Andrew Smith had a double-double with a career-high 16 rebounds and 14 points, and Butler made 18 of 20 free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Cuonzo Martin has built a culture of toughness and discipline in the short time he’s been in Knoxville and it’s yet to be determined if Josh Pastner’s team can respond well in what’s sure to be a hostile environment.
After carrying UConn to the Big East title, Kemba Walker decided to get his teammates involved in the Huskies’ NCAA tournament opener against Bucknell. It was a move that earned him a place in the school record book.
Next to winning national championships in 1999 and 2004, UConn’s Jim Calhoun considers the Big East title he captured last week to be his third-biggest thrill. If all goes as planned over the next few weeks, that crown will fall to No. 4 on his list of accomplishments.