Monday, April 7, 2014

Defensive Score Sheet: Kentucky 74, Wisconsin 73

It's been a magical ride for the Wildcats. While the team has all the talent in the world, it can't be argued that luck has been on Kentucky's side for much of this NCAA Tournament ride. Skill plays into it, no doubt, but Kentucky's eFG% (52.6) is actually worse that it's opponents' eFG% (53.1). Yet, Kentucky is 5-0 in tournament play with all victories coming in single digits.

Oh, Aaron Harrison has a lot to do with it.

Harrison hit another game-winning 3-pointer - his third in as many games - to beat Wisconsin. His dagger with 5.7 seconds to play helped atone for his twin brother's gaff of fouling a 3-point shooter that allowed Wisconsin to take a 73-71 lead in the waning seconds.

What's amazing is Kentucky is getting here, in all reality, riding its offense. It's NCAA Tournament offensive efficiency is around 1.17 PPP; it's opponents are at 1.11 PPP. This makes for truly exciting games but it leads you to believe the Wildcats could be susceptible to a team with ferocious defensive prowess. Of course, Wichita State and Louisville were those types of teams and Kentucky marched on.

Here's the Defensive Score Sheet from Kentucky's win over Wisconsin, giving Big Blue Nation a chance at title No. 9:



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