Looking Back: Top Backcourt Tandems At UConn
ANAHEIM - CA - 03/25/11 - UConn's Kemba Walker talks in a press conference next to Jeremy Lamb, left, at the Honda Center during the NCAA West Regional Friday, March 25, 2011. UConn beat San Diego 74-67 and Arizona beat Duke 93-77 and will face each other in the Elite Eight Saturday. BETTINA HANSEN | email@example.com ORG XMIT: B581148303Z.1 (Bettina Hansen / Hartford Courant / March 25, 2011)
1964-65: The tandem: Wes Bialosuknia, Tom Penders
The record: 23-3, lost to St. Joe's in NCAA Tournament
By the numbers: Bialosuknia, the Poughkeepsie Popper, averaged 21.3 points. Penders, who went on to a long, successful career in coaching, shot 51 percent.
2010-11: Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb
The record: 32-9, NCAA champs
By the numbers: Walker averaged 23.8 points and hit numerous clutch shots, most notably against Pitt in the Big East tournament. Lamb, a freshman, came of age in the postseason and averaged 16.2 points in the NCAA Tournament. Both went on to become NBA lottery picks.
1998-99: Khalid El-Amin, Ricky Moore
The record: 32-4, NCAA champs
By the numbers: El-Amin averaged 13.8 points and had 144 assists, providing the take-charge leadership that finally put UConn over the top. Moore averaged 6.8 points and had 131 assists, and is best remembered for shutting down Trajon Langdon of Duke in the championship game. Moore is now a UConn assistant coach.
2003-04: Taliek Brown, Ben Gordon
The record: 33-6, NCAA champs
By the numbers: Brown had 253 assists and Gordon averaged 18.5 points to lead the Huskies. They were perfect complements for Emeka Okafor up front.
1994-95: Doron Sheffer, Kevin Ollie
The record: 28-5, lost to eventual champ UCLA in the NCAA Elite Eight.
By the numbers: Having brought Sheffer from Israel to push Ollie as starting point guard, coach Jim Calhoun decided to keep both in the lineup, and it resulted in a supercharged offense: The Huskies challenged the 100-point mark nearly every game. Ollie averaged 9.8 points, with 212 assists. Sheffer had 11.3 points per game and 183 assists.
1989-90: Tate George, Chris Smith
The record: 31-6, lost to Duke in NCAA Tournament
By the numbers: George, a junior who had helped win the NIT as a freshman, averaged 12.6 points, had 179 assists and hit a memorable shot to beat Clemson in the tournament. Smith, a big get from Bridgeport, averaged 17.2 points.