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Badgers looking forward to the big stage

MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW)  There is no playing down the hype that surrounds Wisconsin's first trip to the Final 4 since 2000 this week.

That line "everything's bigger in Texas" has been thrown around this week.

And for good reason.

The Badgers are preparing for the biggest game of their lives facing Kentucky in the national semifinal.

It will be a media circus leading up to the game and they're expected to play in front of a many as 85-thousand people.

It's a big stage indeed, but at it's core it's still just basketball.

"Once the game starts, all the media, all the nonsense throughout the week, it's kind of thrown out the window. So it's not any more pressure.  It's still a 40-minute game.  It's still a 10-foot hoop.  Everything's the same," said Badgers guard Josh Gasser.
"I think that it's more fun the farther we go.  It's not more pressure actually, I don't feel like personally.  And I can say the same thing for our team.  We're just enjoying the moment and just try to get better every day," said guard Traevon Jackson.

The Badgers and Kentucky tip-off at 7:49pm Saturday.
WXOW 19 will air a half-hour special previewing the Final Four on Friday at 6:30pm.

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