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“We gonna shock the world,” the Huskies chanted as they sprinted to their locker room.

Nobody’s surprised by Walker anymore.

Kentucky did a decent job containing him with its zone, which forced the Huskies to be more patient and look for second options. Jeremy Lamb was the most obvious one. The freshman, whose father Ronaldo made a game-winning shot to knock Calhoun out of the tournament when he was coaching at Northeastern in 1984, had 12 points, including a fancy scooping layup with 2:29 left to put the Huskies ahead by six.

From there, it was a hectic, hard-fought finish that included few baskets and even fewer breaks. The teams played nearly five straight minutes without a whistle, and the 4-minute media timeout didn’t come until there was a bit more than 120 seconds left.

The quick pace might have made some legs tired and had something to do with Kentucky coming up short on some of those key shots late. There wasn’t much of an explanation, though, for the 9-for-32 shooting in the first half. The Wildcats trailed 31-21 at the break, their lowest first-half output of the season.

“I just think we missed a bunch of open shots,” Kentucky senior Josh Harrellson said. “We had good looks, and we just weren’t knocking anything down. … We just couldn’t make anything.”

Knight finished 6 for 23 with 17 points, Doron Lamb had 13 on 5-for-10 shooting. But the Wildcats made only 21 field goals, only nine from 3-point range and shot 4 for 12 from the free-throw line.

Calipari barely lost this latest matchup against Calhoun — a showdown between a couple of coaches who haven’t hidden their dislike for each other, dating to the day when Calipari was at UMass in the 1990s and moving in on Calhoun’s turf.

“We had our chance to win the game, and as a coach, that’s all you can ask of these young people,” Calipari said. “Give us a chance, and we had an opportunity.”

While Calhoun has become a fixture at UConn — in his fourth Final Four — Calipari has moved around. This year, he joined Rick Pitino as only the second coach to take three different programs to the sport’s biggest stage.

He said he’d prefer talent over experience any day. His ability to bring this group of freshmen this far was remarkable, given that this was considered something of a rebuilding year for the Wildcats, who lost John Wall and four others to the NBA draft after last season.

Calhoun could tell the same story. He wasn’t expected to do much this year and was depending mainly on his star, Walker, to shoulder the load. It worked early in the season, but teams figured out how to limit him in the Big East — as grueling a conference as there is.

Walker has been electric in leading the Huskies this far in the tournament, though, averaging 26 points a game on the road to the Final Four. Did he think something like this was possible?

“Man, probably not in the beginning of the season because I wasn’t thinking about it,” he said. “As the season went on in the Big East and the first game in the NCAA’s, I saw the teams that we could possibly play, I knew we had a chance.”