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Kaminsky comes through for Badgers, bettors

With the cover on the line, Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky calmly sank two free throws. Obviously, the 7-footer had no clue what the second shot meant, but he put the money ball in the bank, the Badgers walked off with a 79-72 victory over North Carolina and underdog players were left with a worthless ticket and a ridiculous bad-beat story.

Las Vegas Review-Journal Madness Challenge

The Review-Journal’s Adam Hill, Kelly Stewart and Matt Youmans compete with handicappers Bruce Marshall and Ken Thomson in a contest covering NCAA Tournament games last week, today and Friday. Each contestant selects a total of 22 games against the spread, sides or totals.

Calipari even money against the field

It’s all about matchups at this point, and Kentucky has the edge mostly because of its size. Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson are 7-footers, Karl-Anthony Towns is 6-11 and Trey Lyles is 6-10. Wildcats coach John Calipari, like him or loathe him, has done a great job of putting it all together.

NCAA Tournament prop bets

The NCAA Tournament was reduced to 64 teams after two play-in games Tuesday and two Wednesday. The second round begins Thursday and continues Friday. Las Vegas sports books have posted prop bets for the tournament. Here’s a sampling from Westgate Las Vegas.