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Kentucky, Wisconsin Governors Place Bets on Final Four Match-Up

If the Kentucky Wildcats beat the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday night, Governor Steve Beshear will receive beer, bratwursts, and cheese from his upper midwestern counterpart.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gets a fully stocked bourbon bar from Beshear if the Badgers pull off the win in NCAA Final Four.

The game is Arlington, Texas where the winner will advance to the national title game against either Florida or Connecticut.

“The Wildcats are playing their best basketball of the year, and they’ve already taken out three of last year’s Final Four teams,” Beshear said in a news release. “It will be a real treat to see these fantastic coaches, John Calipari and Bo Ryan, go head-to-head, but Kentucky clearly has the edge over the Badgers.  We’ll look forward to grilling those Wisconsin brats after the Kentucky win on Saturday.  Go Cats!”

“The Badgers season has been un-BO-lievable,” Walker said in the news release, a reference to Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan. “With two great teams and great fan bases, this game will be one for record books. Under the leadership of Coach Ryan and with the exceptional talent of all our players, the Badgers have the momentum and skills to tame the Kentucky Wildcats and move onto the final.  On Wisconsin and go Bucky!”

The Kentucky bourbon basket – created from a half-barrel from Maker’s Mark – will include some of the state’s best premium Bourbon brands – Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Town Branch Bourbon. The barrel also will include barware, glasses, apparel and accessories to conduct a priceless Bourbon tasting.  The basket is provided by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

“Kentucky has raised the bar in the NCAA Tournament, and this bet is proof that the Wildcats will keep the hardware – and the Bourbon – in the Bluegrass where it belongs,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

The Cats will tip off against the Badgers on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. EST at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.