Kentucky trailed 58-54 when James Young drove to a layup with 1:08 left. To that point, the Cats had committed five fouls in the second half.
UK waited until 54.1 seconds remained to commit the sixth foul. The seventh foul, which sent UConn to the line for a one-and-one came with 25 seconds left.
“You could say, why not foul?” UK Coach John Calipari said. “Because they didn’t miss any free throws.”
Connecticut made 10 of 10 free throws in the game. The Huskies ranked No. 5 nationally in free-throw accuracy (77.4 percent). Lasan Kromah made both free throws with 25 seconds left to clinch the game.
“They weren’t going to miss a free throw,” Calipari said. “We had three possessions left. We were OK. But we were going to have to score on every possession.
“Those were the dice I rolled. I said, that’s what we’re going to try.”