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Kentucky takes out Wisconsin Aaron Harrison three-pointer

guard Aaron Harrison (2) with teammates Julius (30) and James Young making the winning three-pointer. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY

ARLINGTON, Texas — Andrew had seen his twin brother and shoot so many big shots the years with the same expression. Just catch and over and over.

But when flipped a pass to Aaron the seconds evaporating late night, in the biggest game had ever played, and with trailing Wisconsin by two points, saw something different. He saw a smile Aaron’s face.

The freshman who had the go-ahead three-pointer with 39 to play in the Sweet 16 against who had made a 24-foot three-pointer 2.3 seconds to play to beat in the Midwest Regional final, time he was smiling.

He really was smiling when he got the ball, said. I don’t understand That’s crazy. I’ve seen him like that He had a smirk like it was just a with us in the backyard.

After he got the ball, Aaron and measured up from at least 25 from the basket, wanting to how much time he had to deal Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser, one of the best defenders, stood in front of him.

I thought he have driven to the basket, said. But what do I know? … a superhero.

Aaron unleashed the three-pointer, and the rest will on YouTube and in the hearts of Big Blue for decades to come. Gasser toward Aaron, extending his arm to contest.

Aaron initially the shot would bound off the of the rim. Despite his recent in the NCAA tournament, he had not attempted a shot during the entire against Wisconsin.

But this one in with 5.7 seconds remaining. And Traevon Jackson’s errant shot missed at the buzzer, it was Kentucky 74, Wisconsin 73 in a classic semifinal at ATT Stadium.

Another NCAA tournament another game-wining three-pointer by freshman guard. He is now 3-for-3 on or go-ahead three-point shots in the minute of the second half of the tournament, including making in a row.

You can never really get to something like that, said in Kentucky’s locker

The arc of Kentucky’s season has been no other in history. The Wildcats the season amid 40-0 anointed the preseason No. 1 team missing the NCAA tournament the before. Their recruiting was hailed as the best in a quarter

Then came turbulence. And John Calipari, the master of the success formula, had to teach language and energy and effort. The were given a No. 8 seed in the Region of Death, laden three Final Four from 2013, including Wichita State.

All Kentucky has done is topple team in its path — each of the four wins by no more five points — thanks in part to Aaron Harrison.

He has a on his shoulder, Andrew said, he doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

Harrison brothers were rated and coveted by colleges their high school outside of Houston. But Andrew was the highly rated player.

And now it is who is etching his name in NCAA history as one of the most clutch shooters in recent history.

As Sam Dekker said, He has that gene.

And Calipari knows it. why, in his final opportunity to his team on the court Saturday he told Andrew that if he not get a layup or get the ball to Dakari then to remember one thing: to your brother.

In the huddle, Calipari said, going at Aaron, boys, got a problem with that? No one The ball went to Johnson, who it to Andrew, who then found his

It was an NBA three contested, and he made it, said. It’s crazy he does it.

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And it was crazy that the who breathed the biggest sigh of was Andrew, who felt that he have been the goat had lost the game.

Aaron me, Andrew said. The loss have been on me.

Just before Aaron’s three-point it was Andrew who jumped in the air after pump faked with seconds remaining. It was Andrew who Jackson, sending the Wisconsin to the free-throw line in a tie game.

missed the first free and made the next two. was the first and only free-throw in the game by Wisconsin, which 19 of 20.

It set the stage for Aaron’s final Aaron said he didn’t really know — nor care — how far he was from the basket when he the ball on the wing. He just up for another ho-hum, game-winning tournament three-pointer.

Anyone would have gotten a bit closer, Andrew joked his brother.

Anyone else not have smiled in such a moment. But Aaron could not it.

A little bit, Aaron That’s just the best in the world to be able to take the shot. The confidence your have in you to take the last it’s just a great so I was smiling.

On Monday night, will try to be the first No. 8 seed to win the title since Villanova in It’s already been an season in Lexington, where turned to frustration, which in turned to renewed optimism. And in it might turn into the second national title in seasons.

And maybe the shooting hero of the three games has one final of the wrist left in him late night.

I don’t want to say I not, Aaron said, But I’d rather win by four.


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