The climax of March Madness has reached new heights. Undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats, under coach John Calipari, nearly missed out on getting to the Final Four with a narrow win over surprise contender Notre Dame.
The final seconds of the game
The score was 68 to 66 for Kentucky in the Midwest regional finals of the NCAA Tournament. The boys from the Bluegrass state eked out a win via two free throws by Andrew Harrison in the last six seconds of the game. With the win, the team moves to 38-0 and into the Final Four of the 2015 NCAA tournament. This would be the fourth trip to the Big Dance for Kentucky in the past five seasons.
This is also the first time a Division I Men?s Basketball team had a record of 38-0.
The Wildcats were carried all night by their super freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, who after a dismal start in the tournament, broke out and scored 25 points with 17 of those in the second half.? His team mate Devin Booker put in 10 points. It was Andrew Harrison?s two pressure packed free throws that saved the season for Kentucky. The free throws avoided previous year?s disappointments where sterling records fell when the bright lights were on at the NCAA tourney.
The Final Four cast
Kentucky is joined by four other elite teams, namely Michigan State, Duke and Wisconsin for this year?s Final Four. Michigan State won over Louisville, the 2013 NCAA champion, in overtime, 76 to 70. With Magic Johnson in the stands, the Spartans pushed the Cardinals to the limit and eked out the hard earned win.
Duke lead the game from start to finish, despite another poor showing from top NBA draft prospect Jahlil Okafur. ?The Blue Devils beat the Bulldogs 66 to 52 to advance to the Final Four. This is Duke?s 16th straight Final Four appearance.
For its part, Wisconsin won over Arizona in the West regional finals to a score of 85 to 78. This is the first time in back to back years opponents met in the Elite Eight. At halftime, the Wildcats lead 33 to 30 but after the intermission, Wisconsin banged in 10 of 12 three pointers to bury Arizona.
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