Even the chairman of the tight-lipped NCAA selection committee can’t deny this simple fact: Heading into this week’s conference tournaments, there’s Kentucky and Syracuse, and then everybody else.
The Hall of Fame coach, who turns 70 in May, has been suffering for several months from spinal stenosis, a lower back condition that causes him severe pain and hampers mobility, according to the release.
Some people told me I was crazy when I made that statement prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday but when you watch “MKG” play, it’s tough not to see why he’s more valuable than anyone else in college basketball.
The annual showdown between hated rivals Louisville and Kentucky comes at high noon on New Year’s Eve on the heels of the Cardinals’ Big East opening game loss at home to Georgetown.
Kemba Walker scored 33 points and the conference that was supposedly so powerful at last put a member into the NCAA tournament’s regional semifinals Saturday night when Connecticut knocked off league foe Cincinnati 69-58.
The Big East is just too big and too good to fit into the usual tidy constraints of the NCAA tournament bracket. So it will come about on Saturday that Connecticut and Cincinnati will meet in the round of 32, the first time in NCAA tournament history an intraconference game has been played before the round of 16.
After another great Friday night of Semi-Finals action, we are in for a special Big East Championship tonight at the Garden as Louisville takes on UConn.
Kemba Walker had 33 points and 12 rebounds in another phenomenal performance and the No. 21 Huskies held off No. 11 Syracuse 76-71 in overtime Friday night in the Big East tournament semifinals.
Kemba Walker hit the winning basket on a classic stepback jumper at the buzzer, and No. 21 Connecticut stunned third-ranked Pittsburgh 76-74 in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament on Thursday.
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.