9:08 PM ET, April 2, 2011
HOUSTON -- When the options boil down to winning or heading home, nobody's better than Kemba and Connecticut.Kemba Walker scored 18 points Saturday night to lift UConn to its 10th straight victory since finishing off a .500 Big East regular season, a 56-55 win over cold-shooting Kentucky that moved the Huskies a victory away from their third, and most improbable, NCAA title.
Fewest Combined Points, Final Four Game
UConn and Kentucky combined for 111 points, the third-fewest combined points in a Final Four game since the shot clock was introduced in 1986.
|2010||Butler vs. Michigan St.||102|
|2006||LSU vs. UCLA||104|
|2011||Kentucky vs. UConn||111|
|2002||Indiana vs. Maryland||116|
• Connecticut advanced to its third national championship game, all under coach Jim Calhoun and first since 2004. The Huskies are 5-1 in Final Four games.
• The Huskies won despite shooting just 1 of 12 from 3-point range.
• UConn shared the ball well with 16 assists on their 23 field goals.
• Connecticut has now won its past 10 games and is 13-0 in tournament games this season (3-0 Maui Invitational, 5-0 Big East tournament, 5-0 NCAA tournament). Kentucky's loss snapped a 10-game win streak.
• Kentucky shot 9 of 27 from 3-point range. The 27 3-point attempts were Kentucky's season high.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-62 (.339)||23-49 (.469)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-27 (.333)||1-12 (.083)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-12 (.333)||9-11 (.818)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
|» Apr 2, 2011||@CONN 56, UK 55||Recap|
Kemba Walker has been most effective with Shabazz Napier playing with him in the backcourt. With Napier on the floor, Walker can play more off the ball. When Napier entered the game with 10:47 left in the first half against Kentucky, Walker came off a screen and hit a 3-pointer, his first made field goal in Connecticut's half-court offense. Walker was 5 of 11 from the field against Kentucky with Napier on the court and 1 of 4 with him off the court.[+]
Kentucky had been an excellent offensive team in the 2011 Men's Basketball Championship, shooting 47.7 percent against man-to-man defenses. On Saturday, Connecticut held the Wildcats to 32.0 percent shooting in the half court, including 30.0 percent from 3-point range. Connecticut has held four of its five tournament opponents to 36 shooting percent or below in the half court.[+]
Opponent FG Pct vs Man-to-Man
Kentucky took a timeout with 8:30 remaining in the second half and scored on its first three possessions coming out of that break. The under-8-minute media timeout didn't come until there was 2:09 left, which slowed a Wildcats team that relied primarily on a six-man rotation. Not only did Kentucky go scoreless for 5 minutes, 38 seconds, but the Wildcats also grabbed only one offensive rebound on eight opportunities (12.5 pct). The rest of the game, Kentucky grabbed 14 offensive rebounds on 39 chances (35.9 pct).[+]
Kentucky Scoring Drought
UConn scored 56 points in the win over Kentucky, the 3rd-fewest points scored by a winning team in a Final Four game in shot clock era.[+]
Fewest Points in Final Four Win
Kentucky becomes the 5th team in the last 15 seasons to shoot worse than 35 percent from the field and the free throw line in a Men's Basketball Championship game. Indiana also pulled off this dreaded feat against Maryland in the 2002 National Championship game.[+]
FT pct and FG pct Less Than 35.0 pct - Men's Basketball Championship, Last 15 Seasons
UConn and Kentucky combined for 111 points, the third-fewest combined points in a Final Four game since the shot clock was introduced in 1986.[+]
Connecticut won the National Semifinal game vs Kentucky despite making just 1-12 3-pt FG (8.3 pct), the 2nd-lowest 3-point field goal percentage in a Final Four game (min. 5 FGA). Its the lowest by any winning team in a Final Four game.[+]
Lowest 3-Pt FG Pct
ESPN Stats & Information