Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin): Wisconsin's offensive numbers are deceptive. The Badgers have averaged 73.5 points per game this season (92nd overall). But they're fourth in adjusted offensive efficiency per Ken Pomeroy. Arizona, their Elite Eight opponent, had been the No. 1 team per Ken Pomeroy's adjusted defensive efficiency ratings for months. But the Badgers scored 1.05 points per possession against that stubborn unit. Coach Bo Ryan's offense has talent ( Sam Dekker might be a first-round pick whenever he decides to leave) and variety (five Badgers shoot 38 percent or better from the 3-point line). Frank Kaminsky is the anchor. Can Wisconsin beat Kentucky? Well, the Badgers were successful against a better defense last weekend. Kaminsky had 28 points (3-for-5 from the 3-point line) and 11 rebounds. He's the 7-foot, 234-pound quagmire who makes every Wisconsin dream seem possible. Who guards him? Will Calipari put Randle on him? Maybe. But how comfortable will the Kentucky freshman be guarding Kaminsky in space? Maybe they'll use the more mobile Alex Poythress (who is 6-8) and just deal with the height advantage that Kaminsky will have.
Regardless, Kaminsky (18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 7 total blocks in the tourney) could be a problem. It's difficult for any team to adjust to a squad that has a 7-footer who shoots 38 percent from the 3-point line. But that's exactly what the field has faced with Kaminsky, the toughest matchup in Arlington. Ryan can do things in his offense that few teams can match with Kaminsky's versatility. He's a threat all over the floor. And he's constantly moving. Defenses have to deal with that. But if the best defense in the country couldn't handle him, Kentucky could have its hands full against him, too.