Kemba's Best? I Think So
He scored 42 points against Vermont. He averaged 30 a game in three wins in Maui over Wichita State, Michigan State and Kentucky. He had a triple-double against UMBC. He scored 31 against DePaul, 30 against New Hampshire, 22 with seven assists on Sunday against Providence. He's hit huge, game-winning shots against Texas and Villanova.
But I think Wednesday's effort against Georgetown -- 31 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, one remarkable drive to the hole after another, one of the wildest plays you'll ever see in a game -- tops them all.
Granted, I wasn't at Maui, or Texas, or DePaul. But watching Walker almost singlehandedly take over Wednesday's game, scoring on fallaways, reverse layups, scoop shots and that incredible putback of his own (purposely) missed shot was something to behold.
And like the Providence game, he was efficient. Granted, he took 23 shots, but he hit 13 of them. He also doled out those 10 assists -- most of them to Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (more on him later). Walker really didn't force anything, just took what the Hoyas gave him and found his teammates when nothing was there.
Jim Calhoun was asked afterwards if this was Walker's best game of the season, given the level of competition, the importance of the game, the all-around stat line, etc.
"He did some things in Maui I haven't seen before," he finally said. "I'm sure it was fun to watch. It was fun to coach, I know that."
It was also Walker's best game in a season full of great ones.
Here's my game story: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2011/02/16/sports/doc4d5c82fdabc1b246262766.txt