CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Dog or 'Cats? NCAA tournament offers a surprise final

In a real bracket-buster of a title game, seventh-seeded Connecticut will go up against eighth-seeded Kentucky.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Well everyone had it wrong — you, me, the postman and the NCAA selection committee.

All that teeth-gnashing over tournament seeding has produced an NCAA championship game between a No. 7 and No. 8.

Let's hear it for a collective No. 15!

Monday night, though, Connecticut and Kentucky will be playing for the only number that counts No.1.

No. 8 Kentucky dramatically capped Saturday night with a 74-73 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin in the second NCAA semifinal game before a Final Four record crowd of 79,444 fans at AT&T Stadium.

After you combined that with No. 7 Connecticut's much less dramatic 63-53 win over top-seeded Florida, the Final Four became the Final Two.

The Kentucky kid, Aaron Harrison, did it again.

A week after the freshman guard sent Kentucky to the Final Four with his three-pointer to beat Michigan, Harrison put the dagger in Wisconsin when he sank the game-winning three against Wisconsin.

Harrison's shot came with 5.7 seconds left on his only three-point attempt of the night.

Wisconsin players said afterward Aaron had the “clutch gene.”

Kentucky Coach John Calipari described him as a basketball assassin.

“Guys who make game winners are not afraid to miss,” Calipari said. “He's not afraid to miss.”

Harrison shrugged his shoulders like it was no big deal.

“I don't know about the ‘clutch gene' thing,” he said. “I was happy because they [his teammates] were so excited.”

Only seconds before Harrison's shot, it looked like Wisconsin would get its first shot at a national title since winning in 1941.

The game was tied 71-71 with 16 seconds left when Traevon Jackson pump faked Andrew Harrison, Aaron's twin brother, into a foul beyond the three-point line.

Wisconsin had made all 17 of its foul shots when Jackson stepped to the line for his first attempt — which, on cue, he missed.

Jackson made his next two shots, setting up the chance Kentucky could take the lead with a three-pointer.

Guess what?

Jackson got one last chance to win it but missed a shot at the buzzer.

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