Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan in the Midwest Regional final and a trip to the Final Four.
Harrison, one of five freshmen on eighth-seeded Kentucky’s starting lineup, elevated over Caris LeVert, and drained it. He scored all 12 of his points over the last 8:05.
Nik Stauskas missed a heave at the buzzer and the Wildcats (28-10) rushed off the bench and dogpiled Harrison at midcourt.
This will be Kentucky’s 16th trip to the Final Four and it marks the first time an all-freshman starting lineup has made it there since the Fab Five took Michigan in 1992. Kentucky plays Wisconsin Saturday in Texas.
UCONN 60, MICHIGAN STATE 54
Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA Tournament. Napier hit three huge free throws with 37.6 seconds left in the East Regional final. The Huskies (30-8) take on the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, Florida, in the national semifinals Saturday.College SportsKentuckyNCAA TournamentUConn