7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2011
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Kemba Walker immediately flashed back two full years the moment the buzzer sounded, just like everyone inside Madison Square Garden who remembered that night.Connecticut and Syracuse were headed to overtime in the Big East tournament. Again.This time, there'd be only one.Walker had 33 points and 12 rebounds in another phenomenal performance Friday night, and the Huskies (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) held on after blowing a late lead to beat No. 11 Syracuse 76-71 in the semifinals -- two years after their six-overtime marathon in Manhattan.
Kemba Walker Wows Them All
After his game Friday, Kemba Walker wanted a picture with Bill Clinton. Or maybe it was the other way around, writes Dana O'Neil. Blog
Kemba Walker's run mirrors Gerry McNamara's magic for Syracuse in '06, and UConn's star wants to cap it with a Big East title, writes Kieran Darcy. Story
• UConn would become the first school in history to win five games in five days to earn a Big East conference championship if it prevails Sunday.
• UConn's Kemba Walker has scored 111 points through four games, which breaks a conference record for most points in a single Big East tournament.
• This was the first time these teams have played in the Big East tournament since the six-overtime game in 2009, which Syracuse won 127-117.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-66 (.379)||28-76 (.368)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-17 (.235)||10-24 (.417)|
|FT Made-Attempted||22-28 (.786)||5-11 (.455)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|
Next 5 Games
Held to a season-low 8 points in Connecticut's first meeting with Syracuse this season... Kemba Walker got revenge Friday, outplaying the Orange's starting backcourt by himself. Walker outscored the duo of Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine by 9 points while making as many shots from the field on 13 fewer attempts. Walker also added 12 rebounds and 6 steals while Triche and Jardine combined for just 4 rebounds and a steal.[+]
Kemba Walker vs Syracuse Starting Backcourt
Not 6 OT this time...[+]
Syracuse-Connecticut - Last Two Big East Championship OT Games
Connecticut advances to Big East Championship Title Game for the 10th time and first time since 2004. From 1995-04, UCONN appeared in the Final 8 times in 10 years.[+]
Most Big East Championship Title Game Appearances
The Huskies will be going for their 7th Big East Championship title, which would tie Georgetown for most.[+]
Big East Championship Titles - By School
Connecticut advances to Big East Championship Title Game for the 10th time and first time since 2004. From 1995-04, UCONN appeared in the Final 8 times in 10 years. The Huskies will be going for their 7th Big East Championship title, which would tie Georgetown for most.[+]
Connecticut Huskies - In Big East Championship Title Game
Entering this year, 15 teams have won four games in exactly four days to capture their conference tournament title. Connecticut would be the first to win 5 games in 5 days. However, only 6 of those 15 teams went on to win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament.[+]
Teams To Win 4 Games in 4 Days - To Win Conference Tournament
ESPN Stats & Information