If anyone knows the way to Indianapolis, it would certainly be Kowske, whose hobby is cartography, or map making.
Kowske personifies Wisconsin's play this season -- strong defense, good rebounding and sound fundamentals. He helped contain LSU's frontline of Stromile Swift and Jabari Smith while holding the Tigers to a season-low 48 points in the West semifinal.
Wisconsin doesn't score a lot of points, but Kowske has helped the Badgers on the offensive end as well. In raising his scoring average almost four points from his first two seasons, Kowske has added a soft hook to his arsenal and has developed into a threat to hit the 15-foot jumper. Mostly, however, he does all the little things like set screens, grab rebounds and use his muscular frame to take up space inside.
"He pretty much sticks to his business and he generally doesn't try to do things he can't do," says Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett. "And he really tries very hard, works very intensely at the things he knows he has to do. He's just been one of those guys. In military terms they say willing and able."