Notre Dame advance to the Elite Eight with 61-56 win over Wisconsin
Ballard High School grad Kelan Martin sparked the Butler University men's basketball team to a first-round triumph over Tubby Smith's Texas Tech team Thursday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament. (Source: NCAA)
By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Demetrius Jackson stripped the ball and scored the go-ahead layup with 14.7 seconds left and Notre Dame advanced to the brink of its first Final Four in 38 years with a 61-56 win over Wisconsin on Friday night in the East Region semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.
Jackson sealed the win with a pair of free throws to send the Irish (24-11) into a regional final for the second straight season.
Notre Dame lost to Kentucky a year ago. This year, the Irish will get a shot at top-seeded North Carolina or Indiana on Sunday.
Vitto Brown's 3-pointer with 26 seconds left put the Badgers (22-13) up 56-53 and kept Wisconsin's shot at a third straight Final Four alive.
But the Irish shook off a miserable shooting game down the stretch and have their first Final Four since 1978 in sight.
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