Coming into the Final Four, no team had more pressure to win or step it up on the biggest stage in college basketball than Jim Calhoun’s UConn Huskies (3). Even though they were the slight underdogs against John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats, Kemba Walker came into Houston, Texas as if they were professionals with all the confidence in the world.
Despite a rocky first half by both teams in which there were sloppy turnovers and a lot of missed jumpers, the Wildcats and the Huskies started to get back on track in the second half and prove why they both belonged in the Final Four.
There was no question that all eyes were on Player of the Year candidate Kemba Walker to step it up yet again in this Final Four matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday night, but even though he didn’t have his best game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the dynamic guard was able to do just enough to lead his team to victory once again with 18 points and seven assists in this uncharacteristic lower scoring affair.
Walker did have trouble shooting the basketball over double teams and much bigger defenders as he went just 6 for 15 from the floor, but with the Kentucky defense concentrating on stopping UConn’s leading scorer, Jeremy Lamb was able to have another big game with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Ultimately, the UConn Huskies (3) were a little too much for the Kentucky Wildcats to handle on Saturday night in Houston, Texas as Jim Calhoun’s squad were able to hold off the comeback and get the win 56-55 in the closing seconds.
Even though this won’t go down as the best game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament by any means, this game was entertaining and a true test for UConn (3) as they will now face off against Butler (8) in the National Championship game on Monday night.
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