INDIANAPOLIS -- The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and his fellow Kentucky freshmen will be playing in that league soon enough.
First, they're heading to the Final Four -- courtesy of Harrison. The 6-foot-6 swingman made a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift the Wildcats to a 75-72 win over Michigan.
"Making that shot and seeing my teammates so happy, it's the best feeling in the world," Harrison said.
Michigan's Nik Stauskas missed a desperation heave at the buzzer and then, it was Harrison's turn on the bottom of a dog pile. Make that puppy pile.
It wasn't all Harrison, of course.
While he was being shut down early, it was Marcus Lee -- surprisingly -- keeping the Wildcats in the game.
Lee, another of the McDonald's All-American freshmen on John Calipari's roster, had scored a total of nine points since the beginning of January, relegated to the bench after an early season illness.
In this one, the former Deer Valley High-Antioch star got minutes that would have normally gone to the injured Willie Cauley-Stein, and finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Eight of those points came on put-back dunks.
"Coach just told me to always be ready," Lee told ukathletics.com. "So I just tried to stay ready, no matter what the time was and contribute to the team."
The eighth-seeded Wildcats (28-10), who start five freshmen, will play Wisconsin on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
"They made a great shot," said Stauskas, who led the second-seeded Wolverines with 24 points. "We did a pretty good job contesting it. It's part of basketball."
Michigan (28-9) ended its season one win shy of a second straight Final Four.
What a ride this has been for these Wildcats, an all-new collection of freshmen who were touted as the team that could go 40-0, then dismissed when the bad losses piled up in January and February.
For the second straight game in the Midwest Regional, Harrison made the shot that gave the Wildcats the lead for good. On Friday, he made the key 3 in Kentucky's 74-69 win over Louisville.
This time, he took a handoff from his twin brother, Andrew, in the corner and dribbled three times to the top left of the arc. He was standing a good 3 feet behind the line when he elevated over Caris LeVert and took a bit of contact on the hand from the Michigan guard as he shot. No matter.
Aaron Harrison scored 12 points off four 3-pointers over the last 8:05 and was Calipari's obvious choice to take the game-winner.
"I've always said, 'You cannot be afraid to miss.' He's not afraid to miss," Calipari said. —... And if he does miss, he's going to shoot it again."