Talking points and key numbers from Kentucky's 68-66 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Saturday night.
■ Was this a better game than UK-Duke?
■ Can Kentucky-Wisconsin be any better than it was last year? Frank Kaminsky and the Final Four await.
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■ For a young team, it is amazing how composed this UK team stays down the stretch.
■ Who would have thought it would be the inability to stop people that almost ended perfection? However, the UK defense did step up at the very end.
■ At a key point in the first half, Notre Dame had no one on the floor as tall as any UK player and the Cats could not take advantage.
■ Thank goodness for Karl-Anthony Towns, who made 40 percent of UK's field goals, including eight of their 15 in the second half.
■ At times, UK got lazy on defense, look confused and paid for it against a veteran team. It had the look of the West Virginia loss in the 2010 Elite Eight.
■ Will this game emotionally drain Kentucky? Wisconsin is another team with offensive precision — much like Notre Dame.
NUMBERS DON'T LIE
■ Kentucky made 15 of 20 shots in the second half.
■ Notre Dame was 13-for-28 in each half.
■ Notre Dame turned it over once in the second half.
■ In the final 12:05 of the game, UK took nine shots. It made them all.
■ The game had 20 lead changes.
■ In the first half, there were 13 leads changes and 10 ties.
■ In the first half, the Harrison twins were 0-for-5 from the field. Neither made a field goal until 5:04 was left in the game.
■ Trey Lyles turned it over four times in the first half. He had one total in three previous NCAA Tournament games.
■ Notre Dame shot 46 percent in the first half while UK shot 37.
■ In the first three minutes, there were six turnovers.
■ With 9:34 to go in the first half, Towns made his first field goal in two games in Cleveland.
■ In the first 16 minutes of the game, UK was called for one foul.
Wisconsin (35-3) comes into the game off an 85-78 win over Arizona on Saturday in the West Regional finals. Wisconsin made 12 of 18 three-pointers. The Badgers lost at home to Duke 80-70 and on the road at Rutgers (67-62) and Maryland (59-53). All season long, Wisconsin has been considered one of the teams that could match up UK. Kentucky beat the Badgers 74-73 in last year's Final Four. Most of those players are back for the Badgers, including 7-foot All-American Frank Kaminsky (18.4 ppg), who scored eight in last year's game. Sam Dekker (6-9 jr., 13.5 ppg) scored 15 in that game. UK leads the all-time series 4-1.