ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night.
Ben Brust hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the second-seeded Badgers (29-7), who jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12).
The 7-foot Kaminsky and his disciplined teammates shredded the Baylor zone defense that played so well in the first two games. Wisconsin also methodically shut down Baylor's talented offense while moving into its second regional final in 13 years under Bo Ryan, who has never reached a Final Four in a 700-win coaching career.
Cory Jefferson scored 15 points, and Isaiah Austin and Kenny Chery scored 12 points apiece for Baylor, which made two of its 15 3-point attempts while trailing for the final 39 minutes. The Bears needed a late rally just to match their lowest-scoring performance of the season in the final seconds.
Sophomore C Isaiah Austin scored 12 points, his seventh straight double-figure scoring game, his 25th of the season & 52nd of career (BU is 37-15 in such games).
Austin had 2 blocks and moved into 2nd place tie on BU career list with 175 (joined Quincy Acy).
Junior G Kenny Chery finished with 8 rebounds, his second-highest total of the season (had 10 vs. KSU).
Senior F Cory Jefferson scored 15 points, his 30th double-figure scoring game of the season & 60th of career (BU is 47-13 in such games).
STAT OF THE GAME
Wisconsin had a 36-24 advantage over Baylor in the paint.
TWEET OF THE GAME