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