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Let's not lie now, that game was UGLY. Really ugly. Like super ugly. If you went into that game thinking that Butler and Uconn weren't the best teams remaining...
You were right.
In the end, UConn used a second half run to defeat Butler 53-41. Butler played awful, but you can only get past what's in front of you, and that's what the huskies did. Kemba Walker, in what looks to be his final game as a member of UConn, had 16 points and nine rebounds.
While UConn didn't look like a title team on Monday, the pieces are there to be better next season. For one, you don't lose head coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun pushed off retirement rumors and looks to be coaching next season. In terms of current coaches? I rank Calhoun third behind Coach K and Rick Pitino. Calhoun's third national championship, placed him in a rare air with Coach K among other to win three national championships.
In the past 5-10 years, championship teams have usually lost 1-3 members of a title team the following season. In a weak NBA draft, the Huskies will probably lose star guard Kemba Walker, but that’s no reason to fret. Surrounding Walker this season, was a boatload of freshman and sophomores. Guards Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb should return. Napier is a speedy ball handler, who should be more of a floor general then Walker. Lamb exploded on the scene opposite of Walker, and should be the leader of this young Connecticut team next season.
In the frontcourt, don’t sleep on Roscoe Smith. Smith, a small forward, was only a freshman this past season and has alot of potential. At 6'8", Smith provides rebounding ability, as well as the ability to put the ball on the ground. Tyler Olander and Alex Oriakhi both return as well. Olander got valuable playing time down the stretch and should be a nice bench player next season. Oriakhi, should be the veteran leader in paint, since he will be a junior. I expect Oriakhi to have another great season for the huskies.
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