Coming into last night’s game the Uconn Huskies fresh (off beating the #2 Michigan St. Spartans) were prepared for a track meet against the #9 Kentucky Wildcats. Maybe the Wildcats should have prepared for a track meet against the Huskies, Uconn ran the Wildcats out the gym!!You would think after Calipari faced Uconn last year he would remember that Kemba Walker loves to get out and run. Kentucky didn’t know what was in store for them, they are so used to pushing the tempo and speeding teams up so they had no idea how to deal with a team that could speed THEM up!! The Huskies ran to a 50-29 halftime lead, the Wildcats never recovered. The Huskies shot 57.7 percent from the field while holding the Wildcats to 36.7 percent, the Huskies defense was outstanding to say the least.
I would like to start off by saying I have nothing against Brandon Knight, but I can’t believe people really thought he was going to have success tonight against Uconn’s extremely quick back court. Of all the lottery pick PG’s Calipari has had the last couple seasons, Knight is the only one that NEEDS a pick to operate. He was routinely smoothered by not only Kemba Walker, but Shabazz Napier drove Knight and fellow freshman Doron Lamb nuts!! Knight finished the night with 6 points, 5 assists, and 5 turnovers. Knight shot 3-15 from the field, going 0-8 from 3 point land!! Calipari never had an answer for Uconn’s guards, they went wherever they wanted when they wanted whenever they wanted!! Kentucky tried to go zone, but that didn’t work either so they went back to man-to-man. Uconn’s interior defense was superb as Kentucky couldn’t get a shot off let alone points in the paint. The lone bright spot for Kentucky was forward Terrence Jones, the young man was outstanding. Jones finished with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Anchoring that Uconn defense was Alex Oriahki, A.O. finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds not to mention 3 blocks and numerous shot challenges. Freshman Neils Giffey showed out last night offensively, Giffey had 14 points on 5-6 shooting from the field and 2-2 from the charity stripe. Jamal Coombs-McDaniel made an impact as well, he had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Shabazz Napier finished with 12 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. Kemba Walker final performance in Maui went like this; 29 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals!! Walker finished just 3 points short of the Tournament’s scoring record of 93 points by Chaminade’s George Gilmore. What do you think of Uconn’s performance in Maui?? How high should the Huskies be ranked?? How good is Kemba Walker??
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