Wisconsin clinched its first trip to the Final Four since 2000 in dramatic fashion, pulling out a 64-63 overtime victory over top-seeded Arizona on Saturday night in the West Regional final at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
The second-seeded Badgers (30-7) rode the inside-outside game of Frank Kaminsky and tenacious defense to send coach Bo Ryan to his first Final Four after 704 career victories.
Wisconsin had to survive late drama to advance, including a lengthy video review on an out-of-bounds ball that awarded Arizona possession with 2.3 seconds left in OT. The Badgers then prevented Arizona's Nick Johnson from getting a shot off.
Kaminsky, who scored 28 points, put Wisconsin up for good on a turnaround jumper with 2:21 left in overtime, breaking a 59-59 tie. Arizona (33-5) pulled within 64-63 with 58 seconds left on a putback by Jordin Mayes, then held for a final shot after a defensive stop. However, Johnson was called for a push-off on a drive with four seconds to go.
Arizona forced overtime on a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk on a Johnson airball with 36 seconds left, then Traevon Jackson missed on an outside jumper with three seconds left on the other end.
Kaminsky was nearly unstoppable for the Badgers, scoring his 28 on 11-of-20 shooting that was a mix of layups and putbacks inside and 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range. He also had 11 rebounds.
Johnson scored 16 points for Arizona, but was just 6-of-17 from the field including the miss at the end of regulation, while Aaron Gordon had eight points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
Arizona's inability to keep the ball from Kaminsky was the difference in the game. No matter who was guarding him, he found a way to get his shot off, or if not involved in the initial attempt, the 7-footer was there for the rebound and the putback.
Wisconsin will face Kentucky, a team that defeated Michigan in the Midwest region final, in one of the two Final Four games to be played on Saturday.
Update by Brian J. Pedersen