Kentucky appeared to have retaken control of the game when Washington put back his own miss to make the score 60-58, Wildcats with 57 seconds remaining. They helped Auburn become just the second team to defeat Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky on its way to a Final Four appearance, the three winningest teams in college basketball.
Herro led United Kingdom with 19 points on a 7-for-13 shooting night.
The forward had an MRI on Saturday morning, and coach Bruce Pearl announced the news in the afternoon. Brown got trapped just past midcourt and had to give the ball up to Spencer, who's last-second attempt went begging off the backboard as the regulation horn sounded. Despite times when both teams played well and went on scoring runs, UNC and Auburn were all tied at 26-26 with seven minutes left the half. "Kind of started hurting in the second half, but I have to tough through it", Washington said.
Duke had the chance to tie but Barrett missed the first of two free throws with 5.2 seconds left.
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No. 5 Auburn took down Southeastern conference foe No. 2 Kentucky 77-71 in overtime Sunday at Sprint Center for a trip to Minneapolis next weekend. Davis then muscled a shot over Reid Travis in the lane with 3:39 left for the Cougars' first lead since 13 minutes left in the first half. The Mableton, Georgia native put the game away going a ideal 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the extra period. But it didn't take long for his team to rush to his side, bringing him into the literal middle of the chaos as Auburn made its first Final Four.
The Cougars (33-4) got 20 points from junior guard Armoni Brooks, who made six of 12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Before exiting with an injury, the junior forward scored game-highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds. "We didn't think he was going to play that much".
"It was too hard for us [to defend Auburn] because we didn't do a very good job of it, " Williams said. And when Ashton Hagans scored for Kentucky, it was Anfernee McLemore who added back-to-back baskets that forced the Wildcats to play catch-up.
RJ Barrett scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and also finished with 11 assists as the Blue Devils (31-6) returned to a regional final for the second year in a row.