NCAA Champ Will Be ... Kentucky or UConn

After Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 and UConn ends the night 63-53
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2014 11:01 PM CDT
Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser is caught between Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) and forward Julius Randle (30) during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game.   (David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – It'll be the Huskies versus the Wildcats in the quest for this year's NCAA championship:

  • Wisconsin did almost everything it needed to do tonight to beat Kentucky except for hitting one crucial free throw. Ben Brust and Sam Dekker each scored 15 points, but Traevon Jackson missed a foul shot 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 win. Jackson missed a jumper at the buzzer and the Badgers fell short in their quest for the school's first national title since 1941.

  • The Huskies beat overall No. 1 seed Florida 63-53 tonight, getting them into Monday night's title game against Kentucky. Shabazz Napier helped seal this game with about 2 minutes to play when he made two free throws for a 59-47 lead. That margin was the deficit the Huskies (31-8) faced in the opening minutes after a cold shooting start. "I knew we was going to get back in the game. They knew we was going to get back in the game," second-year coach Kevin Ollie said. "We live and die on defense and hopefully everybody understands that." But the Huskies were impressive on offense, shooting 55.8% from the field against a team that allowed opponents to shoot 39.9% this season.

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