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NCAA Final Four: Kentucky edges Wisconsin, 74-73

Aaron Harrison delivers game-winner as brother assists.

First Published Apr 05 2014 10:45 pm • Last Updated Apr 05 2014 11:10 pm

Arlington, Texas • No, this was not an instant replay, though it certainly is turning into a highlight reel Kentucky and Aaron Harrison could get used to watching over and over again.

Harrison took a pass from his twin brother, Andrew, spotted up from NBA range and watched the ball rattle in for the lead with 5.7 seconds left to lift the Wildcats to a 74-73 victory Saturday night over Wisconsin in the Final Four.

At a glance

Wildcats’ magic run continues

Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison hits the decisive 3-pointer for the third straight game.» Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson takes a last-second shot, but it rims out and the Wildcats hold on for the win.

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It’s the third straight game the Kentucky freshman has made a 3 for the winning points in this magical ride for the Wildcats (29-10), and the second straight time the pass has come from his brother for a spot-up shot from the left center of the arc.

Traevon Jackson had a last-second shot to try to beat the Wildcats, but the desperation jumper rimmed out and once again Harrison found himself at the bottom of a dog pile at center court.

Eighth-seeded Kentucky will play seventh-seeded UConn in the final Monday.

Wisconsin (30-8) set a Final Four record by going 95 percent from the free-throw line — 19 for 20. But it was that one miss that cost the Badgers. Jackson got Andrew Harrison to jump into him while attempting a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left. His first free throw rimmed out, and after he made the second two, Wisconsin had a 73-71 lead and Kentucky had the ball.

Who didn’t know where it was going?

Against Louisville in the regional semifinal, Aaron Harrison was spotted up in the corner when Julius Randle spotted him open. He hit the go-ahead 3 with 39.1 seconds left. Two nights later, against Wichita State, Harrison hit the game-winner with 3.4 seconds remaining with an assist from his brother.




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