UConn's youth (and Kemba Walker, of course) beat Kentucky's youth, despite a freshman mistake by Jeremy Lamb late. And it's DeAndre Liggins, a junior, who will be the Wildcats' sickest player tonight.
A Shabazz Napier turnover gave Kentucky a chance to take the lead with 16 seconds left, but the Wildcats were only able to get a deep DeAndre Liggins three on the ensuing possession. Liggins missed, Napier came up with the rebound, and the Husky freshman hit his free throws to ice UConn's third NCAA Tournament final appearance.
In those last two trips to the last men's college basketball game of the season, Jim Calhoun is 2-0.
Walker was his typically brilliant self throughout the game, accumulating 18 points, six rebounds, and seven assists while steadying the Huskies and helping UConn beat back a resurgent Kentucky in the second half.
And now, the most electric player from March Madness will get a chance to win the NCAA Tournament in April.
More 2011 March Madness resources: SB Nation's Kentucky blog A Sea of Blue has tons more on the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament success, while The UConn Blog has coverage of the Huskies and Kemba Walker ... visit our NCAA Tournament hub for up-to-date news and information ... grab an updated printable NCAA 2011 Tournament bracket ... check out the the full NCAA Tournament schedule.