Louisville, Connecticut Win to Reach Big East Basketball Tournament Final

The University of Louisville defeated the University of Notre Dame 83-77 in overtime to gain a spot against the University of Connecticut in the final of the Big East men’s college basketball tournament.

The Cardinals and Huskies meet tonight for the title and an automatic berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament. If Connecticut wins the Big East, it will become the first school to win five games in five days to take the conference title.

Preston Knowles had 20 points to lead Louisville (25-8, 12- 6 Big East) past the Fighting Irish at Madison Square Garden in New York last night. The Cardinals outscored Notre Dame 11-5 in overtime.

Scott Martin had 21 points, one of five starters to score in double digits for Notre Dame (26-6, 14-4 Big East).

Kemba Walker had 33 points to lead Connecticut (25-9, 9-9 Big East) to a 76-71 overtime win over Syracuse. The last time the schools met in the Big East tournament, in 2009, it took six overtimes for Syracuse to win, 127-117.

The Huskies will be seeking their seventh title in 10 trips to the conference final, which would tie Georgetown for the most championships.

Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph had 20 points each for the Orange (26-7, 12-6 Big East).

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