2014 Final Four Recap — Kentucky & Connecticut Win, Will Play For Title
Kentucky and Connecticut will play for the NCAA men’s basketball title on Monday after winning Final Four games in North Texas on Saturday. Here’s a recap of the day’s action:
Kentucky 74, Wisconsin 73
Aaron Harrison’s three-point shot with 5.7 seconds left led Kentucky past Wisconsin, 74-73, and into the NCAA men’s title game. The Wildcats (29-10) trailed at halftime, but they rallied to win another close game and advanced to face Connecticut for the national title on Monday night in North Texas.
After the Badgers’ Traevon Jackson gave Wisconsin a 73-71 lead by making two of three foul shots with 16 seconds to play, Harrison’s second, late three-pointer in as many games gave Kentucky the lead. Jackson then took an off-balance shot that would have won the game for the Badgers, but it was off the mark.
Harrison scored eight points on the game. James Young finished with a game-high 17 points for the Wildcats.
Ben Brust and Sam Dekker each scored 15 points for Wisconsin (29-8), which made eight of 20 three-point shot attempts for the game. The Badgers led 40-36 at the half, but Kentucky used a 15-0 in the first five minutes of the second half to take over the game. Wisconsin immediately fought back with a 15-4 run of its own to set up the exciting final 10 minutes.
Connecticut 63, Florida 53
DeAndre Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Connecticut upset top-ranked Florida, 63-53, at the 2014 Final Four in North Texas on Saturday. The Huskies (31-8) stopped the Gators’ school-record 30-game winning streak and advanced to play the winner of Saturday’s Kentucky-Wisconsin game for the national title on Monday night.
Florida bolted out to a 16-4 lead early in the first half, before UConn rallied to hold a 25-22 edge at halftime. The Huskies first took the lead, 21-20, on Niels Giffey’s free throw after a made layup with 3:20 left in the first half.
Connecticut extended its lead to double-digits in the second half. The Gators cut the margin to 41-38 before fading down the stretch. Shabazz Napier added 12 points and six assists for the Huskies, who will play for their second national title in four years (2011) on Monday.
Patric Young scored a game-high 19 points for Florida (36-3).