Jahlil Okafor and Frank Kaminsky were key figures in the national title game.
Two of the five first-team All-American members hail from the Chicago area.
The Badgers keep it loose to numb the pressure they face.
It was Sam Dekker on the outside, and Frank Kaminsky all over the court. Duje Dukan provided a lift when he checked into the game, and Nigel Hayes had his share of positive moments.
A Chicago native, Okafor is the third freshman in the past five years to be bestowed the honor and expectations.
“We have a lot of expectations of ourselves,”Frank Kaminsky says.
Big Ten basketball media day is upon us, and the season’s just around the corner.
The wildest NCAA Tournament of the modern era culminates with an 8 seed versus a 7 seed for the championship. Kentucky, a 74-73 winner over Wisconsin on Saturday, will face Connecticut, which upset Florida 64-53.
One way or another, Shabazz Napier, Frank Kaminsky and Andrew Harrison will be difference makers.
The star of this year’s NCAA Tournament wasn’t heavily recruited. And the man who ultimately found Frank Kaminsky is now the head coach at UIC.
Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.
There are no Illinois teams in the NCAA Tournament, but there are plenty of Illinois products.
Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and No. 4 Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to easily beat No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night.
Senior Jordan Taylor scored 16 points in his final home game, helping No. 14 Wisconsin beat Illinois 70-56 on Sunday in both teams’ regular season finale.