End of the road: Badgers' run comes to close in Final Four


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Kentucky 8 Kentucky 74, 2 Wisconsin 73
2014 NCAA Tournament - National Semifinal
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April 5, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Wisconsin did almost everything it needed to do Saturday night to beat Kentucky.

But it was the Wildcats' specialist in late-game heroics and not the Badgers' own last-minute magician that hit the shot to win the game.

Ben Brust and Sam Dekker each scored 15 points, but Traevon Jackson went 2-for-3 at the free throw line with 16 seconds left and the Badgers were left stunned after Aaron Harrison's 3 from the wing with 5.7 seconds to play gave the Wildcats a 74-73 lead.

Jackson, who has a knack for knocking down clutch game-winners, missed a jumper at the buzzer and the Badgers fell short in their quest for the school's first national title since 1941.

 Fast Facts
• Aaron Harrison's late 3 lifts Kentucky to win
• Badgers set Final Four record with 95% free throw shooting
• Crowd of 79,444 sets college basketball attendance record

Eighth-seeded Kentucky will play seventh-seeded UConn in the final Monday - the highest seed total to play for the title since they started putting numbers by the names back in 1979.

Wisconsin (30-8) set a Final Four record by going 95 percent from the free-throw line -- 19-for-20. But it was that one miss that cost the Badgers. Jackson got Andrew Harrison to jump into him while attempting a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left. His first free throw rimmed out, and after he made the second two, Wisconsin had a 73-71 lead and Kentucky had the ball.

Who didn't know where it was going?

Against Louisville in the regional semifinal, Aaron Harrison was spotted up in the corner when Julius Randle spotted him open. He hit the go-ahead 3 with 39.1 seconds left. Two nights later, there were 3.4 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.

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.

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