No. 1 Kentucky improved to 38-0 after defeating Notre Dame, 68-66, and they are now just two wins away from a perfect season.
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The Fighting Irish hung tough with the Wildcats for the entire game and appeared to be upset-bound as they held the lead until 2:48 remained in the second half.
The turning point of the game occurred there as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison nailed a three-pointer. Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant immediately responded with a three-pointer to give the Irish a 66-64 lead.
With just over a minute, Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns made a layup to tie the game. The momentum shifted even more in Kentucky’s favor after Grant had his three-point attempt blocked by Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein.
The ball went out of bounds, and it was given back to Notre Dame with one second left on the shot clock. It immediately expired before guard Andrew Harrison was fouled.
He made his two free throws count before Grant once again made an unsuccessful three-point attempt to end the game and destroy Notre Dame’s upset chances.
Towns led the way for Kentucky and made a case for himself as the first pick in the 2015 NBA Draft with 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting, five rebounds and four assists.
Forward Zach Auguste performed the best for the Irish as he scored 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds. Guard Steve Vasturia added 16 points while guard Jerian Grant chipped in another 15.
Here are many highlights that were impossible to ignore during this thriller of a game.