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NCAA Basketball: Kemba Walker, UConn Defeat Kentucky to Win Maui Invitational

Kemba Wlaker had a great tournament averaging 30 PPG
Kemba Wlaker had a great tournament averaging 30 PPGAndy Lyons/Getty Images
Pedro GonzalezContributor INovember 25, 2010

As I was watching the game last night, I found something odd about it. It seemed an unranked team was dominating one of the best basketball programs. That couldn't be possible, at least not this early into the season. Don't they have experts scouting every team in America? How could this be?

By halftime, the Connecticut Huskies were beating the No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats, 50-29.

After watching the rest of the game, I realized it was thanks to the Huskies' superb passing and shooting and to their star guard, Kemba Walker.

Connecticut shot 57.7 percent from the field and had 16 assists, while the Wildcats managed to hit just 36.7 percent of their shots.

Even though Kentucky found their groove in the second half, it was too late. UConn won the Maui Invitational, 84-67, over Kentucky.

Walker, unsurprisingly, won the tourney's MVP award. He averaged 30 points, four assists and 2.6 steals during the tournament.

Connecticut played great throughout the Invitational, winning 83-79 over Wichita State, then 70-67 against Michigan State and yesterday taking it all.

The Huskies right now are enjoying the two huge wins they had these past couple of days, but they are shifting their attention to a bigger goal now: the NCAA Tournament. If they keep up the great performance they had this week and Kemba Walker keeps playing at this level, UConn could be a heavy favorite to reach the Final Four.

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