Kentucky came within two points of the Huskies on three occasions in the final minute of play, but Marcus Williams and Rudy Gay combined for six straight free throws down the stretch to hold off the Wildcats. Kentucky's biggest opportunity came with just over 3:00 to play. With the Cats down 74-69, Rajon Rondo connected on a three point shot to make it just a two-point ball game.
On the next possession there was a scramble for the ball, which landed out of bounds. Instant replay showed that it was likely a Connecticut player that last touched the ball, but the possession was awarded to the Huskies. Had the call gone the other way, Kentucky would have played for the tie or go ahead basket. However, Marcus Williams converted a layup to put the Huskies up back up by four and in the process, center Randolph Morris committed his fifth foul. Kentucky would never recover from this series.
With Morris out of the game, the Huskies dominated the glass. Hilton Armstrong and Josh Boone combined for three offensive rebounds, creating second opportunities for the Huskies, all of which were converted to points.
The Wildcats played well against the nation's top-ranked team, however. Down 12 points at the half, Kentucky chipped away at the lead throughout the second half. UK scored the first seven points of the second half behind a three by Perry, a layup by Sparks and another bucket by Perry. Armstrong and Gay would answer for UCONN and build the lead back to ten. UCONN would build the lead back to as much as 13, but at the 13:00 mark, the Wildcats began to make their move.
Sparks would sink two buckets and Sheray Thomas and Perry would combine for six consecutive free throws to pull the Cats to within just five at 58-53 at the 11:00 mark. The teams would play evenly over the next six minutes until Morris would can two free throws to pull the Cats to within three points at 72-69, setting up the dramatics toward the end of the game.
Kentucky finished its season 22-13.