Aaron Harrison: Another look at Kentucky’s final shot


Aaron Harrison and his teammates celebrate on the floor and on Jerry Jones’s ginormous screen. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

The Kentucky Wildcats are getting good at this last-second, game-winning thing and no player has been more clutch for the team than Aaron Harrison.

The freshman hit a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, lifting Kentucky to a 74-73 victory over Wisconsin and into the national championship game Monday night against Connecticut.

The money moment, from other angles:


(Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Harrison’s teammates had more time to react initially.


Aaron Harrison (2) reacted with only a smile — for a moment. (David J. Phillip / AP)

(Tony Gutierrez / AP)

“You can’t be scared to miss,” Harrison said. “You want to be that guy who wants to take the big shot.”

Clearly, Harrison is that guy. The back-breaking, game-winning trey looked a lot like the back-breaking, game-winning trey Harrison hit against Michigan in Kentucky’s Elite Eight game last Sunday. See?


Harrison’s Elite Eight dagger. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Oh, and he hit the go-ahead shot against Louisville in the game before that one, making him 3-for-3 on game-tying or go-ahead three-pointers in the final minute of the second half of the tournament.

No wonder he had that “I got this” look Saturday night.


(Charlie Niebergall / AP)
After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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