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Keys to victory: Connecticut vs. Kentucky

Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Starters

Connecticut:

  • G- Kemba Walker (23.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.5 apg)
  • G- Jeremy Lamb (11.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
  • F- Roscoe Smith (6.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
  • F- Tyler Olander (1.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
  • C- Alex Oriakhi (9.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg)

Kentucky:

  • G- Brandon Knight (17.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.2 apg)
  • G- DeAndre Liggins (8.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg)
  • F- Darius Miller (11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 44.9% 3pt)
  • F- Terrence Jones (15.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg)
  • C- Josh Harrellson (7.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg)

Three keys for Connecticut:

- Guarding the perimeter: Kentucky shoots the 3-pointer as well as anyone in the country, with multiple players capable of knocking down the outside shot.

- Getting Jorts in foul trouble: This one falls on Alex Oriakhi. The big man has struggled offensively at times, but getting Josh Harrellson in foul trouble would allow the Huskies to dominate the glass.

- Role players: Kemba is a constant. The nation’s best point guard will get his 25-30 points no matter if his shot is falling or not. Players like Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier will need to step up.

Connecticut’s X-factor: Shabazz Napier: Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb have been two of the better players during the NCAA tournament, but Napier has been an underrated asset. He comes in the game and runs the show, allowing Walker to play off the ball. Napier is also a lockdown defender who pushes the tempo.

Three keys for Kentucky:

- Kemba Walker: UConn can’t win without Walker playing well. If DeAndre Liggins can keep Walker on the perimeter and force him to take jumpers, Kentucky will win.

- Keeping UConn out of transition: The Huskies are at their best when they’re running and scoring fast-break points. Kentucky has to limit turnovers and make it a halfcourt game.

- Rebounding: Connecticut is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country; Kentucky has to keep Alex Oriakhi and Roscoe Smith off the glass.

Kentucky’s X-factor: Doron Lamb: Lamb hasn’t scored in double figures in the NCAA tournament, but his shooting could be a key against Connecticut. Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier will focus on harassing Brandon Knight, potentially freeing Lamb for open outside jumpers. He needs to knock them down.

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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Keys to victory: Connecticut vs. Kentucky

Patty2:  Being that negative against one of the best, if not THE BEST, coaches in the country in Coach Calipari, leads me to believe you are either a Tubby or Billy G fan.  Those two coaches were the worst coaches by far Kentucky has ever seen.  Calipari inherited a mess that Tubby and Billy G left him and turned the program to the #1 destination for top-notch high school talent.  Don't look now, we are in the final four and getting ready to win a championship!  This hasn't been done since Pitino (or at least Pitino's players)!  Go CATS and go Cal!



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Keys to victory: Connecticut vs. Kentucky

 you saying that the press is dissing kentucky. almost every single one of them is picking kentucky to win and saying how uconn is going to fall. its ok though keep making us the underdog we've thrived better than any team in the nation in that role.


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Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:31 pm
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Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Keys to victory: Connecticut vs. Kentucky

I have to agree with you. I like the national disrespect. It's going to be that much sweeter when number 8 is hanging in the rafters. I don't know who the hell these "EXPERTS" think UK is but last I checked they were the greatest program in the history of college basketball.  GO CATS!




Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Keys to victory: Connecticut vs. Kentucky

Doesn't seem that this guy is giving UK a chance!  UConn's list is about what they can do to UK, and UK's list is what UConn is going to do to them.  How about UK's players?  Where is their threat against UConn?  Just mentioning the 3-point threat doesn't really cover what UK is all about: Multiple driving threats, perimeter shooting and offensive rebounding is how they win games!  And not to mention their defense!  How many blocked shots this tourney? If Liggins plays the way he has been against the other teams star, then watch out :)  Either way, this is going to be a great game!  I just wish the press would stop talking negatively about the Cats, it gets old!!!


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