INDIANAPOLIS — They were understandably numb. Words couldn’t come easy, not after the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats’ quest for 40-0 perfection was halted in a stunning NCAA Final Four semifinal.
The Indianapolis native, who led Tech High School to a state championship last season, admitted he had not lost a game in more than 18 months.
The Harrison brothers, Andrew and Aaron, were equally despondent. The Wildcats (38-1) thrived on making clutch plays down the stretch — Aaron hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to defeat the Badgers in last year’s Final Four semifinal.
But there wasn’t enough magic from the sophomore guards in the rematch.
Andrew said he wanted these Wildcats to be remembered as “the greatest team to ever put on a Kentucky uniform.” That won’t happen at 38-1.
“It sucks, man,” Andrew added later. “I feel like we’re the best team in the country, no matter what.”
Andrew Harrison scored 13 points while his brother had 12. They decided to return to school for a second chance at a national title that had eluded them in a Final Four championship loss to Connecticut last year.
Now they’re faced with the same decision again about whether to stay together in college or turn pro. Neither said the decision has been made yet.
“It doesn’t feel real at all,” Aaron Harrison said of the loss. “I feel like we just gave everything we worked for away.”