It's possible that the fifth game in five days has caught up with Kemba Walker. The combination of his minutes over the last week and the pace that Louisville has pushed has essentially erased Walker's jump shooting ability, though he has not been completely without influence. Walker is working hard on defense, fighting for boards, and setting up his teammates, but he's still managed to go a full 20 minutes without scoring a field goal. The last time he drained a bucket was just before the under eight minute timeout in the first half. The under eight stoppage is here in the second, and still no buckets from Walker. With 7:52 left to play, UConn are clinging to a 54-52 lead.
Preston Knowles and Peyton Siva have both come back into the game after picking up their slight nagging injuries, and both of them have managed to get themselves into double digits scoring. Their health and offensive play will be huge for Louisville down the stretch.