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The Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats, 71-64, Saturday, April 4, 2015.

5 Things to Know: Bronson Koenig and the Wisconsin Badgers' NCAA Win Over Kentucky


The Wisconsin Badgers well-earned victory Saturday night against the Kentucky Wildcats was a moment of sweet redemption after last year’s painful loss to the same team, also in the semifinal round, which cut them short of the finals by just one point. In 2014, Kentucky was the victor against Wisconsin, but this year, it was Wisconsin, 71-64.

The Badgers's guard Bronson Koenig, Ho-Chunk Nation, said in a post-game interview that it was the most focused the team had ever been. “We just looked at it as another game, and another 40 minutes to prove ourselves,” Bronson told

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Here are five notable Koenig moments from this year’s semifinals:

That 3-pointer…sorta, kinda.

The game was tied at 56 in the second half, when Koenig nailed a 3-point shot to boost the team ahead of the Wildcats. The crowd, and his teammates couldn’t have been happier, but the shot was no-good because a charge was called in on Josh Gasser. The score remained tied.

This YouTube Moment

In a post-game interview, Bronson calmly tells a slew of reporters that the team’s victory over Kentucky was all about “staying patient” and “play[ing] our game."

Unsportsmanlike Conduct?

Yahoo’s Kevin Kaduc reported after the game ended that Koenig took a jab at Kentucky twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison because they skipped the post-game handshakes.

Here’s the Tweet:

Stopping History

The Wildcats came in to Saturday’s Final Four as the heavy favorites. In fact, they were perfect all season up until last night with a 38-0 record. But, the Badgers, as Koenig says were unstoppable.

"They had everything to lose, really, being unbeaten," Koenig told "But we didn't really look at it like that as them never being beaten before. They've been in such close games, so we just looked at it as another game, another opportunity to prove ourselves."


Bronson scored 12 points against Kentucky. According to, he owns more than 15 double-digit scoring games this season.

Also, he went 7 for 8 from the line over the last 24 seconds to seal the win, the AP reported.

Up next, the Badgers will face Duke in the NCAA tournament on Monday night, and this "hype" video might get you, well, hyped up about it.

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