Round 1 Column

With Jeremy Lamb, March Comes In Like A Lion

Together the two scored 81 percent of UConn's points in this game.

"I don't know where I expected to be right now," Lamb said. "I'm just trying to play hard and if they throw two or three people at Kemba, I want to make them pay by knocking down open shots."

SDSU players got called for two technical fouls. Leonard got called early for jawing with Oriakhi. Jamaal Franklin got called for knocking over Walker in the second. Kemba, the actor, insists he didn't act this time. At any rate, Lamb got smashed at the end, too. He was helped off the floor by trainer James Doran.

"Got hit by a screen," Lamb said. "He just put my arm around him, asking me, 'Are you OK? You OK?' Nothing serious. I'm fine.'"

Yes, he is.

While much was made last summer about UConn not getting any of a handful of blue-chip high school seniors, let it be said this March Lamb is looking national flag blue chip.

"I called the house after seeing Jeremy play in something called the Peach Jam tournament and he was MVP there," said Calhoun of his recruitment of Lamb. "He was so thin and this microphone could have scored 13 points against him. I said, 'Hello, is Jeremy there.'"

"No," the voice said. It was Rolando.

Rolando Lamb? The guy who broke Calhoun's heart in 1984? Yes, that Rolando Lamb.

"You owe me something," Calhoun said told him. "Your son."

And then Calhoun, after watching Lamb breaking the hearts of others on his behalf, smiled softly.

"It's ironic," he said.

Yes, it is.


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