Aaron Harrison did it again. Harrison hit a game-winning shot for the third straight game as the Kentucky Wildcats nipped the Wisconsin Badgers 74-73 in the second semifinal matchup of the evening in Dallas, Texas on April, 5.
Aaron Harrison knocked a three-pointer from the wing, after taking a pass from twin Andrew, with 5.7 seconds remaining in the game to give the Wildcats a one point lead (74-73). The three-pointer was just Kentucky’s second (2-of-5) make from long-distance of the game.
Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson had a chance to win the game but his pull-up jumper hit the rim and rolled off the rim as time expired.
Kentucky shot 50 percent from the floor (29-of-58) and turned the ball over just four times. The Wildcats also held a 32-27 advantage on the boards including an 11-6 edge on the offensive end.
James Young led the Wildcats (29-10) with 17 points. He was 5-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. Young also grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and came up with two steals.
Julius Randle added 16 points while Dakari Johnson chipped in with 10 points and seven caroms. The Harrison twins struggled shooting, combining to go 7-of-22 from the field, The Harrison twins did combine to contribute 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and just two turnovers.
Ben Brust and Sam Dekker each scored 15 points to lead Wisconsin (30-8), which fell short in their quest for the school's first national title since 1941. The Badgers shot 46.o percent (23-of-50) made eight triples (8-of-20) and set a recod b y shooting 95 percent from the foul line (19-of-20).
However, Wisconsin’s lone miss was detrimental for the Badgers.
The miss occurred after Jackson leaned into Aaron Harrison with 16 seconds to draw three-shots --though Jackson appeared to have walked prior to the contact. Jackson, who was three-of-four from the charity stripe, had first free throw rimmed out.
Eighth-seeded Kentucky will play seventh-seeded UConn in the final Monday -- the highest seed total to play for the title since they started putting numbers by the names back in 1979.
Difference in the game: Kentucky outscored Wisconsin by 22 points in the paint. The Wildcats have attempted 74% of their field goals in the paint in each of their last two games,
Notes: Kentucky scored 21 points in the 13 possessions in which Julius Randle had a paint touch, while shooting 8-of-12 from the field. WillieCauley-Stein did not play due to an injury he suffered versus Michigan. There is concern that Alex Poythress, who scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench, injured himself during the post-game celebration.