ARLINGTON, Texas - Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to put Kentucky into the national championship game, 74-73 over Wisconsin in Saturday's second national semifinal.
Traevon Jackson, after being fouled while attempting a 3-pointer, made two of three free throws with 16.4 seconds left to give Wisconsin a 73-71 lead.
But after Harrison's go-ahead basket, Jackson missed a shot from a couple of feet inside the arc as time expired.
Kentucky (29-10), the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region, faces Connecticut, the No. 7 seed out of the East, in Monday's national championship game at AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
The matchup is the highest combined seeding ever for an NCAA Tournament final.
Harrison's 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left in the region final helped Kentucky defeat Michigan 75-72.
Sam Dekker and Ben Brust led Wisconsin (30-8) with 15 points apiece.
James Young led Kentucky with 17 points.
CELEBRITY WING: The Wildcats had Drake cheering for them, and several famous football quarterbacks were in the building.
As usual, the NCAA Final Four drew plenty of stars and celebrities.
When Drake was shown on the huge screen during the first half of the Kentucky-Wisconsin game, the next shot was a female Wisconsin fan who looked as if she might be ready to faint just by the thought of being in the same building with the Canadian rapper-singer-actor.
A few famous quarterbacks were in the building - Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl winner Troy Aikman, Seattle championship quarterback Russell Wilson and former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who is skipping his final two seasons at Texas A&M to enter next month's NFL draft.
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick tweeted a picture from the Final Four, along with the note, "Whoa! This is a lot of seats. Don't always claim my birth state since I grew up in Illinois, but I'm cheering for WI."
Patrick is in town for today's NASCAR Sprint Cup at Texas Motor Speedway.
Former Duke teammates Christian Laettner and Grant Hill were in the building. Laettner made perhaps the most memorable shot ever in the NCAA tournament, his game-ending turnaround jumper after a court-length pass to beat Kentucky in 1992.
ATTENDANCE RECORD: The Final Four set an NCAA basketball attendance record.
The national semifinals drew 79,444 at AT&T Stadium, beating the previous record of 78,129 when Kentucky beat Michigan State in a regular-season game at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2003.
The crowd also topped the Final Four mark of 75,421 from 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
It wasn't the biggest basketball crowd in the Cowboys' stadium. The NBA All-Star game drew 108,713 in 2010, less than a year after the opening of the $1.2 billion showplace with a huge video board that hangs above the field or court.
TRIBUTE: Final Four organizers held a moment of silence for the victims of the second mass shooting in five years at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army post about 140 miles to the south.
The three who were killed and 16 others who were injured were honored before the first semifinal between Connecticut and Florida at AT&T Stadium.
Authorities say Spc. Ivan Lopez shot and killed fellow soldiers before taking his own life Wednesday in an attack they say was preceded by an argument and didn't have any ties to terrorism.
In 2009, 13 people were killed by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who had said he was angry about being deployed to Afghanistan and wanted to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. troops.