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4 Games,4 Days,1 OT…..NO PROBLEM!!
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Mar 11 2011 @ 9:57 pm In UConn | No Comments
The Uconn Huskies have done it again, they have shocked the world and quieted critics. In the past 4 days, the Huskies have knocked off Georgetown, Pitt, and tonight….Syracuse!! They are just the 3rd team to ever win on their 4th day of play in the Big East Tournament. The last time these 2 teams met resulted in an epic battle that will last in all of our hearts forever, they fought each other tooth and nail for 6 OVERTIMES!! Syracuse came out on top in that one, this game resembled parts of that historic game in terms of the end of regulation. The only difference in this game is that Uconn beat Syracuse, the Huskies beat the Orangemen 76-71 in Madison Square Garden to advance to tomorrow’s Big East Tournament Finals. This game was amazing in it’s own right, Uconn was up by 3 with a chance to close the game out with Shabazz Napier at the line. Napier missed, the Cuse came down and Scoop Jardine hit a DEEP three to tie it with 4.6 seconds left. Uconn drew up a great play on the inbound but Donnell Beverly’s pass to Kemba Walker was errant. That is how we got to overtime and that’s when we found out how much this Uconn team wants it!! Uconn outscored the Cuse 8 to 3 in overtime, Uconn got great play from their freshmen this game. Jeremy Lamb was responsible for 4 of those 8 points in overtime!! Tyler Olander logged heavy minutes this game and really produced, the freshman had 7 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes of playing time. Roscoe Smith got hurt last game and I had thought he was going to be held out until the NCAA Tourney, well he started tonight’s game but he only played 5 minutes. Alex Oriahki continued his recent high level of play by posting 15 points and 11 boards before fouling out. Uconn ended up beating the Orangemen on the boards 45 to 37, the Husky bigs did a good job fighting for position. Charles Okwandu’s greatest contribution tonight was his 3 blocked shots, he only grabbed 4 rebounds and was also a victim of foul trouble. Earlier I had mentioned Jeremy Lamb, well Lamb hit 2 HUGE runners for the Huskies late in this game and played outstanding defense on Kris Joseph(20 points) forcing him into 7 of 19 shooting from the floor. Lamb also did a great job flashing to the middle of Syracuse’s zone defense to help break it down. Last but not least, Mr. Kemba Walker. Kemba is proving why he BETTER be in the conversation for National Player of the Year. I told you how Uconn beat Syracuse on the boards, well Kemba grabbed the most boards on the team!! He really STUFFED the stat sheet tonight by scoring 33 points, grabbing 12 boards, dropping 5 dimes, and he came up with 6 steals!! He really trusts his teammates, in overtime it was Kemba who willfully gave the ball up to Lamb for those buckets. Earlier in the game, Uconn was in transition with Kemba pushing the break and he slowed down to kick the ball out to a wide-open Napier who DRILLED the 3 pointer!! The kid is special, this Uconn team matches his will to win and that’s how they’ve accomplished what they have this season and this past 4 days. No one in the country other than the Uconn faithful, and maybe even some of them didn’t think this team was going to be this good, well I felt it all along and I take great pride in saying I told you so. This freshman class is special and Kemba Walker is the best player in the nation!! Uconn plays the winner of Notre Dame and Louisville in tomorrow’s Big East Championship. The Huskies got swept by both teams in Conference Play this year, maybe tomorrow will have a different result!!
Kemba Walker also broke the Big East Tournament Scoring record, well blew it out the water is more appropriate . The record was 84, Kemba had 78 BEFORE tonight’s game!!
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