The second NCAA Tournament game on Saturday night didn't have the same intrigue as the first, but it did feature Kemba Walker. Once again, the Connecticut star carried his team, this time to a Sweet 16 berth with a 69-58 win over No. 6 seed and Big East rival Cincinnati.
Walker, who has now played nearly every minute of seven games in the last 11 days, fought off a hip injury to score 33 points. He didn't shoot incredibly, hitting 8-20 from the field, but nailed all 14 of his free-throw attempts to still manage to score efficiently. He also made big plays when his team needed him to do so, fighting off Cincinnati's physical defense and familiarity with his game from Big East battles.
Jeremy Lamb added 14 points for Connecticut, but he was the only other UCONN player in double figures. Rashad Bishop led Cincinnati with 22 points, but he ran out of gas, like his team, at the end of the game. We're still waiting for Walker and Connecticut to run out of gas.
The Huskies move on to face San Diego State in the Sweet 16. The Aztects survived No. 7 seed Temple in double overtime earlier Saturday.