.