It’s what the folks in Tucson have been wanting all year: A chance to upend the team that crushed their 2014 title dreams in the Elite Eight. Today, they get what they’ve been wanting when the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats take on the No. 1 seed Wisconsin Badgers in the West region final.
A trip to Indianapolis will be granted to the winning team on Saturday night for a shot at the championship in the Final Four. Here is where you can catch the game:
Date: March 28, 2015
Teams: Arizona & Wisconsin
Tip-Off: 3:09 p.m. MST
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Stadium: Staples Center
TV Channel: TBS
A year ago, Wisconsin defeated Arizona in the Elite Eight 64-63 in an overtime thriller.
Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky led the way with 28 points and 11 rebounds. The senior will look to avoid playing in his last collegiate game on Saturday, but has a tall task at taming the Wildcats.
Arizona (34-3) has been automatic over the past month and have only lost one game since January 15, going 20-1 in that span.
Following back-to-back double-digit victories to begin the tournament, Arizona defeated Xavier 68-60 in the Sweet Sixteen to advance to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats trailed by four points with seven minutes remaining, but battled back to take down the Muskateers and walked away victorious.
There have only been nine instances in which two programs rematched in the Elite Eight after playing in the same round the year before. The odds look good for Arizona as six of the last seven teams who lost the first matchup came back to win the second year.