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Tennessee Slows Walker, Not Huskies

Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Jan 22 2011 @ 7:31 pm In UConn | No Comments

I am enjoying this season more and more as each game passes, for a recruiting class that wasn’t even ranked in the top 25 recruiting classes before the season began they are doing pretty darn good!! Tennessee’s head coach Bruce Pearl was allowed to coach this game because it was against a non-conference opponent (Pearl is still serving a suspension on coaching in conference), even with Pearl on the bench the Vols couldn’t knock off the Huskies. The Vols did successfully slow down Kemba Walker, what they couldn’t do was stop the rest of the Huskies. In a balanced effort as many of the younger guys stepped up, Uconn beat Tennessee 72-61 to finish their non-conference schedule at a perfect 12-0!! This is just the 4th time in the last 15 years that a Uconn team has accomplished this feat! The Vols were led by Melvin Goins and his 15 points, Scotty Hopson had 13 points on 13 shot attempts. The Vols held Kemba to a season low 16 points, Kemba helped out in other areas with 7 assists and 3 rebounds. Freshman Jeremy Lamb had 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting, Lamb also had 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Roscoe Smith had a great game as well, he and Lamb bothered Hopson all night. Smith finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals while going 4 of 5 from three. Alex Oriahki had another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, what was more suprising from A.O. were his 3 steals!! Shabazz Napier had another solid performance running the show with 4 points,4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Even Charles Okwandu got into the act with 6 points and 5 rebounds, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel hit two 3-pointers to finish with 6 points as well. I told you all at the beginning of the season that this freshman class was special, it speaks volumes to the coaching job Jim Calhoun has done. It’s very unusual for a team to be this successful when relying on so many underclassmen, obviously Calhoun saw something in these freshman that the rest of the country didn’t. Uconn is now 16-2 and 4-2 in the Big East, ┬áthe Huskies next opponnent is Marquette on Tuesday. Uconn needs to be ready to play a very tough Marquette team, this is also another good test for the Huskies since this game is a road game.

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