|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABJim Calhoun has a knack for getting his team to play it's best basketball at the right time during most campaigns. Coming off three wins, the last one over Pitt (the top team in the Big East), the Huskies are primed for the reminder of the Big East tourney with hope off gaining some momentum as they race toward the dance. With their last second win on Wednesday night, the Huskies (a number nine seed) will move forward to face fourth seeded Syracuse on Friday night.
Kemba Walker was all over the place on Wednesday night. He seems to be supremely comfortable playing in his hometown and the city's largest stage, Madison Square Garden. Walker's 24 points led the Huskies, but it was his last second heroics that are most notable. Calhoun's timeout with less than ten seconds remaining was used to set up Walker for a last second game-winner, and Walker went out and delivered. His beautiful one-on-one move in the middle of the floor, punctuated with a fierce step back and a mid-range jumper, propelled the Huskies to victory.
“The best player in my opinion for his team made another winning shot, a big-time shot,” commented Calhoun. Calhoun went on to comment on how this was not the first big shot he has made. Walker has a knack for taking a game over when it is needed, and he has made big shots throughout the season, but maybe none as big as this one.
“Everybody was excited, you know? Coming into this game we're the underdogs, everyone saying we're going to lose. But everyone stayed together, and we came out with this victory,” commented Walker.
The Huskies also received solid performances from freshman Jeremy Lamb, who chipped in 17 points, as well as solid post play from Alex Oriakhi, who had 13 points with none more crucial than his put back in the closing minutes.