The Connecticut Huskies entered the 2011 Big East Tournament having not won a game in the conference's postseason tourney in six years. On Wednesday, they won their second game of this year's edition, knocking off the Georgetown Hoyas 79-62 to set up a date with the top seeded Pitt Panthers tomorrow. UConn's Kemba Walker led the way with 28 points on an efficient 10-19 shooting. Walker also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists.
Georgetown is now officially limping into the NCAA Tournament. They've lost four in a row now, including two losses to Cincinnati and a home loss to Syracuse. Without starting point guard Chris Wright, junior Jason Clark stepped up and led the Hoyas with 23 points, but the team shot just 42-percent from the field and a dismal 22-percent from beyond the arc. Only five Hoyas actually scored, including just five points off the bench. Georgetown is in the NCAA Tournament but will be sweating on Selection Sunday, and it will be interesting to see how their seed is affected by their recent slide.
This is the type of win that could propel the Huskies into a big run this week at the Garden. Yes, they do have the top-seeded Pitt Panthers coming up tomorrow, but Connecticut also has arguably the best player in the tournament in Walker. Walker has carried this UConn team on his back, and there's no reason to think he can't continue to do so, and lead them to another big win tomorrow.
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