1. SYRACUSE (ACC in 2013)
Series history: Syracuse leads 54-36
UConn's moment: In the infant stages of two decades of Big East supremacy, UConn sank 11-of-14 free throws in the final three minutes to fend off the Orange 78-75 for the 1990 Big East championship. It was the first league title for the Huskies, and there would be six more to come.
Syracuse's moment: Really, the moment -- which spanned almost four hours --belonged to both teams. Syracuse simply outlasted the Huskies, pulling away late (really, really late) for a 127-117 six-overtime victory in the 2009 Big East tournament's second round. Eight players fouled out; Jonny Flynn played 67 minutes; Paul Harris posted 29 points and 22 rebounds; and UConn's backcourt trio of A.J. Price, Kemba Walker and Craig Austrie shot 5-for-30 from 3-point range. It was the longest college basketball game of the shot clock era.
The quote: "I just wanted to get the game over with. For a second I'm thinking, Lord, let's just get this game over, go home. Whoever wins, wins the game. It was getting near that time." -- Jonny Flynn after Syracuse's six-overtime win
2. PITTSBURGH (ACC in 2013)
Series history: UConn leads 32-29
UConn's moment: The Huskies led just once, but a Khalid El-Amin basket with two seconds remaining was enough to propel UConn past Pitt 70-69 in December 1998. Albert Mouring hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to cut the deficit to 69-68. It was the first of many close victories in the 1999 championship run.
Pitt's moment: After coming up short in the 2001 and 2002 Big East title games, a gimpy Brandin Knight and Pitt blasted the Huskies 74-56 to claim the 2003 league championship. Throughout the 2000s, Pitt may have been UConn's fiercest rival. The two teams -- equally rugged and physical on the interior -- engaged in many classic, grind-it-out battles.
The quote: "We think we're a pretty tough basketball team. We might have met our equal tonight toughness-wise." -- Jim Calhoun after UConn's 74-65 victory over Pitt in the 2002 Big East championship game
3. GEORGETOWN (Catholic League in 2014)
Series history: Georgetown leads 34-27
UConn's moment: In what became a back-and-forth duel between Ray Allen and Allen Iverson, UConn's Allen -- among the nation's top guards -- got the last laugh. His legs flailing and body not quite squared up, Allen's leaner hit front rim, backboard and front rim again before dropping in with 13 seconds left in the 1996 Big East championship. Iverson missed a foul-line fallaway on the ensuing possession, and UConn escaped with a 75-74 victory.
Georgetown's moment: A crowd of 15,673 -- at the time, the largest in New England college basketball history -- packed the Hartford Civic Center to watch Patrick Ewing and No. 1 Georgetown handle UConn 81-69 in February of 1984. Ewing, a junior, had 18 points and six rebounds.
The quote: "He shot a shot that there was no way in hell you thought it was going in. But the ball ends up going in the basket. That's why he's a good player." -- Georgetown coach John Thompson after Ray Allen's game-winner in the 1996 Big East final
4. VILLANOVA (Catholic League in 2014)
Series history: Villanova leads 32-30
UConn's moment: Although neither made the 2006 Final Four, UConn and Villanova were perhaps the nation's top two teams throughout the season. Thirteen days after being toppled by 'Nova (and dropped from No. 1 in the polls), the Huskies pulled away for an 89-75 win in the rematch. The crowd at Gampel Pavilion that February afternoon was quite possibly the arena's loudest in the past decade.
Villanova's moment: In February 1995, the Huskies hit No. 1 in the national polls for the first time in program history and extended their Big East-record conference winning streak to 18 games. Then Kerry Kittles, in one of the league's most prolific single-game efforts, dropped 37 points on UConn, which fell 96-73 on its home court.
The quote: "As a fan of the Big East, growing up in Philadelphia, and watching what (Calhoun) did with the UConn program, I'm in awe. I'm in awe of his job at UConn, and also his career." -- Villanova coach Jay Wright on the eve of Calhoun's retirement
5. LOUISVILLE (ACC in 2014)
Series history: Louisville leads 8-6
UConn's moment: Kemba Walker willed the Huskies to their fifth victory in as many days, this one a 69-66 triumph over Louisville for the 2011 Big East championship. Walker scored 19 points, but a dish to Jeremy Lamb gave UConn a 65-64 lead, the final lead change of game.
Louisville's moment: The Cardinals, an eventual 2012 Final Four qualifier, sent the Huskies to one of their most humiliating losses in recent memory: A 80-59 shellacking in February of 2012 at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville led by as many as 30.
The quote: "It was a smart move for (Pittsburgh and Syracuse), in their minds. Syracuse and Pittsburgh's Presidents want something different. They're not taking into consideration all the alumni that Syracuse has in the area. Pitt can go if they want, but it makes no sense with Connecticut because of the unbelievable success that Connecticut has had. ... To me, with Connecticut, I think it's just a ridiculous move." -- Rick Pitino in September 2011 on UConn's interest in the ACC
6. ST. JOHN'S (Catholic League in 2014)
Series history: St. John's leads 34-28
UConn's moment: Ranked No. 1 and sporting an 18-0 record, UConn bounced back from a 12-point second-half deficit at Madison Square Garden and ousted No. 9 St. John's 78-74. This game, a late January 1999 battle between two rival programs and two familiar coaches (Mike Jarvis was the freshman coach at Northeastern when Calhoun led the varsity), would set the stage for the 1999 Big East championship.
St. Johns' moment: After trailing by seven with 37 seconds remaining, UConn forced overtime against the Red Storm, but was unable to secure the victory in a heated February 2002 matchup at the Garden. Calhoun, arguing an Emeka Okafor foul, was ejected in the first half. St. John's guard Marcus Hatten scored a career-high 34 points in the 85-83 win.
The quote: "Connecticut is one of the most arrogant teams, but they always back it up." -- Former St. John's forward Ron Artest after a 1999 loss to UConn
7. NOTRE DAME (ACC in 2014)
Series history: UConn leads 18-10
UConn's moment: The nation's longest home winning streak (45 games) was snapped when the Huskies defeated the Irish 69-61 at the Joyce Center on Jan. 25, 2009. The Notre Dame backcourt was stifled, and UConn forward Jeff Adrien pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds.
Notre Dame's moment: Hasheem Thabeet terrorized heralded Irish forward Luke Harangody, but Notre Dame fended off UConn for a 73-67 win in January of 2008. Kyle McAlarney poured in a career-high 32 points, which helped offset Thabeet's 10-block performance in the paint.
The quote: "That's another blow to the Big East, quite frankly, to see him retire. What he did at Connecticut, to win the national championships he did in a short window and built what he built, I don't know if that (had) ever been done before." -- Notre Dame coach Mike Brey on Calhoun's retirement
8. MARQUETTE (Catholic League in 2014)
Series history: Marquette leads 6-3
UConn's moment: An epic performance from A.J. Price (36 points, eight 3-pointers) propelled No. 2 UConn to a road win at No. 10 Marquette and, more importantly, gave Calhoun his 800th career victory.
Marquette's moment: Steve Novak single-handedly spoiled the 2006 Big East opener for UConn, torching the Huskies for an absurd 41 points and 16 rebounds in a 94-79 romp.
The quote: "He hit fallaways, he hit a 38-footer, you name it. ¦ It was one of the better performances I've seen in quite a while." --Jim Calhoun on Novak's 41-point masterpiece