The UConn Huskies opened up the Big East Tournament in impressive fashion with their 97-71 drubbing of DePaul, breaking a six year absence between Big East tournament wins. Not surprisingly, the Huskies were led by all Big East standout Kemba Walker, who scored 26.
More surprising was the performance of freshman Jeremy Lamb, who dropped 19 today after averaging just over 9 points in the regular season.
The two time national champions and six time Big East tourney champs had been on an incredible six streak where they had not managed to win a single game in the Big East tournament. Four of those six losses came at the hands of Syracuse, including perhaps the most famous Big East tourney game of all time, which was the six overtime loss in 2009.
UConn’s win sets up a date with Georgetown tomorrow at noon in the semi finals. The winner of that matchup will face the regular season Big East champion Pitt Panthers.