ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play against the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

UConn Vs. Arizona: Kemba Walker's Huskies Survive Wildcats For 65-63 Win, Final Four Berth

Derrick Williams put on a show again, but Jeremy Lamb, Kemba Walker and UConn were too much as the Huskies advanced to the Final Four.

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March Madness Update: UConn Advances To Final Four With 65-63 Win Over Arizona

The Connecticut Huskies will go to the Final Four after barely hanging on in their Elite Eight game against Arizona. The Huskies withstood two different shot attempts in the closing seconds that would have won the game, escaping with a 65-63 victory.

The Wildcats had the ball with 18 seconds remaining, and ran a play to get Derrick Williams the ball. Williams caught it at the top of the key and decided to fire a three-pointer and go for the win. It caromed off the back rim, but Kyle Fogg grabbed the offensive rebound. He kicked the ball out to Jamelle Horn, who had an open look from the corner, but his three-pointer missed. There was a scramble for the rebound, and time ran out.

Up 63-57, UConn started to milk the clock, but missed a shot, leading to a transition opportunity and a three-pointer for Kyle Fogg that cut the lead to 63-60 with 1:30 remaining. But then, it was Kemba Walker time. Walker dribbled the clock down, stepped back and hit a borderline-impossible fadeaway jumper with a man in his face to push UConn's lead to five. 

Arizona kept coming, though. Horn knocked down a three-pointer out of an out of bounds play, and Arizona crept to within 65-63 with 52 seconds remaining. Arizona double-teamed Walker and blocked his shot, eventually grabbing the rebound and calling timeout with 18.2 seconds remaining. 

Walker led UConn with 20 points, while Jeremy Lamb added 19. Williams had 20 to lead Arizona. The Wildcats join Butler in the Final Four after the Bulldogs topped Florida in overtime earlier Saturday. UConn will face the winner of Sunday's game between North Carolina and Kentucky.

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Arizona Vs. UConn: Jeremy Lamb Leads 10-0 Huskies Run, Puts UConn Up Seven

Just when Arizona looked to be gaining control, UConn grabbed it right back in this Elite Eight showdown. The Huskies responded to Arizona's 8-0 run with a 10-0 run of their own to take a 62-55 lead with 2:58 remaining in the game.

Derrick Williams hit two free throws to give Arizona a 55-52 lead and complete an 8-0 Wildcats run, but UConn responded. Jeremy Lamb hit a floater on the ensuing possession to finally stop the Wildcats' hot streak, and then hit a mid-range jumper from the corner to give UConn a 56-55 lead with 5:40 remaining.

After another Arizona miss, Kemba Walker finally took charge. Walker, who hadn't scored in a while, drove into the lane and hit a fadeaway jumper off the rim and in with a hand in his face. UConn then clamped down defensively and forced Williams into a deep three that he missed with the shot clock expiring, then got a huge putback by Alex Oriakhi after Jeremy Lamb had to fling a wild shot with the shot clock expiring. Lamb then completed the run by stealing a Williams pass and racing in for a dunk to give UConn the seven-point lead.

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UConn Vs. Arizona: Derrick Williams Leads Rally, Wildcats Lead 53-52

Arizona has come all the way back against UConn, and now leads the Huskies 53-52 with 6:36 remaining in this Elite Eight showdown. The Wildcats trailed 50-41 with 10:41 remaining, but have gone on an 12-2 run to take the lead.

Derrick Williams has been responsible for Arizona's comeback. Williams hit two free throws to cut the UConn lead to 52-49, then slammed it down with one hand to cut the lead to one. After another UConn turnover, Jesse Perry slipped inside for a dunk, and Arizona took the lead.

Shabazz Napear's three-pointer gave UConn a nine-point lead, but Arizona rallied. Lamont "Momo" Jones snuck in for a layup, then Perry took the ball away and raced in for an uncontested dunk. After a Jeremy Lamb miss, Jones pushed the ball again and found Williams underneath for a two-handed slam to cut UConn's lead to 50-47 with 9:24 remaining, leading to a timeout for Jim Calhoun.

UConn's problem is that Williams is drawing fouls on its big men. Alex Oriakhi has four fouls, while Charles Okwandu and Roscoe Smith have three. 

