It feels odd to call a national championship game a consolation prize, but that seemed to be the sentiment after the Wisconsin Badgers knocked off tournament favorite Kentucky on Saturday. In reality, this may be the game that college basketball needs.
Throughout the season, analysts have frequently criticized college hoops for its lack of offense and slow play. And although the Badgers play slowly, they have the most efficient offense of the KenPom era. They'll square off with the Duke Blue Devils, another wildly efficient offense. A title game featuring some of the best players in the sport who can score at will could produce just the kind of national spectacle that college hoops needs to quiet its critics.
Wisconsin is led by big man Frank Kaminsky and athletic wing Sam Dekker. Kaminsky will challenge Duke's Jahlil Okafor's defensive ability by pulling the freshman away from the basket and putting him into uncomfortable positions. Dekker, meanwhile, will have to deal with another vaunted freshman, Justise Winslow. Winslow has been perhaps the most impressive player in the tournament so far. His ability to defend will be will be put to the test by Dekker, a versatile offensive scorer who often finds space at the rim by bullying his opponents.
On the offensive end, Okafor will have one final chance to showcase his impressive array of post moves on the national stage. Okafor has an opportunity to be the number one pick in the NBA draft, and a great performance tonight might cement his place at the top.
Tonight's game tips off at 8:18pm CT on CBS. If you want to check out how we got here, you can always check out the full bracket over here.
How To Watch
Tonight's game will be on CBS. Games will also be live streamed on the NCAA March Madness Live website or you can head on over to their mobile page and download their app for your smart phone or tablet.