Kemba Walker scored 24 points, including a dramatic, step-back, game-winning fall-away jumper at the buzzer to lead Connecticut past top-seeded Pittsburgh, 76-74, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Tournament Thursday afternoon.
With the game tied at 74, UConn cleared for Walker, who, in a terrible mismatch, was being guarded by the Panthers' Gary McGhee. Walker used a disgusting crossover -- it sent McGhee sprawling to the floor -- and a jump back to create space and then calmly knocked down the jumper as the buzzer sounded.
Words don't do it justice, so here's the video:
Connecticut advances to play in the semifinals, where they'll meet the winner of the Syracuse-St. John's game. Fr Pittsburgh, their regular season is over, and perhaps with it, their shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Tuesday, March 8 - First Round (ESPN2/ESPN 3D)
No. 9 Connecticut def. No. 16 DePaul, 97-71
No. 13 Rutgers def. No. 12 Seton Hall, 76-70
No. 15 USF def. No. 10 Villanova, 70-69
No. 11 Marquette def. No. 14 Providence, 87-66
Wednesday, March 9 - Second Round (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
No. 9 Connecticut def. No. 8 Georgetown, 79-62
No. 5 St. John's def. No. 13 Rutgers, 65-63
No. 7 Cincinnati def. No. 15 USF, 87-61
No. 11 Marquette def. No. 6 West Virginia, 67-61
Thursday, March 10 - Quarterfinals (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
No. 9 Connecticut def. No. 1 Pittsburgh, 76-74
No. 4 Syracuse (25-6) vs. St. John's 2 p.m.
No. 2 Notre Dame (25-5) vs. Cincinnati 7 p.m.
No. 3 Louisville (23-8) vs. No. 11 Marquette 9 p.m.
Friday, March 11 - Semifinals (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
No. 9 Connecticut vs. Syracuse/St. John's winner 7 p.m.
Thursday evening winners 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 - Championship (ESPN/ESPN 3D)
Semifinal winners 9 p.m.