2011 NCAA Tournament Field: UConn Tops Louisville To Earn Big East Automatic Berth

The Big East was never in real danger of having an automatic berth-winner that would not have otherwise qualified for the 2011 NCAA Tournament. But with Connecticut's 69-66 victory over Louisville in the Big East Championship, the Huskies may have pulled off the greatest accomplishment in conference tournament history.

Kemba Walker, as usual, was fantastic for the Huskies: he had 19 points, staked UConn to a huge first half lead, and made a splendid pass to Jeremy Lamb for the lay-up that gave his team a lead it would not relinquish. Walker's Big East Tournament performance set all sorts of records, and his 130 points over UConn's unprecedented five wins in five days will likely be emblazoned in lore for a long, long time. Heroism isn't quite right for sports, but there are certainly heroics, and Kemba Walker's play over the last five days qualifies.

With the win, expect UConn to get a 2 or 3 seed from the NCAA Selection Committee; Louisville might well be a 3 seed if the Huskies get a 2.

For more, be sure to check out SB Nation's Louisville blog, Card Chronicle, and our UConn blog, the appropriately-named UConn Blog.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.