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Wins keep coming as Connecticut matures

HOUSTON -- This is no longer just about Kemba Walker or Jim Calhoun or an improbable run through the postseason with five Big East tournament victories in five days and then five more NCAA tournament wins.

What we have witnessed here is the maturation of a Connecticut team, the development of freshmen and sophomores who have learned how to win in a variety of ways.

The Huskies didn't pull off a fast-paced, last-possession thriller in the national semifinal Saturday night. Instead, UConn actually pulled a Butler, beating Kentucky with timely rebounds, key defensive stops and late free throws. All of that sets up an intriguing national title game against the Bulldogs on Monday at Reliant Stadium.

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