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Arizona Vs. UConn: Huskies Counter Arizona's Run, Lead 43-37

Arizona completed its comeback in its Elite Eight game against Connecticut, but it was short-lived. The Huskies responded to Arizona's 12-3 run with seven straight points of their own to take a 43-37 lead.

After Connecticut scored the first points of the second half, Arizona went on a 9-0 run to tie the game. Kyle Fogg completed the run when he knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing ti tie the score at 34. The Wildcats' run was stopped when Charles Okwandu tipped in a miss by Jeremy Lamb, but Arizona kept coming.

Derrick Williams made an incredible spin move in the paint to give Arizona a 37-36 lead with 14:20 left, its first lead since the 6:50 mark of the first half. It didn't last long, though. Alex Oriakhi made a drop step to get a layup, and then Kemba Walker kissed a floater off the glass after a spin move. After Arizona missed a wide open three, Walker found Jeremy Lamb behind the arc, and Lamb knocked it in to put UConn back up 43-37 with 13:08 remaining.

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Arizona Vs. UConn Score: Wildcats Rally, Cut Huskies Lead To Three Points

Arizona has begun to rally in this Elite Eight game against UConn. The Wildcats have scored the last six points and trail by just three early in the second half. 

After a UConn bucket, Arizona scored six straight points to cut the lead down to 34-31 with 17:16 left, leading to a timeout by Jim Calhoun. Arizona got a layup by Jesse Perry, then after a Connecticut miss, Derrick Williams made a beautiful pass from the left side to Solomon Hill for a dunk. After another Connecticut miss, Perry camped in the lane and took a pass from Williams for a layup.

On the ensuing possession, Jeremy Lamb missed a stepback jumper, but Connecticut chased down the offensive rebound. However, Arizona trapped Kemba Walker, forcing a long three that missed. Derrick Williams snared the rebound with two men on him, and the Wildcats went off the other way. Williams then forced a foul by getting deep post position in the lane.

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Arizona Vs. UConn, Halftime Score: Kemba Walker Has Huskies Up 32-25

It's not like you expected Kemba Walker to stop scoring, right? Walker has 12 points for Connecticut through halftime in the West Regional final against Arizona, and his last three, a dagger with the shot clock dwindling, put the Huskies up 32-25 at halftime.

UConn's offense is almost entirely backcourt-based: Walker, Jeremy Lamb, and Shabazz Napier have 26 of the Huskies' 26 points.

Arizona has to be pleased with that sort of interior defense, especially with Derrick Williams struggling with foul trouble all half. The Wildcats star has three fouls at halftime, meaning that he will either need to play smartly or be played sparingly if he is to be as good as possible in the second half.

Williams and Lamont "MoMo" Jones have six points each to pace the Wildcats.

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Arizona Vs. UConn Score: Threes Not Falling For Wildcats, Huskies

On Saturday night, the UConn Huskies have pulled off a 21-8 run against the Arizona Wildcats as time winds down in the first half. While Arizona is winning the rebound battle, the Wildcats have slowed somewhat from the fast pace they set bursting out of the gate.

Both teams are clearly fond of the three-pointer, but neither side is getting them to fall. Arizona has sunk only one of 10, while Connecticut is 2-for-10. Fouls have emerged as one of the key differences between the two teams; while Arizona has only been sent to the line twice, going 2-for-4, Connecticut has sunk nine of 12.

For UConn. Kemba Walker leads with nine points and two assists. Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier each have seven.

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Arizona Vs. Connecticut Score: UConn's Shabazz Napier Hits Back Vs. Wildcats

After watching Arizona dictate the pace of Saturday's game for the majority of the first ten minutes, UConn's Shabazz Napier has managed to shift the momentum. Connecticut put together a 9-0 run to come within a one-point margin.

With eight minutes left in the second half, Kemba Walker set up Napier for a long three-pointer, which he sank. A moment later, Napier stole the ball and quickly put the ball back up for a lay-up, after which Arizona called a timeout.

The Huskies now lead the Wildcats, 22-20, as the momentum seems to have completely leaned to favor Connecticut at this point. Given the level of athleticism of both teams, don't be surprised to see plenty of back-and-forth shifts in the tide before the final buzzer.

