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“Well, you know, like I said before, I’m one of the more experienced guys on my team and I’ve been through a lot,” Walker said. “I’m that guy on this team.”

Boeheim also doesn’t seem to think playing four games in four days will do much to slow down Walker, whose winning jumper against Pitt came after a nifty crossover dribble and paralyzing shoulder roll that got him open just inside the 3-point arc.

“They’re a team that can do that, I really think they can,” Boeheim said of running through the tournament without any byes. “Kemba Walker can play eight nights in a row, and they play a lot of guys, and I don’t see that being a factor.”

Seven of the eight teams left in the Big East tournament Thursday were ranked in the Top 25, and all of them had already reached 20 wins.

Along with No. 21 UConn’s win over third-ranked Pittsburgh and No. 11 Syracuse’s 79-73 victory over 17th-ranked St. John’s, No. 4 Notre Dame rolled to an 89-51 victory over No. 25 Cincinnati in the most lopsided quarterfinal in tournament history.

The Fighting Irish will face No. 14 Louisville, which ended Marquette’s run after two wins at Madison Square Garden with an 81-56 victory in the nightcap.

While it won’t have quite the same backdrop as Syracuse-UConn, there is still plenty at stake for the Fighting Irish and Cardinals. Notre Dame believes it can earn a No. 1 seed to the NCAA tournament if it keeps winning, while Louisville has won five of its last six games.

“I told these guys before the game, I said, ‘Not since 1996 did I walk into a place and feel as confident as this,’” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. “The way these guys play, with confidence and dedication, we know each night we’re going to bring it.”