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Wisconsin's Kaminsky having breakout season

Arlington, Texas --
- Frank Kaminsky took offense to the question: No he is not funnier this year!
I think Im a little more mature this year, thank you very much, the Wisconsin big man said with a straight face this week.
A little goofy around his teammates, Kaminsky has been all business on the court in leading the Badgers charge to the Final Four. The 7-footer had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the 64-63 victory over Arizona in the regional finals, a breakout performance for one of the most improved players in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin (30-7) started practicing Thursday at the behemoth that is AT&T Stadium - home of the NFLs Dallas Cowboys - to prepare for Saturday nights national semifinal against Kentucky (28-10). For all the talk about Wisconsins trademark discipline and toughness, Kaminsky and his teammates seem to be a pretty loose bunch.
As the Badgers walked past the AP Player of the Year award that was to be presented to Creightons Doug McDermott, the players couldnt help but remark about the size of the golden trophy.
As the team was driven to the stadium, another Badger remarked on the bus the players were indeed finally on the road to the Final Four.
So I think our guys are loose enough, they understand its another two-game tournament, coach Bo Ryan said Thursday.
It is a crew led by veterans that likes to have fun off the floor. Some of the attitude comes from Kaminsky, who doesnt seem quite taken with the media spotlight that comes with success. Instead, he is in his element, joking around with teammates despite the high stakes of the next game.
Then there is a sleepy-eyed look that Kaminsky can sometimes display on the court - Ryan has described him as being in Franks world.
He might look at you like, Coach, do you know what youre talking about? Its not a sarcastic look. Its just have you looked at Frank? Ryan said a couple weeks ago. Sometimes he has a face that looks like he really is somewhere else, but hes not. So Ive learned not to interpret it that way.
Hes a good listener and hard worker, Ryan said. The results are paying off - Kaminskys scoring average of 14.1 points is nearly 10 more than a year ago when he came off the bench. He is not particularly physically imposing, though he is deceptively athletic.
Defend Kaminsky with a big, and hell maneuver around for a drive to the bucket or step back for a mid-range jumper. Go small on Kaminsky and hell post up. Give him room on the perimeter and hell shoot a three-pointer.
A glimpse of what was to come came in November, when Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points in a 103-85 victory over North Dakota.
The season comes to an end with Kaminsky on a roll, averaging 18.5 points and six rebounds in the tournament, while shooting 54 percent.The Final Four SATURDAYS SEMIFINALS
Connecticut vs. Florida, 3 p.m.
Kentucky vs. Wisconsin, 5:45 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. Channel: 5 Channel: 13 Channel: 46

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