12:00 PM ET, March 9, 2011
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Kemba Walker keeps getting slighted by his Big East brethren -- and he keeps making everybody he faces pay for it.Walker scored 28 points in another stellar performance Wednesday, leading the Huskies (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) past No. 22 Georgetown 79-62 and into the conference tournament quarterfinals.Many consider Walker a favorite for national player of the year honors, yet he wasn't even a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection -- at least one opposing coach left him off his ballot. And when the conference announced its player of the year Tuesday, it was Notre Dame star Ben Hansbrough who stepped up to the microphone and accepted the award.
• Connecticut earned two wins in the Big East tournament for the first time since winning the title in 2004.
• UConn coach Jim Calhoun earned his 300th win in Big East play.
• The Huskies won at least two games against the Hoyas for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
• Kemba Walker led Connecticut with a game-high 28 points and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel came off the bench to score 12.
• Georgetown will enter the NCAA tournament losing four straight, with its last three losses coming without Chris Wright.
• Connecticut will play Pittsburgh Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Panthers won the lone meeting with the Huskies this season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Big East Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-54 (.500)||22-52 (.423)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-12 (.333)||5-22 (.227)|
|FT Made-Attempted||21-27 (.778)||13-17 (.765)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||24 (0/0)|
Next 5 Games
NEXT-LEVEL: A key part of Kemba Walker's offense during the Big East Tournament has been on pick and roll plays. The Huskies have been setting ball screens more often for Walker, and he's been converting on them with increased efficiency. Kemba Walker Pick and Roll Plays 2010-11 Season First 30 Games Last 2 Games<< Plays PG 3.8 6.5 FG pct 31.8 85.7 Pts per play 0.82 1.62 PPG 3.1 10.5 >>7 plays, 12 points Wednesday vs Georgetown
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