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Check Out the Final Two Buckets from the Thrilling Kentucky-Michigan Elite Eight Battle (Videos)
This past weekend, two of the four Elite Eight games proved to be thrilling battles that came down to the wire. However, only one of them produced a captivating ending that was not marred by questionable officiating.
Was the Wisconsin-Arizona game great? You bet it was. But the officials very nearly blew it twice in the final three seconds, which proved to be a little bit of a buzz kill.
The final half-minute of the Kentucky-Michigan game, on the other hand, was pure, unmitigated college basketball drama. There were no controversial or reversed calls. There were just clutch shots.
The first came from Michigan. Trailing 72-70, they missed a layup and two three-point attempts before Jordan Morgan finally managed to tip a fourth attempt in with 31 seconds remaining to tie the game.
After that, the two teams managed to burn 20 seconds off the clock with strategic maneuvering before Kentucky finally got the ball—and the last chance to win the game without going to overtime—with 10 seconds left.
Then Aaron Harrison did this:
Michigan got one more chance to tie the game with a desperation heave, but Nik Stauskas would miss it and the final buzzer would sound with the score reading 75-72 in favor of Kentucky.
Now this all-freshman Wildcats team that was ranked No. 1 to start the 2013-14 college basketball season is the first all-freshman team to reach the final four since (ironically) Michigan’s famous “Fab Five” did it back in 1992.
You gotta love March Madness.