No. 8 seed Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight round of the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship tournament after knocking off No. 4 seed Louisville, defending college basketball champion, 74-69, in the semifinals of the tournament’s Midwest region on March 28 in Indianapolis.

Louisville was in control for most of the game. But Kentucky went on a late-game scoring run to take the lead. Freshman guard Aaron Harrison then nailed a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining that ultimately won the game for Kentucky.

Louisville star senior guard Russ Smith tried to reclaim the lead with a desperation three-point attempt in the waning seconds, but his shot bounced off the rim.

Smith finished with a game-high 23 points in the loss. Harrison was one of three players for Kentucky who scored 15 points. Freshman forward Julius Randle and freshman center Dakari Johnson also scored 15 each.

Kentucky will take on No. 2 seed Michigan in the Midwest regional finals on March 30. Michigan survived against No. 11 seed Tennessee, 73-71, in the first day of the Sweet 16 round.

No. 4 seed Michigan State also advanced to the Elite Eight after beating No. 1 seed Virginia in a 61-59 thriller in the East regional semifinals on March 28. Michigan State will face No. 7 seed Connecticut in the Elite Eight on March 30. UCONN defeated No. 3 seed Iowa State, 81-76, March 28.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor