Final Four 2014: It looks like there will be only a single No. 1 seed in the Final Four this year after Wisconsin held on to beat Arizona in overtime 64-63.
Arizona did what you would expect a No. 1 seed to do by getting out to a 19-12 lead on the Badgers with nine minutes to play in the first half. Before the half was over the Badgers defense was able to slow Arizona down enough for the lead to be cut down to three by the end of the half.
A solid effort by both defenses kept the game close in the second half with neither tea holding more than a three-point lead over the course of the last 12 minutes. Traevon Jackson gave Wisconsin the lead 54-52 with just over a minute to go, but he was unable to hit the wining shot after a dunk by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tied it up.
The game remained close in the overtime period, but was marred by a controversial call in the final moments of the game. With a 64-63 Wisconsin lead and seconds on the clock Arizona’s Nick Johnson was called for an offensive foul giving the Badgers back the ball.
At that point all Wisconsin really had to do was throw the ball back in play and the last few seconds would run off the clock, but the ball ended up going out of bounds on the play. The officials had to review the play, but eventually awarded the ball to Arizona. However, with just 2.3 seconds to go Nick Johnson could only get off a desperation shot that missed.
Wisconsin will face the winner of Sunday’s Kentucky/Michigan State game in the Final Four.