|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABDuring the Huskies game with Arizona, near the tail end, coach Jim Calhoun called a timeout, the Huskies needed to score.
During the timeout. Calhoun began to draw something up for Walker, as anyone would, Walker is a finalist for this years Wooden Award. However, Walker deferred to his teammate Jeremy Lamb, a freshman who currently had the hot hand.
Calhoun acquiesced to Walker's suggestion and drew something up for Lamb, which turned out to have a positive result. The point: Anyone who believes that Kemba is selfish or that he is the only talented player for the Huskies had better reconsider this assumption. The Huskies are much more than Kemba, and he knows it.
In a three week time period, the Huskies have gone from a team that did not have much of a chance to win the Big East Tournament to a National Championship contender. The Huskies have managed to look dominant in their nine game winning streak which has taken place over the last nineteen days.
In Saturday's semifinal against Kentucky, which could be ten games in a row if most odds makers have predicted correctly, Walker and his teammates could step one game closer to realizing the drean that started prior to the Big East Tournament.
The beauty of what this team has done has gone far beyond the talent of dominance of perhaps the best player in college basketball. Walker has been dominant the entire season, and with the exception of a few games where he wasn't a completely dominating force, he has continued to be in the tournament.
The difference has been his teammates, which is something that Walker himself will even tell you. They have been the ones who have raised their level of play to the point where team confidence is as exceedingly high as their most dominant player.
His ability to lead by example is unmatched in college basketball. The passion with which he plays the game for 40 minutes is unparalleled and his teammates know it. They have finally placed their desire and their ability to act in the same category, and this has made all the difference.