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“It’s a little surreal right now,” Walker said, “but hopefully we can bring it back to Storrs.”

The Big East hasn’t won a national title since UConn claimed its second in 2004. Since then, the ACC has won three, the SEC two and the Big 12 one.

One of these days, a little guy is bound to add its name to the list. Even Calhoun acknowledges that.

“I think starting in 2012, 2013, it would be a wonderful idea,” he said.