NEW YORK -- Without Brandin Knight, the Pittsburgh Panthers are a good basketball team.
But with him, they are Big East champions.
Knight led his team, albeit gingerly, onto the Madison Square Garden floor 40 minutes before tip-off Saturday night. Then he led the Panthers to their first-ever Big East title, 74-56 over Connecticut.
"They're the toughest team in the league," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "And they're the best."