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Saturday’s match too close to call

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Final Four.

A fellow could pocket a modest fortune for times we’ve heard this Final Four: Ways to beat Kentucky.

From beehive buzz of television talking heads on the Kentucky Wisconsin game, ESPN’s Jay Williams stirred the pot with an intriguing mostly unnoticed little sentence. “Ya know what? It’s time to stop betting against Kentucky.”

Irony? This is precisely that time.

With 38 opponents dispatched (three escapes — Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Notre Dame), a generous list of best-of-the-rest teams gone home, this is the match they (Badger Nation) wanted most and you (Big Blue Nation) wanted least.

As entertaining as UK-Notre Dame was last Saturday, this match, on its face, has qualities for greatness. A game to rival Greatest college game ever played, Duke-UK, 1992 (Bob Ryan, Boston Globe). v By today, Big Blue and Badger hoops scientists have examined match-ups (Sam Dekker-Willie Cauley-Stein, could be for the purist worth taking a vacation day to see). v You/they have compared depth, options, who likes to shoot from where and intangibles, including dance-with-the-stars routines to come from Calipari and normally stoic Bo Ryan. v Trips and time required to buy wings, arrange work schedules and program VCRs, all done. v Chips ‘n dips are prepared and ready for rat-a-tat-tat of talking heads to be found among CBS’s endless, mind-numbing, “we’ll be right back” (in about seven minutes) commercials’ blizzard.

All that done, be ready to hear more final four analysis: Ways to beat Kentucky

Prediction? Too close to call, but considering Kentucky’s a Commonwealth, we know where our hearts are.

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