Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Road to Houston: UConn

4 teams remain. All have spectacular stories, and deserve to be where they are....... at least I think so. 4 Teams represented from 4 different conferences. Big East, CAA, Horizon, and SEC. We start our story with the team from Storrs, Connecticut.
The UConn Huskies have the face of college basketball on their team. Kemba Walker, Mr. Dynamite. He may not score as much as Jimmer, but he contributes just as much to his team, if not more. It all started early this season in Mauii, when the world met Kemba. He dropped 31 on Witchita State, 30 on #2 Michigan State, and capped it off with 29 points against #9 Kentucky. He laid down expectations for himself and The Huskies for the rest of the season. But, Coach Calhoun and the Huskies hit some rough areas during their season, at one point UConn lost 4 of 5 games in conference. They finished in 9th in the Big East regular season standings. Then the rest, well that is history. The spectacular run through the Big East Tournament. The crushing of Depaul. The romp of Georgetown. Kemba's crossover pull-up jumper, that broke Gary McGhee's ankles and sunk Pittsburgh. The overtime thriller against Syracuse, and the close call against Louisville. Kemba Walker dominated every game. The Huskies won 5 games in 5 days and took home The Big East Title.
The Hukies earned a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament. They ran through Bucknell, and beats Cincinati. The knocked off #2 seed San Diego State in Anaheim. Kemba Walker dropped 36 against the defensive minded Aztecs, and then they held on against Arizona in a thrilling finish. Arizona looked like the hottest team in the tournament, and had the hottest player in Derrick Williams. The Huskies were able to get Williams into foul trouble, which was the downfall of the Wildcats.
As much as it seems like Kemba is doing all the work, he has help. Jeremy Lamb has become a rising star. He gave 19 points in the win against Arizona. Alex Oriahki has been fantastic, making big plays inside whenever called upon. These Huskies will have to face #4 seed Kentucky. The preview of the Wildcats will be coming soon.-Josh Neighbors

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