CBB Summer Buzz: UConn Huskies
The Huskies need to find a go-to scorer now that Kemba Walker is gone
Insider knows you're hot for hoops during the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at a few of the nation's most intriguing programs before most freshmen have even moved into their dorms. We begin with the defending national champs, the UConn Huskies. To get the offseason scoop on 24 other high-profile teams, click here.
2010-11: 32-9, (national champions)
Kemba Walker is gone. Any conversation about this UConn team, from now until the first jump ball in November, starts with that fact. That's the fallout of a remarkable postseason run during which the Huskies jelled around their incandescent star to storm through the Big East tournament and then slog out one of the lowest-scoring title games in the modern era. But for all the confetti that's fallen in their honor, the remaining pack of Huskies realized that the celebration had to end.
"After we won I took a week off and then it was back to the gym," says junior forward Alex Oriakhi. "We were happy but I said to my teammates, 'Let's not let it get to us.' [Having won a title] will make us work harder because when the season starts we're going to get everybody's best game. There's no more Kemba, so everybody has to produce this year."
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