Kentucky survives Louisville, advances to Elite 8
03/28/2014 11:54 PM
The Sweet 16 showdown lived up to the hype, and in the end it was the Cats smiling after a 74-69 win.
UK would fall behind by as many as 13 points in the first half and only held the lead for 10 seconds before the break. Coming out of halftime, UK battled back and tied the game at 38-38 with 14:53 remaining on a Julius Randle layup. But with each punch from the Cats, the Cards had a counter and continuously pushed out in front.
On a night when Willie Cauley-Stein was lost early to injury and James Young fouled out, the other young Cats stepped up.
Alex Poythress made a crucial block on a Louisville drive to the hoop. Then with 40 seconds left, UK trailed by one and Julius Randle took the ball at the top of the key and drove towards the paint. As the defense collapsed, the freshman forward kicked the ball to the corner. Aaron Harrison rose up and knocked down a three-pointer, giving the Cats the lead for good.
Three Cats, Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson, led the way with 15 points each, with Randle adding 12 rebounds for a double-double. Andrew Harrison also chipped in 14 points and 7 assists in the win.
UK will now play in the Elite 8 Sunday against Michigan. Tipoff is set for 5:05 p.m.