Rick Pitino’s unbeaten Sweet Sixteen record is no more. The Kentucky Wildcats stunned the Louisville Cardinals 74-69 to advance to the Elite Eight.
Kentucky had the lead for just 65 seconds, but that was enough to get the win.
Free Throws: So often in the NCAA tournament, games come down to free-throws, and this one was no different. For the night, Kentucky hit 22 of 27 free throw attempts, while Louisville shot just 56.5 percent (13/23) from the line.
Aaron Harrison: It took long enough, but the legend of Aaron Harrison continues to grow. Kentucky was down one with 39 seconds remaining, when Harrison nailed a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 2-point lead, a lead the team would not relinquish. For the game, Aaron Harrison led Kentucky in scoring with 15 points and steals with 3.
Cracking Under Pressure: Russ Smith was the unquestioned leader of this year’s Louisville team. Although he had a game high 23 points, Smith shot just 4-10 from the free-throw line. When the spotlight was on, Smith came up short, as did Louisville.