Kentucky vs Wisconsin: Twitter Reacts as Undefeated Wildcats Upset in Final Four

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts late in the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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He who laughs last, laughs best. And nobody will be enjoying Saturday night more than the Wisconsin Badgers players and fans after the Big Ten champions upset the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 71-64, thus ending Kentucky's bid for perfection.

ESPN's Jayson Stark noted how long Wisconsin has had to wait for another opportunity to win a national championship:

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Last time Wisconsin played in an NCAA title game, Ted Williams was about to start down the road to hitting .400. #1941

As if simply reaching the national title game wasn't enough for Wisconsin, it got its revenge against the Wildcats, who beat the Badgers at the same stage of last year's NCAA tournament.

Frank Kaminsky had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, with Sam Dekker chipping in 16 points of his own. As a whole, the Badgers out-rebounded Kentucky by 12 and held the Wildcats to just five three-point opportunities.

Wisconsin also closed the game exceptionally well, going on a 15-4 run to secure the triumph, per ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Wisconsin: outscored Kentucky 15-4 over final 4:26 (trailed 60-56 entering that stretch)

As you'd expect with such a massive result, social media was abuzz after the game.

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CBS Sports' Matt Norlander is already envisioning a flourishing market of apparel and memorabilia celebrating the occasion:

Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

They will sell 38-1 shirts in Madison for the next 100 years.

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown joked that the Big Ten is now the epicenter of college sports, between Wisconsin's win and the Ohio State Buckeyes' national championship in college football:

Matt Brown @MattBrownCFB

Obviously becoming increasingly clear that the Big Ten is the only college sports conference that matters

Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry wondered who's actually happier right now: Wisconsin or the Duke Blue Devils, who no longer have to play Kentucky in the national championship:

Kirk Goldsberry @kirkgoldsberry

Who's more likely to storm the court?Wisconsin fans or the Duke team?

ESPN's J.A. Adande is a bit disappointed that he won't see the dynamic created by the highly anticipated Duke versus Kentucky matchup anymore:

J.A. Adande @jadande

I wanted to see a UK shot at perfection & Duke in the underdog role for 1st time since 1991. But Wisconsin once again came through in clutch

Edward Aschoff of ESPN.com was one of many wondering how Drake took the defeat:

Edward Aschoff @AschoffESPN

Someone please go check on Drake and see if he’s OK ... Or has Duke gear on

Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv posted the comments from Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Willie Cauley-Stein after the game:

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria

Willie Cauley-Stein: "We'll never be the same team like this again...WE got a month of school left and that's it."

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria

Calipari: "These kids wanted to win in the worst way but you gotta give Wisconsin credit."

The Cauldron's Andy Glockner doesn't think one loss wipes out everything Kentucky achieved this year:

Linguistic Quirks @AndyGlockner

Seriously, 38-0 is nuts. Wisconsin's a terrific team. No shame for UK in the heartbreak. #sports

Meanwhile, the outlook couldn't be any more different in Madison. The campus police in Wisconsin tweeted that the downtown streets were already beginning to fill up only minutes after the final whistle:

UW-Madison Police @UWMadisonPolice

500/600 block of State Street 100% packed with happy #Badgers fans. Celebrate big but be safe and responsible, folks! http://t.co/uzFO7yrBwe

Of course, as Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis pointed out, the Badgers players won't have long to celebrate before they're back on the court:

Seth Davis @SethDavisHoops

Badgers have to put the euphoria of this win behind them pretty quick. Postgame now on TBS.

The national championship is scheduled for Monday night at 9:18 p.m. ET.

The Badgers and Blue Devils met earlier in the year, with Duke earning an 80-70 victory in Madison.

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