Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kentucky Survives Notre Dame to Advance to the Final Four

(1) Kentucky 68
(3) Notre Dame 66

Final from Cleveland, Ohio

NCAA Tournament - Midwest Region Championship

Kentucky survived perhaps their greatest test of the season and defeated Notre Dame 68-66 to win the Midwest Region and advance to next weekend's Final Four.

With the Wildcats trailing 63-61 with 3:15 to go, Aaron Harrison drained a clutch 3-pointer to take the lead. Notre Dame's Jerian Grant answered with a long 3-pointer of his own to give the Fighting Irish a 66-64 lead.

Karl-Anthony Towns put in a layup with 1:12 to go to tie the game. The Wildcats tightened down on defense to get a key stop and the ball back with 33 seconds on the clock.

Kentucky (38-0) then took the clock down to 6 seconds before Andrew Harrison was fouled on a drive to the basket. Harrison drilled both free throws and Notre Dame missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.

Towns led the Wildcats with 25 points on 10-13 field goal shooting. Devin Booker was the only other UK player in double digits with 10 points. Trey Lyles finished with 9.

Notre Dame (32-6) got 20 points and 9 boards form Zach Auguste. Steve Vasturia finished with 16 and Demetrius Jackson chipped in 15.

Kentucky shot 25-47 (53.2%) from the field for the game and made every shot they attempted in the final 12:16 of game time.

Notre Dame was 26-56 (46.4%) from the field and only turned the ball over 7 times.

This will be the 17th Final Four appearance for Kentucky.

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