Brandon Knight scored 22 points and DeAndre Liggins hit a key three-pointer late in the game to lead UK to its first national semifinal appearance since 1998.
Kentucky will play Connecticut next Saturday in Houston; Butler takes on VCU in the other Final Four game.
UK last played Connecticut in November in the Maui Invitational. The Huskies won that game 84-67. They’ll tipoff Saturday around 8:50pm in Houston.