NEW YORK — Top-seeded Pitt learned its opening opponent in the Big East Tournament, as No. 9 Connecticut topped No. 8 Georgetown, 79-62, in a second-round game at Madison Square Garden this afternoon.
The Panthers (27-4) will play Connecticut (23-9) in the quarterfinals at noon on Thursday.
Kemba Walker scored 28 points to lead the Huskies, who had routed DePaul in the first round. Georgetown (21-10) has lost four in a row since point guard Chris Wright sustained a broken bone in his left hand.
Pitt beat Connecticut, 78,63, at Petersen Events Center on Dec. 27 when both teams were ranked in the top 10 in the nation. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in the Big East Tournament since they squared off three years in a row in the Big East finals from 2003-05.
In other news, senior guard Brad Wanamaker was one of 25 players in the nation – and four from the Big East — to earn SI.com All-American honors. Wanamaker was part of the 10-man honorable mention team.