March 20, 2011
2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
Connecticut (28-9) advances to the NCAA Championship's West Regional Semifinal to face #2 San Diego State in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday, March 24, after winning its seventh consecutive game, all in the past 12 days.
Cincinnati finishes the 2010-11 season with a 26-9 record after losing in the NCAA Championship's round of 32 for the third straight time (2004, 2005, 2011). All of Cincinnati's nine losses came against Big East opponents.
Saturday's meeting marked the first time in NCAA Championship history an intraconference game was played before the round of 16. It also marked the sixth time in NCAA Championship history a Big East team has faced another Big East team.
Big East vs. Big East in NCAA Championship
Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun improved to 45-18 all-time in the NCAA Championship, tying him for sixth in tournament history with Bob Knight (45-24) and Jim Boeheim (45-27).
Kemba Walker's 33 points is the fourth-most by a Connecticut player in the school's NCAA Championship history, trailing only Ben Gordon (36), Ray Allen (36) and Caron Butler (34). The 33 points also equals Walker's second-best career scoring performance against a Big East opponent (34 vs. Notre Dame, 3/5/11).
Connecticut's Kemba Walker set a new school-record for points in a season. Walker broke Donyell Marshall's previous mark of 855 points set in 1994 and now has 875 in 37 games this season (23.6 ppg).
Connecticut's Kemba Walker passed Cliff Robinson and Wes Bialosuknia into seventh place on the school's career scoring list. Walker now has 1,693 points in 107 career games.
Connecticut improves to 46-27 in 30 NCAA Championship appearances. Cincinnati falls to 41-24 in 25 NCAA Championship appearances.
Cincinnati's Rashad Bishop made a career-best four 3-pointers, tied a career-high with 8 field goals and finished with 22 points, his fourth career game with 20-or-more points and one point shy of his career-high of 23 set at Providence earlier this season.
Cincinnati fell to 0-9 this season when trailing at halftime. The Bearcats trailed, 36-28, at halftime.
In two games at the Washington, DC, regional site, Connecticut's Kemba Walker finished with 51 points, 17 assists, 14 rebounds, 4 turnovers, 3 steals and 20-of-20 free throws in 74 minutes.