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Uconn Drops Bucknell Behind Balanced Attack
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Mar 18 2011 @ 1:26 am In UConn | No Comments
I would first like to apologize for the delay in posting this after the game, I attended the Uconn-Bucknell game here in D.C. It was the first time this year I’ve got to see THIS Uconn team in person, they are very impressive to say the least. Uconn had the luxury of a few days off after their dizzying 5 Games in 5 Days performance in the Big East Tournament. Uconn came out strong and took care of business by beating Bucknell 82-51. The greatest thing about this game was the performance of the “supporting cast”, Kemba Walker got off to a slow start due to the pressure Bucknell threw his way. Instead of forcing it, Kemba did a great job running the offense and trusting his teammates to make plays. Jeremy Lamb(16pts) showed us a glimpse of the future tonight by doing a great job moving without the ball, he definitely made Bucknell pay for the extra attention they awarded Walker. Roscoe Smith(17pts) also got out to a great start, Roscoe started the game with a huge and-1 where he cut baseline, recieved the pass and dunked on a Bucknell player. Roscoe also did a great job running off of screens and popping out and knocking down the open jumpers. Uconn dictated the tempo of the game from the start because of their great defensive intensity, they owned the boards and didn’t allow many points in the paint. Kemba really showed that he’s more than just a “scoring” guard by the way he ran his team, as the game progressed he got going. The younger kids really stepped up and showed their continued growth by executing all night, rarely did they have any mental lapses. I have really come to accept that maybe this team is just a “Tournament” team, they truly excel in these conditions. The atmosphere in the Verizon Center was electric, the Bucknell faithful definitely came out and supported their team. Unfortunately for them, the Huskies didn’t give them much to cheer about. As I said earlier, this was my first time seeing this Connecticut team in person. Jeremy Lamb and Roscoe Smith are very gangly and athletic, Alex Oriahki(9pts&12rebs) is a grown man in the paint, Shabazz Napier(7pts) has great poise to match his handle, and Kemba Walker is very exciting in the open court. There were a couple moments this evening where a couple of the Huskies made a few breathtaking moves, Shabazz Napier and Kemba Walker are a joy to watch when the ball is in their hands. Kemba finished the night with 18 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds!! By dropping 12 dimes he broke a school record for a Tournament game. If Uconn continues to bring this type of defensive effort every game, who knows where they can end up when it’s all said and done!! They take on the Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday night at 9:40 pm at the Verizon Center, I shall be in the building for that game as well!!
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