The Stat Line of the Night – 2/15/10 – Kemba Walker
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball program has had an extremely tough year in the Big East. Although they were projected to be one of the top teams in the country to start the season, a litany of tough losses has thrust them to the brink of of not making the NCAA tournament for the first time in years. One of the reasons they were expected to be good was sophomore sensation Kemba Walker. Although Walker’s points are up from his freshman year, his shooting percentage is way down. Last night, however, we saw a flash of why everyone thought Walker would be so spectacular.
Coming off a tough home loss to Cincinnati, the Huskies did not get down on themselves. Kemba Walker wouldn’t let them. Against the number 3 team in the country, Villanova, on Nova’s home court, Kemba came to play. The point guard torched the Wildcats to the tune of 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. What is so amazing about it is that he did it on only 10 shots, hitting 14-16 free throws. The 29 points, 14 free throws, and even his 3 3-pointers were all career highs for Walker.
With their coach just returning from a 3 week absence due to illness, and a string of underachieving all season, it will be an uphill battle to make the tourney this season for the Huskies. Kemba Walker’s performance last night gave them a glimmer of hope that had not previously existed and thus he earned “The Stat Line of the Night”.