MILWAUKEE, Wis – If Oregon is going to upset Wisconsin Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament it had probably better figure out what to do with Badgers’ center Frank Kaminsky.
The versatile 7-foot junior could be the difference maker when the two teams meet at 4:45 p.m. on CBS at the Bradley Center.
Kaminsky leads Wisconsin, the No. 2 seed in the West Region, with 13.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent. He is shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range.
“He’s a big matchup problem for everybody because he has the ability to go outside,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “He can put it down on the floor and he does score very well around the basket."
Seven-seed Oregon forward Mike Moser compared Kaminsky to Stanford forward Dwight Powell, who on Jan. 12 had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists during the Cardinal’s 82-80 win at Oregon.
“He’s just as skilled as Powell is,” Moser said of Kaminsky. “I’m sure we’ll be able to go small and do whatever coach wants to do.”
Oregon’s weakness is inside where centers Waverly Austin and Ben Carter have been up and down all season but have been playing their best basketball as of late.
One or the other must come through Saturday in at least getting in the way of Kaminsky in order to slow him down.
"He’s a unique challenge for someone 7-foot to be able to go outside and draw the defense out,” Altman said.