A tired UConn squad gave all they had to build a 14-point lead over the Cardinals early in the first half at Madison Square Garden in New York City. But Louisville fought back, cutting the lead nearly in half before halftime.
The Huskies struggled late in the first half after star Kemba Walker picked up his second foul. Coach Jim Calhoun took Walker out of the game with eight minutes left in the first half. Walker returned with just seconds remaining in the first half. UConn led by six going into the intermission.
As the second half began, UConn struggled to find a rhythm, beginning 0 for 7 from the field. Walker also took time to get back into the swing of the game, being held without a field goal for more than 15 minutes in the second half.
Louisville took a one point lead with 1:57 left in the game, but UConn reclaimed the lead for good when Walker slipped a pass to Jeremy Lamb who made the go-ahead layup with 33 seconds left.
UConn will now wait to see where they will be seeded and who they will play in the first round of the NCAA tournament.