It is early in the season as far as college basketball goes, like extremely early because we’re still in the midst of the early season tournaments. If any of you who are reading this did not get to watch the game this evening, let me say IT FELT LIKE A FINAL FOUR GAME!! Uconn beat #2 Ranked Michigan St. 70-67!!
Michigan St. is a very good team, with that in mind I as most others that were watching learned that these young men at Uconn are just as good. In my previous post I had said that the lack of experience would come into play for the Huskies, I was wrong because it was the Spartans that were not composed down the stretch. Jim Calhoun’s kids grew up drastically in the last 24 hours, they were poised from start to finish. Kemba Walker might not only be the best PG in the country, but his name needs to be added to the mix when discussing the nation’s best player. Walker’s game has grown over the summer, he attributes it to the time spent with USA Basketball’s Select team. That’s the team filled with the nation’s top college players that scrimmages against the US Senior team during training camp. Walker wasn’t the only one who benefited from the opportunity, he is able to take those things he learned and lead his team at Uconn. Walker went for 30 points again as he led the young Huskies to victory. Along with his 30 points Walker had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Alex Oriahki more than held his own down low as he finished with another double double (15 pts, 17 rebs), Oriahki had 10-10 by halftime. Shabazz Napier only had 7 points, but his contribution was on the defensive end as he terrorized the Spartan guards all over the court. Napier is a defensive force on his own, when paired with Walker I don’t know if there’s a back-court in the nation that can deal with that kind of ball pressure. Roscoe Smith quietly contributes, when watching it’s hard to find him on the court. By the time the game’s over all you have to do is look at the box score, he’s all over the place. Smith finished the night with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a timely 3 pointer. I now know how Neils Giffey affects a basketball game for the Huskies, he’s the glue guy. Giffey is always in the right spot to grab a loose ball, or get a timely deflection, or make the right pass on offense. Giffey did a great job tonight, but his contributions often don’t show up in the box score. This was a total team win for the Huskies, if they’re the 10th best team in the Big East then I’d hate to play the 9 teams ahead of them. Uconn plays in the Maui Invitational Finals tomorrow night, they play the winner of the Kentucky-Washington game.
Kemba Walker is averaging 30.3 points so far this season while shooting 50% from the field, 87% from the foul line, and 35% from beyond the arch. Walker has scored a total of 103 points in the last 3 games. Do you think this is just a hot stretch that will be shortly lived, or do you think Kemba can keep up this level of play throughout the season? Whether it’s Kentucky or Washington tomorrow, do you think Uconn has a good chance of winning??
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