Kemba Walker scored 28 points in another stellar performance, and Connecticut remained alive in the Big East tournament with an easy 79-62 second-round victory over Georgetown on Wednesday.
UConn coach Jim Calhoun was suspended for three games next season for recruiting violations committed, though the program dodged a major sanction when it was spared a postseason ban.
The University of Connecticut football program has made unprecedented progress this season. Standing in their way in Phoenix will be the mighty Sooners of Oklahoma.
Dave Teggart had four field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder with 17 seconds to play, as Connecticut clinched the Big East’s automatic Bowl Championship Series berth Saturday night with a 19-16 win over South Florida.
Geno Smith threw for a career-high 352 yards, Ryan Clarke had three short touchdown runs and No. 23 West Virginia overcame turnover problems to beat Rutgers 35-14 on Saturday and clinch at least a share of the Big East title.
All eyes were on Cam Newton to see how he would respond – at least on the field – to all the controversy and criticism surrounding his off-field problems.
Connecticut coach Randy Edsall gambled on a key fourth down deep in his own territory and now every team in the Big East race other than Pittsburgh looks like a winner.