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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: UConn 81, Bucknell 52

By Dana O'Neil



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A quick look at Connecticut’s 81-52 win against Bucknell.

Overview: Kemba Walker didn’t have to be a hero or the Sherpa carrying the Huskies. Against a physically undermanned Bucknell team, Connecticut played its first walkover game in nearly a week. The Huskies just had too many players -- and more specifically too many good players -- for the Bison to handle.

Turning point: More of a matter of time than a turning point but technically this game broke open midway through the first half when Bucknell went seven minutes without a bucket. UConn lead went from 27-20 to 39-20 in that span.

Key player: Community effort for a change for the Huskies. Three guys scored in double figures but of course Walker did even more. He just missed a triple-double with 18 points, 12 assists and eights rebounds.

Key stat: 16. That’s how many field goals Bucknell made, shooting a dismal 31 percent from the floor.

Miscellaneous: What was Walker doing on the court with the Huskies up 40 late in the second half? Or any of the starting UConn players for that matter? … Walker set a Connecticut record with 12 assists, the most by a Husky in NCAA tournament play and the most by a Big East player in the past 15 years.

What’s next: The Huskies continue their marathon through March, with a Saturday date against either Missouri or Big East foe, Cincinnati. UConn is 6-2 against the Bearcats and 1-0 against Mizzou. The Huskies and Tigers played one another in the Elite Eight in 2009. UConn won, 82-75 in what was then freshman Walker’s coming-out party. He had 23 points.