UConn Basketball: 7 Reasons to Believe UConn Pulls Off the Repeat

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UConn Basketball: 7 Reasons to Believe UConn Pulls Off the Repeat
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The UConn Huskies men's basketball team, led by Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, capped off an improbable 2010-2011 season with a national championship when they defeated Butler University 53-41. 

Propelled by the electric play of PG Kemba Walker, a first-round selection in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, and the surprising play of freshmen Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier, the Huskies rattled off 11 victories to end the season.

The run started in the Big East Tournament when the No. 9-seeded Huskies defeated five opponents in five days, the first to ever accomplish this feat in the Big East Tournament, with notable victories against No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh, No. 4-seeded Syracuse and No. 3-seeded Louisville. 

The Huskies followed up this incredible feat with one better. The Huskies entered March Madness as a No. 3 seed, 12 days after losing four of their last five to end the regular regular season, appearing all but dead in the water, and soared to six straight victories, knocking off powerhouse programs Arizona and Kentucky on the way to the championship.

With the loss of spark-plug Kemba Walker and veteran role players Charles Okwandu and Donnell Beverly, many question if the young Connecticut Huskies can repeat as national champions. The answer? Yes. 

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