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TheRoundUp 3/25: From sweet to elite

Jeremy Lamb dunks off a Shabazz Napier assist. The future is now.
Jeremy Lamb dunks off a Shabazz Napier assist. The future is now.

UConn defeats San Diego State to move within one game of Final Four -
Jeremy Lamb rose above a crowd at the most crucial moment Thursday night. His steal with just over 20 seconds remaining, and his ensuing dunk that pushed UConn’s lead to six, allowed the Huskies to exhale as it became clear that this breathless journey would continue. Moments later, Lamb was strolling in alone for another dunk, this one with just three seconds left, and the final points in a 74-67 victory over San Diego State.

UConn Beats San Diego State 74-67 To Reach Elite Eight -
After Lamb leaped high to intercept a pass by D.J. Gay, he got the ball back from Shabazz Napier and waltzed in alone for a dunk to push the UConn lead to six with 23 seconds left, and when Lamb dunked again with three seconds left for the final points, the building was silenced and the Huskies went skipping off the court, closer to their basketball dreams.

UConn shows Big East muscle to oust SDSU -
If there’s one thing this NCAA tournament has taught us it’s this: Any Big East team can be beaten. UConn’s 74-67 win over San Diego State in a West Region Sweet 16 game taught us another lesson: Big East teams can’t be out-toughed. Especially not one led by a player whose blood is pumped by a Bronx heart that knows no fear.

NCAA tournament 2011: Connecticut Huskies laugh off fatigue, doubters - ESPN
Here they are, playing for a spot in the Final Four, as so many Connecticut players over time have done, from Ray Allen to Richard Hamilton to Caron Butler to Ben Gordon to Rudy Gay and Hasheem Thabeet. But none of those players, accomplished as they were, had to do what Walker and this group of Huskies are doing. None of the guys who came before had to win this many games, eight in 17 days and five in five, with this much pressure. If the Arizona Wildcats wait for the UConn players to just sort of peter out Saturday in the regional final, an impressive story is going to become simply unbelievable.

2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Results: San Diego State Can't Execute, Fall To Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, UConn - SB Nation Bay Area
What a difference the three pointer makes in the NCAA Tournament. When you can light it up from outside, you're almost bound to win any game you play, and this was true for Kemba Walker (4 for 8 on threes) and Jeremy Lamb (nailing all three of his triples, including the biggest one of the game with under two minutes left). San Diego State's perimeter defense seemed to sag away to focus on the inside, and Walker and Lamb made them pay with 50% shooting from the outside against the 33rd best three point defense in the country.

Jeremy Lamb: March Comes In Like A Lion -
"I appreciate you not talking to Jeremy," Calhoun said to the growing national media. "How many guys get 24 points in a Sweet 16 and give all the credit to somebody else? We'd like to keep him for a few more years, so cool it. He's humble. Let's keep it that way. I keep telling Jeremy you have so many more things you can do. You get strength and maybe a couple of years down the road you might be able to play at the next level. So we're going to chill with all those comments."

Arizona Will Face UConn Next -
UConn is 4-0 all time against Arizona. The last meeting came in the second round of the 2005 Maui Invitational. The Huskies are in the Elite Eight for the 10th time, going 3-6 so far.

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