Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 5, 2014

SATURDAY UPDATE: UK advances to NCAA championship game

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Against Louisville in the regional semifinal, Aaron Harrison was open in the corner when Julius Randle found him. He hit the go-ahead 3 with 39.1 seconds left on the way to a 74-69 win. Two nights later, there were 2.3 seconds on the clock and Harrison was a few steps over to the left when he took the pass from his brother. The ball clanged in and he trotted backward and pumped his hands in the air.

A few minutes later, he was hugging his mom in the stands.

"It never comes down to just one possession," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "It was right there for them, it's just the other team had one possession better."

James Young led Kentucky with 17 points and Randle finished with 16, but only five boards to snap his string of three straight double-doubles.

But Kentucky had an answer for Wisconsin's do-everything 7-footer, Frank Kaminsky, who was held to eight points and five rebounds.

Ben Brust and Sam Dekker had 15 each for the Badgers, who came up a game short of their first appearance in the final since 1941.

Instead, it's Kentucky going for its ninth national title and second in three years, with an almost completely rebuilt roster from 2012. It's the way Calipari does it, like it or not.

His star during this run: Aaron Harrison, who has first-round potential, though it won't be his final numbers in this game — eight points, three rebounds — that will impress the scouts as much as his final shot.

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