Oops, he did it again!
Chalk one up for the Fab Five: The Redux.
Chalk three up for Aaron Harrison.
Three ‘3s’ that is.
The young man who had previously slain Louisville and Michigan State with long distance bombs at the end of games, did it again against a gritty, gutty Wisconsin Badgers team.
The basket, his first attempt from long range of the night, were the final points scored in Kentucky’s 74-73 win.
Badger guard Traevon Jackson’s game-winning attempt off the glass as time expired rimmed and rolled off to the right.
Jackson had given Wisconsin its last lead, hitting two of three free throws.
TJ made a heads-up play to draw the foul as the shot clock ran out.
With that titanic shot, the Wildcats earned the right to square off against the Uconn Huskies for the NCAA Championship at AT&T Stadium in North Texas Monday night.
The Huskies mushed their way to the title game by dispatching the remaining No. 1 seed Florida Gators, 63-53.
The pairing represents the lowest seeds to play for the title in history.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari had a simple plan to defeat Wisconsin.
Play keep away from Frank Kaminsky.
It flat-out worked like a charm.
The one-man buzz saw for the Badgers was nearly invisible in the first half, scoring just one bucket in the first 20 minutes.
Calipari kept to the script in the final 20 of this Final Four match up by collapsing a couple of people every time Frank the Tank touched the ball.
Kaminsky did have a clutch basket inside down the stretch, but also had a turnover when a teammate tried to find him inside.
That opened things up for some unlikely heroes to emerge for the Badgers.
Freshman guard Bronson Koenig came off the bench and ignited a first half run.
A couple of huge triples and one drive when they doubled Kaminsky provided the fuel.
After the intermission, it was Duje Dukan’s turn to hog the spotlight that had been Kaminsky’s personal property in the NCAA tourney to this point.
After surrendering the lead when Kentucky went on a 13-0 run, Dukan hit a couple of threes and kept Bucky in the hunt in this one.
Leading 40-36 at intermission, Wisconsin came out hitting a three-pointer hoping to spark a run.
Calipari called a timeout to nip those thoughts in the bud.
The Cats came back from commercial and went on a 13-0 run to knock Bucky on his heels.
They did it by piling up points in the paint.
Wisconsin thrived from the outside (8 of 20), but when it came to crunch time, the Kentucky widebodies made any open looks nonexistent.
The normally precise Badgers, who rarely turn the ball over, made a couple of crucial ones down the stretch.
Sam Dekker and Ben Brust put home 15 points apiece to lead UW in scoring. Jackson added a dozen and Koenig finished with 11.
James Young led all scorers with 17 while Julius Randle put 16 into the pot.
Kentucky kept its rep as a rebounding team with a 32-27 edge on the glass.
The Badgers were the feel-good story of the tourney getting to the Final Four for the first time in 13 years under Bo Ryan.
Speculation will now focus on whether or not Kaminsky will test the NBA waters or return for his senior year.
Kaminsky’s stock rose with two huge games in the tourney.
It’s unlikely that his performance against Kentucky will hurt the 7-footer with the nice outside stroke all that much.