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Elite Eight, UConn Vs. Arizona: Solomon Hill, Wildcats Creating Extra Chances With Offensive Rebounds

UConn has managed to regain some ground against Arizona on Saturday night's Elite Eight match-up. However, the Huskies are still having trouble getting their long-range shots to fall, and they're allowing the Wildcats to pull down too many offensive rebounds.

We aren't even nine minutes into the game yet, and Arizona has already pulled down eight offensive boards. UConn is allowing the Wildcats to get second and even third chances, which is a dangerous thing to give a team on a roll. So far, Derrick Williams leads his Wildcats with six points, and Solomon Hill has accounted for six rebounds, three offensive.

Kemba Walker, Connecticut's star, is leading his team with five points but has only drained one of his first six field goal attempts.

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UConn Vs. Arizona Score: Wildcats Establish Quick Pace, Early Lead

Saturday night's Elite Eight match-up between the UConn Huskies and Arizona Wildcats is underway, and things have started at a brisk pace. Arizona ran up and down the floor to get off to a 9-1 start.

It took UConn nearly five minutes to get its first field goal, when Kemba Walker tipped the ball in from short range. Walker opened the game with a pair of misses from three-point range.

Thus far, Arizona is doing a good job of spreading the ball around. The Wildcats aren't concerned with using up very much of the shot clock, as they're getting some open looks without too much trouble. Kyle Fogg has two buckets to lead the team.

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Elite Eight 2011 Predictions, Preview: UConn Huskies Vs. Arizona Wildcats, 6:55 ET Saturday

Is it UConn vs. Arizona that's the top-billed part of the West Region's Elite Eight matchup on the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket, or is it Kemba Walker vs. Derrick Williams? Those two stars have led their teams to within one game of the 2011 Final Four, but only one can shine again in Houston. We'll find out whether it's Walker and UConn or Williams and Arizona that move on to the Final Four when their 2011 Elite Eight game tips at 6:55 p.m. this Saturday from Anaheim: according to the 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule, Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery will have the call. (There is ample "ONIONS!" opportunity for both players.)

UConn basketball begins and ends with Kemba Walker for most fans, and that's fine. Walker's been sensational this season and absurdly good of late, with more 30-point games than games under 20 points in his last nine outings and a healthy 27.1 points per game since the Big East Tournament began. But Walker isn't the only really good player on this team: Jeremy Lamb is smoother than most satin on the court, and his developing shot has made him a second perimeter threat, while Alex Oriakhi does unsung work down low in grinding for rebounds. Win or lose, Walker will get the credit or blame, but it's not as if he's carrying a team of schlubs to greatness; more fairly, Walker's the veteran star of a young team just starting to come into its potential. And if both Walker and the Huskies' talented pups are peaking now, there's no reason Connecticut can't cut down the nets both in Anaheim and Houston.

Arizona's greatest asset thus far has been Derrick Williams, but their relative anonymity to most East Coast viewers probably obscured how good he is. It's no stretch right now to call him college basketball's most talented player, and while that may not make him the best, he is no worse than superb, scoring at a fantastic rate and doing so with great efficiency. The question Arizona must answer: can Williams' supporting cast show up and throttle another team like it did against Duke? The Wildcats got double-digit points from Solomon Hill and Lamont Jones — you know him as MoMo Jones — in that game, and it would seem likely that Arizona basketball needs to be more than The Derrick Williams show to survive a Connecticut team that is now an absurd 11-0 at neutral sites this season.

Star Watch: Sure, Kemba is fantastic, and probably the National Player of the Year. But Williams may be having the best NCAA Tournament of any player: he's averaging a double-double over three games against Memphis, Texas, and Duke — no slouches there — and his insane performance in the Sweet 16 outstripped Kobe Bryant's 81-point outburst in terms of efficiency. If Arizona's going to get past the only team it has played this year with a better player than Williams, it's likely going to take Williams outplaying Kemba Walker.

Prediction: This will be the Walker vs. Williams duel the nation wants, and America will get to see Kemba Walker win another one late: he'll hit a game-sealing shot in the last two minutes and lift Connecticut to a 78-73 win.

More Reading: SB Nation's The UConn Blog has tons more on Kemba Walker and UConn basketball, while SB Nation Arizona and Arizona Desert Swarm are all over the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament success. And check out the SB Nation NCAA Tournament hub for more on the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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