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Aaron and Andrew Harrison returning to Kentucky

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Kentucky fans are still trying to get over a tough loss to UConn in the national championship game earlier this month, and they received some great news on Friday that should execrate the healing process. The Wildcats’ twin guards, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison, have decided to return to Kentucky for their sophomore seasons.

Both Aaron and Andrew announced the decision on their respective Twitter accounts.

As usual, John Calipari is expected to bring in one of the top recruiting classes next season. The return of the Harrison twins will give the Wildcats something they have been lacking in recent years come tournament time — experience.

“They wanted to stay in school,” the twins’ father Aaron told ESPN on Friday. “They wanted to explore their options and see what’s out there. They probably made up their minds last week. All the information they got from the draft was that they were middle to late first round. They had to weigh going back to school and improving and maturing. All the things added up to that.”

Julius Randle and James Young, Kentucky’s top two scorers, have already declared for the draft. However, the Harrisons will join Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson as freshman who have decided to stick around for another year.

“I’m coming back for a second season in large part because last year’s title run was special, but we still have unfinished business,” Aaron said.

Aaron knocked down not one but two game-winning 3-pointers in the NCAA Tournament to spark Kentucky’s improbable run to the Final Four. The Wildcats should be the No. 1 team in the preseason rankings later this year for a second straight year.

Aaron Harrison makes another game-winning 3-pointer (Video)

Aaron Harrison has earned legend status through his play at the NCAA Tournament. The Kentucky freshman made yet another deciding shot for the Wildcats during their tourney run when he hit a game-winning 3-pointer to beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night in the Final Four. Harrison also drained the game-winning 3-pointer against Michigan to send Kentucky to the Final Four.

And how’s this stat for you? Kentucky made two 3-pointers all night — their first and their last.

Goodness gracious. And can you believe how far away Harrison was on that shot:

Aaron Harrison 3-pointer

Harrison also had a huge 3-pointer to put Kentucky up 70-68 on Louisville and give them the lead for good in that game. What a baller.

Aaron Harrison hits game-winning 3-pointer (Video)

Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison did not score a single point in the first half of his team’s Elite 8 matchup against Michigan on Sunday. It didn’t matter, because the freshman got scorching hot in the late part of the game and wound up playing the role of hero for the Wildcats.

Harrison hit a game-winning 3-pointer with just 2.6 seconds remaining to send his team to the Final Four. He single-handedly kept Kentucky in the game by knocking down four-straight 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game. His game-winner came from well beyond the arc with a hand in his face.

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Kentucky, a No. 8 seed, will take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the Final Four next weekend.

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