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The Connecticut Huskies will attempt to win their fifth game in five days on Saturday when they face off with the Louisville Cardinals in the Big East Tournament final.

The Huskies may be the No. 9 seed in the tournament but they've played like a No. 1 behind star guard Kemba Walker. Connecticut began the tournament with a 97-71 rout of DePaul as a 14.5-point favorite and knocked off Georgetown in the second round 79-62 as 3-point chalk.

The Huskies have been underdogs every since, starting with their quarterfinal matchup against No. 1 seed Pittsburgh. UConn was a 5.5-point 'dog and upset the Panthers 76-74. In the semifinals on Friday the Huskies clashed with the No. 4 seed Syracuse Orange as a 4-point underdog. The Huskies needed overtime to do it, but they took down the Orange 76-71.

Walker netted a game-high 33 points to go with 10 rebounds against Syracuse, while Alex Oriakhi chipped in with 15 points and 10 boards. Walker is averaging 27.8 points per game in the tournament and will try to carry the Huskies to their first Big East Tournament title since 2004.

The Cardinals were unstoppable in their tournament opener, an 81-56 pounding of Marquette as a 3.5-point favorite. In their semifinal clash against Notre Dame it looked like the Cardinals were on their way out after going into the half down 14 points. However, the Cardinals stormed back in the second half to send the game to overtime. In OT, spurred on by Preston Knowles and his game-high 20 points, the Cards came away with an 83-77 win as a 2-point underdog.

The Huskies may be one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, but the Cardinals shouldn't be too worried about drawing them in the final. During the regular season Louisville was 2-0 both SU and ATS versus the Huskies. Louisville edged UConn 79-78 as a 5.5-point road 'dog back in January and at home a month later they ripped the Huskies 71-58 as 3.5-point chalk. Louisville neutralized Walker in both wins and will need to find a way to slow him down again to beat Connecticut.

In the Big 12 Tournament the top two seeds meet up in the final on Saturday as No. 1 Kansas goes up against No. 2 Texas.

The Jayhawks started off the tournament slowly and barely escaped an upset loss against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the quarterfinals. Kansas was a 14.5-point favorite but just slipped past the Cowboys 63-62.

In the semifinals Kansas reaffirmed why they were the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 2 team in the nation by thumping the Colorado Buffaloes 90-83 as 12-point chalk. The Marcus brothers dominated in the win, as Marcus and Markieff each tossed in 20 points.

Texas has looked strong in the tournament so far, starting out with a 74-54 drubbing of Oklahoma as a 13.5-point favorite. Last night in the semis the Longhorns easily dispatched Texas A&M 70-58 as a 6.5-point favorite. Jordan Hamilton led Texas with 17 points, and Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Longhorns were one of only two teams to beat the Jayhawks this season. Even more impressive was that Texas won at Kansas, snapping the Jayhawks' 69-game home winning streak with a 74-63 win as 7-point favorites. J'Covan Brown led the Longhorns with 23 points and Hamilton added 17 points and nine boards. Marcus Morris had 16 points for Kansas, while Markieff was held to only 10 points.

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