March 10, 2011.
Coming into the Big East Tournament, the Huskies had lost four of their last five games. They also finished ninth in the Big East, which meant they did not get a first-round bye. And they felt disrespected.
They started their tournament run by crushing DePaul, then also upsetting Georgetown by double-digits. Up next was the number one seed Pitt Panthers.
UConn had faced off against Pitt once in the regular season and was crushed by 15 points. The cards were stacked up against the Huskies. However, Kemba Walker was not going to just roll on over. He kept UConn in the game all night long and had the ball in his hands with just 13 seconds to play. Pitt had switched Gary McGhee onto Kemba Walker at the top of the key, and it would be a horrible mistake. Walker made two step-back moves on McGhee, breaking his ankles and burying the mid-range jumper to win the game.
"Step-back. WALKER … CARDIAC KEMBA!"
8 years ago today, the legend was born 😤 pic.twitter.com/QETCE0jR6s
— ESPN (@espn) March 10, 2019
UConn would go on to win the Big East and National Championships that year behind their MVP, Cardiac Kemba Walker.