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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) 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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