ARLINGTON, Texas (USA TODAY) — Aaron Harrison did it again.
One game after Kentucky's freshman guard made the critical three-pointer to beat Michigan in the Midwest Regional final, Harrison made a three-pointer from the wing with 5.7 seconds remaining to help give Kentucky a 74-73 victory over Wisconsin in a classic national semifinal at AT&T Stadium.
After a season that was nothing if not uneven, Kentucky – with all of its size, athleticism and pro prospects – finally looks like the team that was anointed the nation's top-ranked team four months ago.
Wildcats will play UConn in a highly unlikely national championship matchup Monday night. Kentucky was a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region. UConn was a No. 7 seed from the East Region.
The last No. 8 seed to win the national title was Villanova in 1985.
It was a beautiful contrast in styles and philosophies that came down to the final seconds. And for on the largest stage in college basketball – in the largest stadium to host a Final Four – Kentucky and Wisconsin displayed two different ways to win, and win big, in college basketball.
With size, athleticism and a bevy of pro prospects, the Wildcats dazzled fans with resounding alley-oop dunks and hard drives to the basket. And with experience and crisp passing, Wisconsin could not be shaken.