Kentucky Upsets Michigan, Earns A Trip To The Final FourBy: Tobias Roth - March 30, 2014
Kentucky came into the NCAA tournament as a No.8 seed, and many people did not have high expectations from the young team after mid-season struggles, but they have made quite a run to earn a spot in the Final Four.
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines played a hard-fought battle, and it was an incredibly close game throughout. The game was tied at halftime, and the Wildcats would go on to win 75-72, following a late 3-point shot from Aaron Harrison.
The stars of Kentucky, as well as some of their lesser-known players, were forced to step up with Willie Cauley-Stein out due to an ankle injury that he suffered in their previous game against Louisville. Marcus Lee, who barely played in the regular season, came up big with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Kentucky and Michigan matched up well, and while Michigan is one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, the Wildcats kept up with them well in that category. Aaron Harrison delivered some huge shots from long range after being shutout for much of the game, and hit the game-winner with 2.6 seconds left on the clock.
The young Kentucky Wildcats were forced to endure some tough losses throughout the season, including teams such as Arkansas and South Carolina, but they have matured over the season, and when it truly matters, the young team has shown up to play.
Standout freshman Julius Randle came up big in their win today, and had his fourth double-double of the tournament, in addition to his 24th of the season, delivering a total 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Kentucky was able to defeat the No.2 seed Michigan, while the UConn Huskies also had a big performance at Madison Square Garden in the first game of the day when they beat the Michigan State Spartans. Shabazz Napier led all scorers in the game with 25, and the Huskies will meet Florida next.
After being one of the worst conferences throughout the season, the SEC now has two teams in the Final Four. The Kentucky Wildcats could get another shot at playing the Florida Gators if they are able to beat Wisconsin next Saturday.
The last time that the two SEC teams played was in the SEC Conference Championship, and just when Kentucky started showing how tough they can be, and they almost came away with a victory then. Could they do it this time, and win the NCAA championship?
After defeating the Michigan Wolverines, the Kentucky Wildcats are heading to their third Final Four in the past four years. As a team with a ton of freshman, many people think that their lack of experience could catch up with them eventually.
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