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NCAA tournament roundup: Wisconsin nips Arizona in OT

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APTOPIX NCAA Dayton Florida Basketball

Florida's Patric Young (4) watches his shot as Dayton's Dyshawn Pierre (21) falls to the floor in the Gators' 62-52 victory Saturday to advance to the Final Four. AP photo

ANAHEIM — Wisconsin bumped and grinded its way into the Final Four.

Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona in the West Region final Saturday night.

The Badgers (30-7) advanced to their first Final Four appearance since 2000 on Saturday night, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.

Nick Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but he missed a shot that came just after the buzzer for Arizona (33-5), the top-seeded team that has yet to win a West Region final in Anaheim in four tries. Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points, and Aaron Gordon had 18 rebounds in the relentlessly physical game.

Florida 62, Dayton 52: At Memphis, Tenn., Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half, and Florida advanced to the Final Four with a win over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers in the South Region final.

The Gators reached their fifth Final Four after losing at this point in each of the past three NCAA tournaments. This time, they came in as the country’s top-ranked team and the overall No. 1 seed.

Florida won its 30th straight game and improved to 36-2, topping the 35 wins by the 2007 national championship squad.

Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers (26-11) with 18 points. Devin Oliver added 12 points.

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