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Big East: Five burning questions

Can Connecticut repeat its magical run; can young Johnnies succeed?

Updated: October 19, 2011, 11:24 AM ET
By Joe Lunardi | ESPN Insider
Lamb/NapierRichard Mackson/US PresswireShabazz Napier (left) and Jeremy Lamb are hoping to celebrate another title, but can they do it without Kemba Walker?

1. Can UConn repeat its Big East and NCAA tournament feat in 2011-12?

We should all agree that UConn's remarkable 11-game surge through the Big East and NCAA tournaments was one of the greatest short-term achievements in college basketball history. We should also remember that the Huskies posted a rather unremarkable 9-9 conference record before embarking on their magical march through March.

So which is the real Connecticut? And can the Huskies even contemplate any repeats without the singular will to win personified by Kemba Walker?

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com