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Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison beats Wisconsin, sends the Wildcats to title game (VIDEO)

Apr 5, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas — He did it again.

Aaron Harrison hit the three that put Kentucky ahead for good with 40 seconds left of a win over Louisville. He sent Kentucky to the Final Four, hitting a three with 2.3 seconds left to beat Michigan in the Elite 8. And on Saturday night, in front of a record crowd of just under 80,000 people at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Harrison did it again.

WATCH: Harrison’s game-winner to beat Michigan

He hit a three with 5.7 seconds to put Kentucky ahead 74-73 and, after Traevon Jackson’s jumper bounced harmlessly off the rim, into the national title game against UConn.

“You got Aaron, The Assassin, making the shot that is the dagger,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said.

Alex Poythress phrased it just a bit differently. “He’s got some hangers,” Poythress said. “He’s got the biggest balls I’ve seen.” Andrew Harrison added, “They’re growing. We’re just glad he has those.”

Harrison finished with just eight points on the night. The three was the first shot that he had attempted from beyond the arc and it was just Kentucky’s second three-ball of the evening. The Wildcats executed their game-plan to perfection, pounding the ball inside and doing everything they could possibly do to allow their athletes to take over around the rim.

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Julius Randle finished with 16 points while Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee combined for 22 points. In total, the Wildcats finished with 46 points in the paint, as everyone in a Kentucky jersey made a concerted effort to get the ball into the paint.

The offensive end of the floor isn’t the only place where Kentucky dominated the interior. Wisconsin’s star big man Frank Kaminsky, the man that was supposed to be the most difficult player to matchup with in college basketball, finished with just eight points and five boards on 4-for-7 shooting. But the Badgers actually did a pretty good job of getting the ball to the guys that they needed to. With all the attention on Kaminsky, Wisconsin’s shooters were able to take advantage of the space on the perimeter, hitting 8-for-20 from beyond the arc.

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In the end, the difference in the game was Kentucky’s execution offensively. They did what they had to do to be able to beat the Badgers, which included protecting the ball. They committed just one turnover in the last 34:54 of the game, and they did not commit a turnover in the second half.

Sam Dekker and Ben Brust led the way for the Badgers with 15 points apiece.

  1. jjh1982 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Good game by both teams, officiating sucked once again

    • prokilla - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      KU almost lost the game on a walk, 3 pointer shot foul

      • prokilla - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM


  2. astrozac - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    UConn a program, I can’t stand vs Calipari and his One and Dumbs. Is there a way nobody wins this one?

  3. barkleyblows - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    One game closer to another Kentucky championship!!!!!! Awesome!!!!

    On Wesconsen!!!

  4. milkcan44 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    2014 may be remembered as the Year of the Slimy Scumb*g….1st Pete Carroll wins a SuperBowl, now Calipari may win a NCAA Championship.

    • onlyoneleft - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      It har it is hard to get any dirtier than those two, however, Saban and some of those guys in the SEC come pretty darn close.

  5. greej1938l - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Was a great game I agree. Also agree the officiating blew balls

  6. marbulz - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Kentucky won’t admit it but they fouled the guy on three with five seconds left, look at the way the Kentucky player backed off really quick . The referees should have called the file on the three

    • steelcitywhitty - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      Wisconsin got a favorable call of the 3pt shot foul. The dude took 4 maybe 5 steps an no walk called. Calls are missed and they tend to even out.

      • bigtganks - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:46 AM

        ^^ exactly!! Jackson took 4-5 steps and leapt forward more than he did up. He totally got bailed out. Glad he only made 2/3 and missed his last shot.

  7. marbulz - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    In my mind Wisconsin should’ve been the real winner too many bad calls

  8. rrhoe - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Say what you will about John Calipari but to bring in 5 guys every year and teach a new squad and get them ready to compete is amazing!!!!!! I got mad respect for him……

  9. 6thsense10 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I’m no Kentucky fan but I absolutely love how Calipari is getting some folks hot and bothered winning with one and dones. No doubt you all want the team to fall on its face so you can laugh and point and make snide remarks. But since he keeps winning nothing but anger is what I see.

  10. barkleyblows - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Bo Ryan fits Wesconsen and it’s fans perfectly…… Cry cry cry

  11. jjh1982 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    barkleyblows = dbag

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