NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Harrison 3-pointer lifts Kentucky over Wisconsin and into final
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Harrison hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left as the Wildcats defeated the Badgers, 74-73, on Saturday to reach the NCAA title game in Arlington, Texas.
James Young scored 17 points and Julius Randle added 16 as eighth-seeded Kentucky (29-10) advances to face seventh-seeded Connecticut in Monday's championship.
Harrison scored just eight points but made the decisive basket in the final seconds for the second straight game when he drained a 3-pointer from about four feet behind the arc.
Sam Dekker and Ben Brust scored 15 points apiece for Wisconsin (30-8), which took a 73-71 lead with 16.4 seconds left when Traevon Jackson hit two of three free throws.
Jackson scored 12 points and had a chance to atone for the free-throw miss but was off the mark with a 15-footer as time expired.
The Badgers used a 15-4 surge to turn an eight-point deficit into a 58-55 lead on Jackson's basket with 10:52 left but Kentucky recovered and tied it at 69 on two free throws by Randle with 3:48 remaining.
Alex Poythress scored at the rim with 2:16 left to push Kentucky back ahead before Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky - who was held to eight points - tied the game at 71 on a hoop with 1:16 remaining.
An early 10-0 burst allowed Wisconsin to lead most of the first half before taking a 40-36 lead into halftime. Dekker made a 3-pointer to start the second half before Young scored six points during a 15-0 run to give Kentucky a 51-43 lead with 15:33 remaining.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Kentucky C Willie Cauley-Stein (ankle) sat out with the injury he suffered against Louisville on March 28. ... Wisconsin was 19-of-20 from the free-throw line - Jackson's crucial miss being the lone one - while the Wildcats were 14-of-21. ... Kentucky held a 32-27 edge on the boards and committed just four turnovers, all in the first half.