NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Connecticut and Kentucky secured the last Final Four places in this years NCAA College Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday.
Seventh-seeded Connecticut (30-8) picked up a 60-54 win over Michigan State (29-9) in the Elite Eight – East Region Final, while the eighth-seeded Kentucky (28-10) continued their impressive run in the tournament with 75-72 victory over the No. 2 seed Michigan (28-9) in the Midwest Region Final.
At the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Aaron Harrison knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left and John Calipari’s all-freshman starting lineup Wildcats got past Michigan and advanced to its 16th Final Four.
“Making that shot and seeing my teammates so happy and turning toward me, it’s the best feeling in the world,” Harrison said after the win.
Julius Randle led Kentucky with yet another double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds on the day.
Nik Stauskas finished with a game-high 24 points for the Michigan Wolverines in the defeat.
In the day’s other game, Connecticut beat No. 4 seed Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Shabazz Napier scored 25 points for UConn, who became the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since 1985.
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament –
Elite Eight: East Region:
(7) Connecticut 60 (30-8) – (4) Michigan State 54 (29-9)
(8) Kentucky 75 (28-10) – (2) Michigan 72 (28-9)