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Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

Posted on: January 29, 2011 3:55 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 4:49 pm
 
I don't believe in one-man teams in any sport, basketball included. But I do believe in letting superstars be superstars when it's time to win or lose a game, and that's why I hate the way Connecticut lost to Louisville on Saturday.

Jeremy Lamb took (and missed) the shot at the end of the first OT, and Shabazz Napier brought the ball up the court at the end of the second. Sure, Napier eventually found Kemba Walker, arguably the nation's best closer. But Napier got the ball to Walker late, and he had to launch a desperation 3-pointer. It almost went in, but it was still a bad shot that missed at the horn. So Louisville escaped Gampel Pavilion with a 79-78 win in double-overtime, and I couldn't help but think UConn is trying too hard to prove it's something more than the Big East's version of Jimmer and the Cougars.

Note to the Huskies: Don't forget what got you here.

It's nice that Lamb and Napier have developed into respectable sidekicks and possible future stars, but they're still sidekicks and this isn't the future. This is the present, and in the present (and the immediate future) you'd be wise to win or lose with the ball in Walker's hands. If the defense plays off of him, he should shoot. If the defense gets up on him, he should drive. If the defense doubles him, he should still shoot or still drive and make something happen.

In other words, regardless of the situation, Walker should have the ball when the game is on the line, and he should decide the outcome, for better or worse. Perhaps the Huskies will lose games when such is the case anyway. But they definitely lost when it wasn't the case Saturday, and that, quite simply, is no way to lose.
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Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

Gary, I agree with the fact that regardless of how the game has gone, if UConn has a chance to tie or win at the end of the game the ball should be in Kemba's hands, but he shouldn't be afraid to trust his teammates. Lamb is quickly developing into the second scoring option on the team, and he has a beautiful floater the he hit every time he tried it in this game. If someone is open Kemba should find them. He is arguably the best closer in college basketball right now, but in the Big East he has had his struggles. His PPG, 3pt % and FG % are all down considerably against the Big East compared to their non-conference opponents. I know the competetion has stepped up in the Big East and teams are keying on him more now than in the beginning of the season, but he usually steps up to his competition. He needs to not force things and trust his teammates, and also the young freshman can't be afraid to step it up and make a play come crunch time. They need that to happen in order to make a deep run in March.



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

Great Game.....my only major complaint is the pathetic free throw shooting by this UofL team. It is amazing Div-1 athletes struggle with this and never seem to improve. Do the even coach kids on free throw shooting anymore?



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

Rick Pitino is doing the best work of his Louisville career this season




Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

This is the 10th basketball team that Rick Pitino has coached at the . It’s his best team in one category: grit.

The Cards showed their toughness again Saturday, outlasting UConn, 79-78, in double overtime at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

Credit Peyton Siva with 19 points, Terrence Jennings with 16, Preston Knowles and Kyle Kuric with 15.

Louisville won, even though it was out-rebounded by 15 and made only 8 of 24 three-point shots.

Siva was dazzling, making the baskets that put the game into the first and second overtimes. His drive and dunk at the end the of the first OT was a better play than he made in his game-winner against West Virginia Wednesday.

He and Knowles both played 42 minutes. Jennings played 39, grabbing 10 rebounds.




Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

All good points.  It sounds like whinning but its legit.

This is one of the better wins by anybody, anywhere in CBB this year and you can really sense a lack of respect for UL and Pitino and that is just wrong.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

GARY--  You like to use   "ESCAPED"... Got a great place for you to use it & more appropriately as well---    "  #1 OHIO ST ESCAPES POWERHOUSE NORTHWESTERN 58-57 "........   Thats an Escape!!



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

HOW ABOUT   ---   "SWOPESHIRE-BUCKLES & DENG--LESS" CARDS BEAT #5 UCONN ON ROAD "    ...&n
bsp;  NOW-- Thats a Headline  !!

 C'mon Gary --- Are we owed some explanation?? 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

PS--  LETS not forget ---  " MITCHELL-LESS Mountaineers Loss to Louisville"... Another Example of the Parrish/Media "spin"   Nice point jestep... Also Noticed that Peyton Siva (who had an outrageous game today) hasn't been mentioned for his "holding Walker" & for his Stats.. Compare them --Outplayed Walker & Walker is AWESOME... But.. No-- Talk about what walker Didn't do instead.. In Garys article --mentions 3 UConn players --NOT one UofL  player & THEY WON !!!  What exactly am I missing Here ???



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

PS -- unlike other teams -when they lose --Its " Syracuse loses w/out Joseph  or  Purdue loses w/out Hummel--  Never saw UofL loses or wins without 4 starters or the like.. Don't expect it-- It's part of the Game... thats why "they are called   "TEAMS"

Spot on right here.

I mean Gary did a big fat write up on how Purdue was still a good team even after two straight losses (something that hasnt even happened to UL this year despite way more injuries to key guys.) 

Let me guess, Hummel is better than all 3 guys UL has out right now combined right? 

Yeah, youre right, I am bitter about it because its the truth.  In all I have read about today, not one mention of all of UL's injuries past or present.  Not one.  That is pathetic because as was said, everytime someone else wins or losses with key injuries it gets a notice and they get a pass.

Itsa insulting because that makes it seem like those guys have no importance to UL.  It also gives no creedance to UL battling through said injuries. Something they and Pitino deserve A TON of credit for.  Instead Matt Jones writes about how he cant believe what UL is doing because of their lack of "top flight talent."



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Note to UConn: Let Walker win or lose for you

My apologies, I guess I may be a little on edge as we have gained little respect due to our effort to this point. Best of luck this year!


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