Kentucky's Aaron Harrison has become the epitome of clutch.
Entering the 2014 NCAA tournament, we already knew that he contained a beautiful stroke from downtown; however, he's proven that he has the confidence in his shot-making ability to generate points in the most crucial of situations.
Harrison was instrumental in the Wildcats' win over Michigan in the Elite Eight. During the game, he bucketed four of his six attempts from behind the arc, including a breathtaking three with just 2.3 seconds remaining:
He reaffirmed his prowess from downtown once again in the Final Four against Wisconsin. With six seconds left, he drilled the game-winning, contested three-pointer like he'd done it 1,000 times before:
Harrison isn't scared of being put in these kinds of situations. In fact, he relishes them. During an interview with Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com, he explained what went through his mind as he attempted his game-winning three against Wisconsin.
Harrison simply said, "I didn't know how much time was on the clock. I just wanted to get a little look at it. So I just rose up and took the shot."
It's that easy for him.
The thing that stands out for Harrison and the Wildcats offense is that that was his only three-point attempt of the game.
That needs to change heading into the championship game.
Connecticut has a high-octane offense and can put up points on anyone. The Huskies certainly showed that after defeating Florida and its stout defense Saturday by a score of 63-53 while shooting 55.8 percent from the floor as a team.
To make matters worse for Kentucky, Shabazz Napier and Co. are playing some stellar defense right now. They made the surging Scottie Wilbekin look completely miserable Saturday, as he only connected on two out of nine attempts for four points.
Scottie Wilbekin was 0-for-5 on FG when guarded by Ryan Boatright and turned the ball over on 3 of 4 plays when guarded by Shabazz Napier.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 6, 2014
To combat that defense, Harrison needs plenty of looks from behind the arc.
Over his last two games, he's connected on five out of seven attempts from three-point range. Despite having some aggressive big men, Kentucky may have a difficult time scoring in the paint against Connecticut's red-hot defense.
Dishing out to Harrison, getting him some good looks and allowing him to do what he does best will be crucial for the Wildcats' success Monday.
Harrison wants the ball in his hands. Kentucky must get it to him.