UConn vs. Pittsburgh Basketball: Kemba Walker, Huskies Exploit Pitt's Mistakes

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  Shabazz Napier #13 and Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters  at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Prior to the Big East Tournament quarterfinal contest featuring the University of Connecticut Huskies and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, UConn's leader, Kemba Walker, and the Huskies' freshmen game-changers, Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb, had to know that Pittsburgh was the overwhelming favorite to win.

Pittsburgh has been a lot more consistent this year, and the Panthers' rebounding leaves you awestruck. But, no matter how defeated the Huskies may have looked in the early minutes of the game, they never let it get completely away from them. 

The game's end came and went with many asking, "Why was Brad Wanamaker not covering Walker on that last shot attempt that won the game in UConn's favor?"

The Huskies were so excited about the buzzer beater, but it left Pittsburgh fans scratching their heads.

Everyone knew whose hands the ball would be in for that shot, and we all saw how Wanamaker started to make the switch to guard Walker when both teams came out of the timeout. However, after seeing that McGhee was locked in, Wanamaker gave him space and let him make the defensive play.

Unfortunately for Pitt, Walker managed to get past McGhee and got the shot off with plenty of time left.

Of course, this mistake on defense was not the only one that Pittsburgh made during the game. They were defeated heavily on the boards, and even though Gibbs' three-point makes did not fall upon blind eyes, the turnovers and foul trouble caused this game to slip through the Panthers' fingers.