Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Michigan

March 30, 2014 

Talking points

A third straight epic. A contested three-pointer by Aaron Harrison with 2.3 seconds left won it. What a game! Two early surprises — Michigan scored off the offensive boards and Marcus Lee sparked Kentucky. Michigan led 9-2 before three quick put-backs by Lee — who was playing in place of injured Willie Cauley-Stein. UK could not contain Nik Stauskas, and Michigan went up 32-22. James Young and Lee led UK back, and it was 37-37 at the half. UK's inside power and Julius Randle put UK up 45-39, but it was a game of runs. Michigan went up 55-51; UK ran off 11 straight. Both teams kept responding. Michigan tied it with 31 seconds left, setting up Harrison's fourth three-pointer down the stretch.

Telling numbers

■ Aaron Harrison had no baskets in the game's first 32 minutes.

■ UK was 7-for-11 on three-pointers; Michigan was 7-for-18.

■ Michigan had 14 offensive rebounds and 10 defensive.

■ The game was more than 21 minutes old before UK led.

■ The tie at halftime marked the first time this season that UK has been tied at the half.

■ After going 5-for-7 in the first half, Stauskas was 1-for-7 in the second.

■ UK has trailed by at least nine in its past three games.

■ Lee came into the game at 15:25. Within three minutes he had three follow baskets.

■ Lee scored 10 points in the first half. He had scored nine in 2014.

■ UK's first nine baskets were in the paint.

■ UK had two assists in the first half and Michigan has three (29 baskets)

■ Lee and Young made all nine shots in the first half.

■ In nine first-half minutes, Lee had 10 points and four rebounds.

Thumbs up

■ Marcus Lee: Talk about being ready when your name is called.

■ Once upon a time, everyone said this team was no fun to watch and did not have a lot of fight.

■ John Calipari is 17-2 at UK in the NCAA Tournament.

■ Aaron! Aaron! Aaron!

■ Dominique Hawkins' defense.

Thumbs down

■ Willie Cauley-Stein, who contributed so much during the tough times this season, might not get a chance to play in the Final Four.

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