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Kentucky defeats Louisville 74-69; will face Michigan in Elite Eight

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INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) -- Kentucky defeated Louisville 74-69 to advance to the Elite Eight, where the team will face Michigan.

Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to give Kentucky the go-ahead points Friday night in the Midwest Regional over Bluegrass rival Louisville.

The Wildcats handed U of L coach Rick Pitino is first loss in 12 Sweet 16 appearances.

Harrison, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson, all finished with 15 points for the eighth-seeded Wildcats (27-10), who will play Michigan in Sunday's regional final.

Michigan defeated Tennessee 73-71 in the first Midwest Regional semifinal game. The Wolverines finished as runner up in the 2013 NCAA Tournament after losing to Louisville in the national championship game.

Fourth-seeded Louisville (31-6) got 23 points from senior Russ Smith, who missed a late 3 with a chance to tie.

In the first meeting this season between the Bluegrass rivals, UK defeated the Cardinals 73-66.

The Wildcats, who start five freshmen, led for a grand total of 65 seconds and took the lead for the last time when Randle found Harrison in the corner and Harrison spotted up and swished the shot for a 70-68 lead.

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