Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers had no problem handling Baylor as Wisconsin advanced to the Elite Eight. Kaminsky’s play at both ends of the floor has earned him NetScouts Basketball’s NCAA Tournament Player of the Day honors for games on Thursday, March 27th.
The junior center had 19 points while shooting 8-of-11 from the field to go with six blocks, four rebounds, and three assists. Wisconsin had no issues with Baylor’s zone, knocking off the Bears 69-52. Kaminsky received the ball repeatedly several feet from the basket and the Bears’ Isaiah Austin was unable to contest the shots.
“They left the middle of the zone open a bit,” Kaminsky told Diane Pucin of Journal Sentinel. “We were just able to get some easy baskets to the rim. We just kind of hammered it into the middle and made things happen.”
Kaminsky has had a much-improved junior season after only averaging 4.2 points per game as a sophomore. He’s now upped his totals to 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per contest. An intriguing aspect of 7-footer’s game is his 37 percent shooting clip from three-point range, but he didn’t attempt a three on Thursday. He was still dominant and will be key in matching up with Arizona’s loaded frontline on Saturday.
Other Thursday Game Notes
–Dayton has continued its Cinderella run into the Elite Eight after beating Stanford 82-72. Ohio State transfer Jordan Sibert led the way for the Flyers with 18 points (7-12 FG, 4-9 3FG), three rebounds, and two assists. Draft prospect Dwight Powell finished his Stanford career with 17 points and nine rebounds while junior guard Chasson Randle had 21.
-Michael Frazier II scored 19 points (7-13 FG, 5-8 3FG) and grabbed six rebounds to lead Florida past UCLA. Scottie Wilbekin added 13 and Casey Prather chipped in 12 while freshman point guard Kasey Hill had six points, 10 assists, and six rebounds off the bench. For the Bruins, Jordan Adams had a team-high 17 points while sophomore Kyle Anderson finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in what will likely be his final game before turning pro.
-In the best game of the night, Arizona topped San Diego State 70-64. Aaron Gordon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Nick Johnson all finished with 15 points despite the fact that Johnson started the game 0-of-10 from the field. The freshman tandem of Gordon and Hollis-Jefferson continue to improve with each game. Senior point guard Xavier Thames had 25 points in the loss.
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