1st game after being crowned Champs of the Maui Invitational, the Huskies hosted the New Hampshire Wildcats. The Wildcats came out strong and even led at the half, Kemba Walker steadied the Huskies as he led them to the win 62-55. The great part about this was that the young Huskies were very much aware of their mistakes and held themselves accountable. Post game comment from Walker: “We’ve got to bring it every night,” he said. “That’s something that I think they will take out of this. And there are some shots that they’ve got to take.” What might of impressed me the most was a post game comment by freshman Shabazz Napier: “We didn’t play the way we played in Maui,” Nappier said. “We just showed how immature we are.” That right there is the reason I love this young team, most freshman wouldn’t be mature enough to admit that. Even after all of the things to be disgusted about during the course of this game, Jim Calhoun has to love that his team is holding themselves accountable at such a young age. Walker hit his season average this game with yet another 30 point performance, Walker also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals! Alex Oriahki did his part with 7 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks !! Shabazz Napier played the best out of the freshman, Napier tallied 11 points and 3 steals.
I honestly think the Huskies will be fine as the season goes on, obviously Kemba can’t keep this pace up forever so they are going to need to step up! Walker is a good leader and I believe he will instill the confidence in his teammates to shoot the ball. Napier, Lamb, and Smith are all capable of getting buckets. It’s just a matter of them feeling comfortable enough to step up WHEN the opportunity arises, by the time Conference play starts I am sure these kids will rise to the challenge. Uconn now moves to 6-0 on the season, their next opponent is Friday against UMBC. Was tonight just an example of a “trap game?” Are the Huskies just not that good of a team, or did they just not bring it tonight?
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