TheRoundUp 1/24: Team play leads the way

Huskies More Than A One-Man Show -
From the sharp shooting and defense of Jeremy Lamb and Roscoe Smith, to Alex Oriakhi's latest double-double, to Kemba Walker's playmaking, several players rose to the occasion in a 72-61 victory that was, as Calhoun said, the Huskies' best overall team performance against a quality opponent.

With Kemba Walker Struggling, Jeremy Lamb, Alex Oriakhi Help UConn Beat Tennessee -
Ultimately, there was a sellout crowd of 16,294 rising in appreciation not because of Walker's individual brilliance but because those around him came up with answer after answer.

Jeff Jacobs: UConn's Roscoe Smith Maturing -
Smith wears No. 22 for good reason. He is exuberance squared. He is enthusiasm to the second power. Yet this time, after hitting his season-high fourth three-pointer, Smith managed to minimize the histrionics. Make no mistake, the smile started in Storrs and ended on Trumbull Street. And as he ran back on defense amid crowd noise that reached its pinnacle for the day, oh, you could feel the whole place beaming.

Roscoe Smith has turned into one of UConn’s top defenders - The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT
"He can guard most 4 guards in our league, can certainly guard a 3, probably can guard a 2, if he wants to," Calhoun said. "Shabazz is an on-the-ball defender, but Roscoe’s defense all over the court is terrific. He really has a great understanding of how to play defense, and he had that the moment we started practice. Yes, he’s had to learn about college basketball, make some adjustments. But his versatility. ... They’re going to have a tough time shooting over him. That gives us something else."

The Day - Huskies proving they're trustworthy | News from southeastern Connecticut
"Obviously, when you're 16-2 and you beat the quality people that we have, you have more trust," Calhoun said. "And I think teams feel whether you have trust in them or not. They're the best bloodhounds in the world. They kind of sniff you out a little bit. … They can tell the difference between what you really mean and what you're saying."

UConn Men's Basketball: Walker provides more heroics in latest win - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
"I don’t know why everybody is surprised," said UConn forward Alex Oriakhi of his teammate’s knack for big shots. "He’s obviously the best player in the country. I’m not surprised that he makes shots like that. I don’t know how he keeps doing it. I guess that’s what great players do."

UConn surpassing all expectations - JSOnline
"They’re a completely different team," said MU coach Buzz Williams. "They have much, much better chemistry. I’m not coaching them, but it seems as though their off-court chemistry is much better because it’s identifiable on the court.

Without Walker,  UConn women beat Pittsburgh -
But on Saturday, a new era dawned for the No. 2 Huskies. Two days after freshman forward Samarie Walker announced she was leaving — for Kentucky, we now know — Auriemma debuted what he hopes will be the Magnificent Seven who will lead the Huskies to their third straight national championship.

Source: Walker, UConn coaching staff weren't unified - StamfordAdvocate
Walker did not want to do anything in practice, according to the source, and the issue came to a head during a game against Louisville on Jan. 15. Auriemma asked Walker during a timeout if she wanted to play.

American Chronicle | Mitchell mum about possible transfer of ex-UConn player
After UK's win over Vanderbilt on Sunday, Mitchell was asked whether there was any truth to the rumor that freshman Samarie Walker was planning to enroll at the university this week and play for Kentucky next spring. "I can only comment on the people who have enrolled at Kentucky, and we have 13 on scholarship, so 13 are enrolled," Mitchell said. "That's what I can tell you." But he added quickly: "If that changes, I'll let everyone know, I promise you that."

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