No. 9 Connecticut 69, No. 3 Louisville 66
Records: Connecticut (26-9); Louisville (25-9)
Connecticut won its seventh BIG EAST Championship, tying Georgetown for the most BIG EAST titles. It is Connecticut’s first BIG EAST title since 2004.
Connecticut is the first team to play – let alone win - five games in five days in a conference tournament.
Connecticut is believed to be the first team in college basketball history to win games in five consecutive days and defeat four top-25 teams in four consecutive days.
Connecticut is the only school in Division I whose football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams won conference titles in the 2010-11 academic year. Ohio State would accomplish the same feat if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten men’s basketball title tomorrow.
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun won his 33rd game in the BIG EAST Championship, tying former Georgetown coach John Thompson for second place on the all-time tournament wins list.
Jim Calhoun won a record seventh BIG EAST Championship.
Tonight’s win was the 600th of Jim Calhoun’s career at Connecticut.
Connecticut is the second No. 9 seed to win the BIG EAST Championship, joining Syracuse in 2006.
Kemba Walker scored a game-high 19 points to finish the tournament with 130 points and shatter the previous tournament scoring record of 84 points, set by Eric Devendorf of Syracuse in 2009.
Kemba Walker averaged 26.0 points in five BIG EAST Championship games this year.
Connecticut became the sixth school to win the BIG EAST Championship in the last six years.
Connecticut is 8-0 in in-season and postseason tournament play this season.