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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Rapid Reaction: UConn 69, Cincinnati 58

By Dana O'Neil

WASHINGTON -- A quick look at Connecticut’s 69-58 win against Cincinnati.

Overview: The Huskies’ improbable run through March continues as they advance to the Sweet 16 after dusting their conference foe.

Turning point: Jeremy Lamb drained a 3-pointer with 11:44 to play to break a 43-43 tie and ignite an 11-4 run to take Connecticut to the victory.

Key player: As always, it’s Kemba Walker. He didn’t shoot particularly well from the floor (8-of-20) but he got to the line and there, he was perfect. Walker was 14-for-14 and finished with 33 points.

Key stat: The Huskies beat the bigger, and presumably more physical, Bearcats on the boards, 34-22.

Miscellaneous: The UConn big men did a good job containing Yancy Gates. Gates had 11 points and only 11 touches. … Jamal Coombs-McDaniel gave the Huskies a great boost off the bench with 10 points.

Up next: The Huskies will face No. 2 seed San Diego State in the Sweet 16 in Anaheim. The previous time UConn headed West for a regional, it went to the Final Four. That was in 2009.