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Big East Tournament 2011: Connecticut Beats Louisville 69-66 To Win Big East Championship

There was under one minute remaining in the Big East Tournament Championship game, and with the Connecticut Huskies down by just one point, there was only one player who could take the potentially game-winning shot. Kemba Walker. Right? He's made three game-winning shots already this year.

But this time, Walker did something equally brilliant. With 33 seconds remaining, he drove to the basket, he jumped towards the rim, and then he dished the ball to Jeremy Lamb for an easy layup to give the Huskies a 65-64 lead over the Louisville Cardinals in the Big East Title game.

Holding a slim lead, Connecticut managed to steal the ball from Louisville on the ensuing possession, and Walker was fouled. He made both free throws to extend UCONN's lead to three.

With nine seconds remaining, Preston Knowles missed a three-point attempt, but the rebound landed in the hands of Mike Marra, who was fouled in the process of shooting a three-pointer with 3.9 seconds to go, setting up the three biggest free throw attempts of Marra's life. He made two of them. He needed all three.

After two free throws from Connecticut's Shabazz Napier increased the team's lead to three again, Knowles had one more chance to send the game to overtime, but his three-point attempt once again rimmed out, giving the Huskies the Big East Tournament title, and making Jim Calhoun the first coach ever to win seven Big East Championship games.