The second half of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional Final between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines had a lot to live up to after a great first half. The first four minutes of the second half prove to live up to the hype, as Kentucky was able to take the lead and hold on. Six points by Julius Randle, combined with two each from Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress, allowed the Wildcats to go into the under-16 timeout with a 47-44 lead.
From there, the two teams played even, as they traded punches and responded to each others runs. James Young hit a three, Alex Poythress hit a free throw, and Dakari Johnson and Julius Randle both made moves down in the post to score two each. Aaron Harrison hit a big time three just before the under-8 timeout to give the Kentucky Wildcats a three point lead, 58-55, to cap off a 7-0 run heading into the final eight minutes.
The cat fight continued as both teams refused to back down. Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison both score two to extend the Kentucky run to 11-0 before Michigan ended it with a clutch three. From there, an Aaron Harrison three and two each by Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson gave the Wildcats a four point lead, 69-65, heading into the final 2:26 of the game. Another Aaron Harrison three offset a Michigan three to keep the Wildcats in the lead before a putback by the Wolverines tied the game at 72-72 with 27 seconds left.
Aaron Harrison hit a three with 2.6 seconds left in the game to out the Cats up 75-72 and send the Kentucky Wildcats to the Final Four, the third in John Calipari’s tenure. The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday in Dallas, TX for a chance to go to the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship Game.
Stay tuned later this evening for a in-depth look at the Midwest Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines.