TheRoundUp 2/17: He's baaaaacccccckkkkkkk


Kemba Walker scores 31 as UConn defeats Georgetown -
Walker reminded just what an exhilarating player he can be, leading No. 13 UConn to a 78-70 victory over No. 9 Georgetown before a sellout crowd of 16,294. In one of the best performances of his career, Walker had 31 points on 13-for-23 shooting — including some truly amazing drives to the basket — 10 assists and seven rebounds in 40 minutes.

Off The Board! Kemba Never Boring -
"There was one point in the second half, when we took the lead, he just wanted to beat everybody," Jim Calhoun said. "We had a pro scout in from Houston at practice and he said, '[Walker's] fast. But he's quicker.' I've never seen a guy be able to do those kind of things. Those are the kind of magical things he's done throughout the year. He obviously wins games, but he's so fun to watch."

Walker returns to form, exhibits his best power -
"Our defense was horrible today," Thompson said. Funny how Walker can make coaches say that. The Hoyas lost for the first time in more than a month (Jan. 12 at Pittsburgh). Thompson’s point guard, Chris Wright, explained why Walker did what he did and does what he does. "He stretches the ball screens out very well, and it forces the bigs to keep stretching, so it’s hard for the guards to get back in front," Wright said. "So then he plays around the screen and it’s to his advantage. … Once he got in the lane, he pretty much was doing whatever he wanted."

ELSBERRY At last, game comes together for Coombs-McDaniel - GreenwichTime
Meaning that the sophomore never quit trying. Even though the minutes during games weren't always there, Coombs-McDaniel wasn't going to sulk. He kept working hard in practice, hoping that Calhoun would eventually wave him back to the scorer's table and see what he could do. He got 31 minutes Sunday at Providence and he responded with 25 points and eight rebounds. Against the Hoyas, he also had six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Post-game video: UConn's Jamal Coombs-McDaniel -
Coombs-McWhereTheHellDidThisComeFrom gets questioned about his new nickname.

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