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March Madness: Brandon Knight Hits Game Winner, Kentucky Advances to Elite Eight

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the winning shot to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Orly Rios Jr.Analyst IIOctober 14, 2016

Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight, may have just earned the nickname "Big Shot Brandon."

In the first round of March Madness, Knight hit a game winning layup against Princeton with less than two seconds left to play.

Against West Virginia for a right to go to the Sweet Sixteen, Knight put up a career-high 30 points as Kentucky avenged last year's Elite Eight loss to the Mountaineers.

Friday night against top seeded Ohio State, Knight hit the game winning shot with five seconds left to play, as the Kentucky Wildcats advanced for the second straight year under Coach John Calipari to the Elite Eight.

Back and forth like a heavy weight boxing match, the Wildcats and Buckeyes jabbed at each other—the biggest lead was never more than seven points.

Ohio State center Jared Sullinger, paced the Buckeyes with 21 points and was the only starter to hit at least half of his shots. The Buckeyes shot just 32 percent from the field, thanks in large part to a stellar and bend-but-not-break Kentucky defense which, throughout the whole game, played man-to-man.

Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson, was once again solid both on offense and defense, contributing a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds) and 3 blocked shots while covering Sullinger most of the game, one-on-one.

Kentucky guard DeAndrew Liggins, added 15 points and three blocked shots as the Wildcats shot 46 percent from the field.

Kentucky blocked 11 Buckeye shots as the tenacious Wildcat defense was able to frustrate Ohio State all night long.

Guards William Bufford and Aaron Craft, combined for 11 points on two of 23 shooting from the field. Craft did not hit a single field goal.

In the end, the game ended the only way it could—in the hands of Kentucky's best ball handler, Brandon Knight.

Although just two of nine from the field, Knight's biggest shot of the night would be his third and final shot—a jumper with five seconds left to give the Wildcats a 62-60 lead.

Ohio State had one last good look to win the game, but William Bufford's three-point shot drew iron.

Kentucky next faces the No. 2 seeded North Carolina Tar-heels Sunday, with the winner advancing to Houston and the Final Four.

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