12:00 PM ET, March 10, 2011
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Kemba Walker's jumper at buzzer gives UConn third win in three days
NEW YORK -- Jim Calhoun drew up a play in the Connecticut huddle that gave Kemba Walker two options for the final shot. He could either take it himself in the closing seconds against Pittsburgh, or kick it to Jamal Coombs-McDaniel if he was covered.As soon as Walker put the ball on the floor, Calhoun knew which choice he'd made.The star point guard used a crossover and shoulder roll to shuck his defender right to the ground, then stepped back and swished the winning basket at the buzzer, lifting the Huskies (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) to a 76-74 victory over the third-ranked Panthers in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Go Big Or Go Home
Kemba Walker is the fifth player in the last 15 seasons to score 20-plus points in three straight Big East tournament games (all in the same tournament).
20-Plus Points, Three Straight Games
|Kemba Walker, UConn||2011|
|Eric Devendorf, Syracuse||2009|
|Sam Young, Pittsburgh||2008|
|Hakim Warrick, Syracuse||2005|
|Ben Gordon, UConn||2004|
— from Elias Sports Bureau
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-58 (.448)||27-49 (.551)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-12 (.250)||8-11 (.727)|
|FT Made-Attempted||21-25 (.840)||12-14 (.857)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|
Next 5 Games
Kemba Walker has excelled this season when he hasn't had any time to rest the next day. In games played on the day immediately following a game day, he is averaging 27.8 PPG and the Huskies are 4-0 in those games - all against ranked opponents.[+]
Kemba Walker by Days Off - This Season
NEXT-LEVEL: Kemba Walker was 4-7 from the floor on isolation plays, including the game winning shot. He finished just 4-15 on all other play types.
ESPN Stats & Information