Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Wisconsin

April 6, 2014 

  • NCAA championship game

    Kentucky (29-10) vs. Connecticut (31-8)

    When: 9:10 p.m. Monday (CBS)

    Where: Arlington, Texas


Another classic and another unbelievable game-winning three-pointer by Aaron Harrison. This one came with 5.7 seconds left and UK trailing 73-71. James Young supplied UK's early offense, but a 10-0 run gave the Badgers 17-9 lead. A couple of putbacks by Dakari Johnson cut the lead to two. UK ran into foul trouble and Wisconsin capitalized at the line to lead 34-25. UK finished the first half with Jarrod Polson and Dominique Hawkins at guard yet closed the Badgers' lead to 40-36. John Calipari called an early timeout to start the second half and UK went to war inside for a powerful 15-0 run to go up 51-43. The Badgers answered with three-point shooting to regain the lead. It was back-and-forth down the stretch and Alex Poythress came up big for UK. Wisconsin took the lead with :16.4 left before Harrison did it again.


■ UK made two three-pointers: Its first basket and its last one.

■ The Badgers did not miss a foul shot until 16.4 seconds were left.

■ Kentucky did not commit a turnover in the second half.

■ UK blocked one shot.

■ Wisconsin outscored UK 24-6 on three-pointers.

■ Second-chance points were 23-23.

■ Duje Dukan had made 13 three-pointers in 37 games. His two quick ones got Wisconsin back in this one after the UK run.

■ This was the fourth straight game UK trailed by nine points in the first half.

■ Bronson Koenig averages 3.3 points a game. He scored 11 in the first half.

■ Wisconsin made one field goal in the final seven minutes of the first half.

■ Wisconsin hit all 14 free throws in the first half.

■ UK hit 53.8 percent in the first half; Wisconsin 40.7 percent.

■ UK outscored Wisconsin 22-10 in the paint the first half.

■ The Harrison twins were 3-for-9 shooting the first half, with one assist and four fouls.

■ There were only six turnovers in the first half.

■ Hawkins played nine minutes in the first half.


■ Few players anywhere have had a clutch run like Aaron Harrison. Amazing stuff!

■ John Calipari said people would be talking about Alex Poythress. They are.

■ That 15-0 spurt by Kentucky was as good as it gets.


Does this have to end after one more game?

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