Wisconsin vs. Kentucky – The Final Four Matchup of the Decade

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Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, the 2nd of the two Final Four semi-final games on Saturday, will be a matchup that has been building for a year. The game is a rematch of last season’s Final Four thriller and will feature the relentless shooting of the Wisconsin Badgers against a Kentucky team that could give some NBA teams a run for their money in athletic ability. Last season it was the Wildcats who played upset to the higher seeded Badgers, but can Wisconsin return the favor and ruin Kentucky’s perfect season? Here is all you need to know about Kentucky vs. Wisconsin 2015.

Why Kentucky vs. Wisconsin is intriguing

Kentucky and Wisconsin are almost polar opposites in terms of how the teams are put together and how they play. Kentucky’s team is built from the top high school talent in the country. It is highly likely that every starting player on the Kentucky team will declare for the NBA Draft before reaching their junior year. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan puts together teams based on his system, and few were regarded in the top players coming out of high school. Kentucky overpowers teams with superior size, strength, and athleticism. Wisconsin swings the ball on the perimeter and plays finesse basketball. Don’t get me wrong, both are fantastic teams and ultra talented, just in different ways. Last season the Wildcats came from behind to win by 1, in one of the best games of the last 5 years. This years matchup will feature two teams that have somehow both improved collectively and will be truely a clash of basketball ideologies.

Why Wisconsin Wins

If there was any team in the tournament that Kentucky should be nervous about, it is Wisconsin. No the Badgers aren’t on the same level athletically as Kentucky, but they sport one of the tallest starting five in the tournament. The Badgers starting five includes 7 footer Frank Kaminsky, and 6’9 Sam Dekker who is lethal from behind the arc. Kentucky is used to dominating teams in size and Willie Cauley-Stein will finally play against a 7 footer with some athleticism in Frank Kaminsky. What the Badgers do better than maybe anyone in the country is spread the court and swing the ball. Notre Dame took a similar approach against Kentucky and was almost able to ride their outside shooting to a victory over the Wildcats in the Elite Eight. If Kentucky has shown one weakness this year it has been lapses in intensity. Expect the Badgers to take full advantage of this and for them to swing the ball with typical Bo Ryan precision. If the Badgers shoot like they did in the 2nd half against Arizona, it could be a 38-1 season for the Wildcats.

Why Kentucky Wins

Kentucky is simply on another level athletically than the rest of the field. The Wildcats have two 7 footers on their roster, and don’t have a single starter who is under 6’6. Not only are the Wildcats tall as a collective, they are all athletic, with 7 footer Willie Cauley-Stein able to run the floor and play defense on the perimeter. Kentucky has allowed under 54 points a game and average almost 7 blocks. If they are able to keep Wisconsin from getting clean looks on the perimeter, it could be a long day and a 2nd straight Final Four loss for the Badgers. Kentucky hasn’t lost since last seasons National Championship and they win simply because that is all they know how to do.

Whether you are a fan of the two handed slam, or a contested three pointer, this matchup was made in basketball heaven, and all eyes will be on Blue vs. Red.

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March Madness Music Festival Schedule and Lineup

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The 2015 Final Four is finally set. 3 number 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2008, and Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans surprised the world to become only the 3rd 7 seed to reach the Final Four since 1984. The coaching duels could not be better. Tom Izzo vs. Coach K, Jon Calipari vs. Bo Ryan Round 2. While the basketball is sure to be unforgettable, the 2015 Final Four is also a great destination for music. Surrounding the Final Four this year is a 3 day music festival known as “March Madness Music Festival” that is free and open to the public. Here is our guide to everything March Madness Music Festival.

Location: White River State Park
Address: 801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

AT&T Block Party
Friday April 3rd, 2015

The free music kicks off on Friday, with 3 huge bands taking over White River Park. The music on Friday is scheduled to end at 10:00 PM and is all about the Indie bands. The show opens with veterans Cold War Kids and Weezer, before finishing with the rising Imagine Dragons.

AT&T Block Party Lineup

Cold War Kids – 4:45 pm
Weezer – 6:30 pm
Imagine Dragons – 8:30 pm

Coke Zero Countdown
Saturday April 4th, 2015

Saturday is once again packed with stars and the festivities kick off at noon and run unto 9:30. Hip Hop sensation Rihanna headlines a concert listing that also includes top acts Passion Pit, and Bleachers. Saturday’s music will run concurrently with the Final Four semifinal games, which are scheduled to start at 6:09 with Michigan State vs. Duke and continue with Wisconsin vs. Kentucky at 8:49.

Coke Zero Countdown Lineup

Bleachers – 2:15 pm
Passion Pit – 4:00 pm
Rihanna – 8:15

Capital One Jam Fest
Sunday April 5th, 2015

If you thought that the first two days of the March Madness Music Festival were a tad Indie heavy, the lineup for Sunday will help you out. Sunday is packed with country music, including top country acts Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, and Zac Brown Band. The music kicks off at 2 pm on Sunday and continues all the way until 10. With a day in between basketball, the Capital One Jam Fest will likely be full to capacity with fans from all four of the Final Four teams.

Capital One Jam Fest Lineup

Kacey Musgraves – 4:30 pm
Lady Antebellum – 6:30 pm
Zac Brown Band – 8:30 pm

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Where to Park at the 2015 Miami Open Tennis Tournament

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The Miami Open Tennis Tournament marks the unofficial beginning of spring. As the tennis world turns its attention from the West Coast to the East Coast, the best tennis players in the world will descend on Miami for a fantastic two-week event. The Miami Open features each of the top 75 ranked women in the world, and 74 of the top 75 men, including all of the top 50. Parking at such a prestigious event will of course be at a premium, and we have all of the Miami Open parking information you need to get around and have a great time.

General Parking

Miami Open general parking is located across the street from the Miami Seaquarium. Follow the signs on Crandon Boulevard. Shuttles run continuously from the General Parking area to the Main Gate entrance. General parking costs $15 per vehicle and cannot be purchased in advance. General parking closes two hours after the end of the last match. There is no overnight parking.

Disabled Parking

Miami Open Disabled Parking is available in Crandon Lot 2. The shuttle bus will take guests to the South Gate entrance near Gate H. A valid handicap pass and driver’s license is required, and disabled parking is complimentary. Lot 2 closes two hours after the end of the last match. There is no overnight parking.

Boxholder Parking

Boxholder parking is located in Crandon Lot 3. Boxholders have the opportunity to purchase one Crandon Lot 3 pass for every two boxseats. The pass includes one individual parking pass for every session, and costs $240.

Championship Series Package Parking

Located in Crandon Lot 2, these passes cost $180. Championship Series Package holders may purchase one parking pass for every two Series Packages purchased. The pass includes one individual parking pass for every session.

400 Level Package Parking

Guests who purchase a Final Four or After Hours package may purchase parking passes for all four of their sessions. 400 Level Package parking costs $60 and is located in Crandon Lot 2.

Bike Parking

Free bicycle parking is located in Lot 4, across from the Main Gate.

Taxi Service

Taxi service is available at the entrance to Lot 3, located directly across from the Main Gate.

Will Call

Will Call and guest pick-up/drop-off is located in Lot 6, just prior to the Main Gate entrance.

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