Big East Tournament: The City That Never Sleeps Sees UConn, Louisville Both Win In Overtime

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Big East Tournament: Louisville Rallies To Beat Notre Dame, 83-77, In Overtime

UConn and Syracuse had gone to overtime in their Big East tournament game (again). Five of the last nine games between Louisville and Notre Dame had been decided in overtime. Could the Irish and the Cardinals make the Big East two-for-two in semifinal games needing at least one extra period?

At the half, the answer appeared to be a resounding "no." Notre Dame led by 14, 46-32, and Louisville had held just one lead, and that was a one-point edge five minutes into the game. But at halftime, Louisville began chipping away a little bit at a time. Eventually, they went on a 17-5 run to take a two-point lead. Notre Dame ended up tying the game to end regulation, but it already felt like the game -- and maybe a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament -- was slipping away.

And it was. Louisville never trailed in overtime and won 83-77, completing either an epic comeback or an epic collapse depending on your point of view.

Preston Knowles led the Cardinals with 20, one of four Louisville players to score double digits -- Terrence Jennings, Peyton Siva and Kyle Kuric being the others. Scott Martin had a game-high 21 for Notre Dame and four of his teammates scored 10 or more, including Tim Abromaitis, Ben Hansbrough, Tyrone Nash and Carleton Scott. But the Irish went ice-cold at the wrong time, scoring just more than half of their first-half total in the second.

Louisville goes to the Big East championship game tomorrow, where they'll play UConn.


Big East Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: No. 21 UConn Wins Less-Epic Overtime Game Vs. No. 11 Syracuse, 76-71

One of these days, maybe UConn and Syracuse can finish their Big East tournament game on regulation. Almost years to the day after a six-overtime Syracuse win in the longest game in Big East history, Connecticut won a semifinal game Friday night in just one extra period, 76-71.

Kemba Walker was dominant, scoring a game-high 33 and shooting 13-of-14 from the free-throw line to continue a stellar tournament run in which he's scored 111 points. Walker also had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Alex Orakhi and Jeremy Lamb were also in double digits for UConn, with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Oriakhi had 11 rebounds.

Syracuse almost didn't get to overtime, but Scoop Jardine hit two clutch three-point shots in the last 20 seconds of the game and ended up tied with Kris Joseph for the team lead in scoring, with 20 points. Free throws helped kill the Orange, who went 1-4 from the line in overtime, including missing the front end of two one-and-ones. Syracuse only made 45.5 percent of its free throws on the game.

The Huskies will face the winner of the Notre Dame-Louisville semifinal game, which begins shortly

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