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Kentucky faces tall task vs. 7-footer Kaminsky

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky faces a Texas-sized task defending Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and not just because he's the tallest player the Wildcats have faced in the NCAA tournament.

The Badger junior's ability to score inside and outside forces the Wildcats (28-10) to keep a body on him near the basket and deny on the perimeter.

Increasing the challenge for Kentucky's frontcourt is the absence of 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, who's sidelined by an ankle injury. With Cauley-Stein out, Kentucky will turn to 7-0 freshman center Dakari Johnson - who has developed into an inside presence during the postseason - and Marcus Lee.

Still, nothing the Wildcats have seen matches the threat posed by Kaminsky, named the West Region's most outstanding player after his 28-point, 11-rebound performance in Saturday's overtime win against Arizona.


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