Aaron Harrison is the hero again, John Calipari looks like a prophet and the University of Kentucky basketball team is playing for the NCAA championship on Monday night against Connecticut. The Wildcats won yet another wild one — their fourth thriller in a row — this time 74-73 over Wisconsin on Saturday night's Final Four.

The largest crowd ever to watch a college basketball game, an announced 79,444 at AT&T Stadium, saw a classic. Harrison, as he did in UK's last two victories, sank the clinching 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, assisted by twin brother Andrew — just like last week in the Elite Eight against Michigan.

Sophomore reserve Alex Poythress, though, was the reason the Cats were even close. He had eight points and seven rebounds off the bench, including a diving save, skying slam and seemingly impossible tip-in layup in the final five minutes. One day earlier, Calipari said of Poythress:

"If we're to do something special this weekend, you will all be talking about him."

Kentucky (29-10) is just the third No. 8 seed to reach the title game since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The Cats will try to become just the second such team — '85 Villanova was the first — to win it all. UK is also just the second team to take five freshman starters to the championship game and can be the first to win it.

After knocking off second-seeded Wisconsin (30-8), the Wildcats have taken one of the toughest paths to the title game in history, beating a No. 1, two No. 2 seeds and a No. 4 to get there. Kentucky is one win away from the program's ninth national title and second in the last three years under Calipari.

The Cats trailed by seven after Wisconsin opened the second half with a 3-pointer but quickly delivered one of their devastating runs — or, more accurately, blitzes. They scored 15 unanswered points in just three minutes and five seconds and surged ahead 51-43 with 15:33 to go.

Swingman James Young, who had a game-high 17 points, led the charge with a driving bucket, offensive rebound and jumper in the corner, followed by an offensive rebound and three-point play by center Dakari Johnson. Poythress soared out of nowhere to tip in a wild fling by Young.

Freshman reserve Marcus Lee — one of the heroes of the Elite Eight win over Michigan, playing major minutes again because injured center Willie Cauley-Stein (ankle) was still sidelined — punctuated the run with an alley-oop slam. Kentucky fans in the record crowd crowed and the Cats appeared in control. They lost it just as quickly.

Wisconsin, which missed all four of its shots and turned it over three times during that UK outburst, launched a 15-4 run of its own, keyed by eight points — and two 3-pointers — from reserve Duje Dukan. The Badgers led 58-55 with 10:51 to go, and the two teams jockeyed back and forth the rest of the way, another classic.

The Cats were down five when Wisconsin sharpshooter Ben Brust rose up for a 3-pointer, having made three of six tries already, that might've been a dagger. It rimmed out, though, then Julius Randle completed a three-point play to keep Kentucky close and set up the wild finish. Randle, a Dallas native, had 16 points and five rebounds in his homecoming.

Kentucky found itself in familiar — comfortable? — territory in the first half Saturday. Although the young Wildcats looked steady early and didn't trail at all in the first five minutes, the Badgers surged behind an unlikely source, freshman reserve Bronson Koenig, and led 34-25 with 4:13 to go before the break.

Koenig averaged just 3.3 points and 15.3 minutes this season but had 11 points in 16 first-half minutes Saturday, thanks mostly to starter Traevon Jackson's early foul trouble.