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The Story of Kentucky’s Dramatic Elite Eight Win in Two Comical Ashley Judd GIFs

[Insert quotation from Ashley Judd film Double Jeopardy here.]

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The University of Kentucky maintained its undefeated record and advanced to the Final Four of the men’s NCAA Tournament on Saturday with a dramatic 68-66 victory over third-seeded Notre Dame.

The Wildcats moved to 38-0 on the strength of a pair of Andrew Harrison free throws with six seconds left to play, but the story of how close John Calipari’s team came to being eliminated by the Fighting Irish—who led or were tied for the vast majority of the second half—is best told in these two GIFs of UK superfan and actress Ashley Judd.

First, there was this image of Judd appearing incredibly nervous after Pat Connaughton dunked on Kentucky to put Notre Dame up 46-42 with less than 15 minutes left in the game.

But everything ended OK for Ashley when Kentucky completed the comeback from a 6-point deficit with just more than six minutes left to play, and Harrison sunk those two crucial free throws.

Kentucky will face Wisconsin next weekend in the Final Four, and Judd will hopefully make all sorts of hilariously expressive displays (like this one from Kentucky’s 78-39 win over West Virginia in the previous round) to be captured on Twitter.