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Wasn’t perfect for Connecticut, either.

The Huskies only made 19 of 55 shots, and Walker’s 16 points came on 5-for-19 shooting. But through the ups and downs of the junior’s college career, he has shown there are lots of way to lead — with words in the locker room, by example in the weight room and by doing the little things like playing defense and grabbing rebounds. He had nine on this night and finished with 15 in two games, including the 56-55 win over Kentucky in the semifinals.

His biggest offensive highlight: Probably the twisting, scooping layup he made with 10:15 left that put UConn ahead 39-28 — a double-digit lead that was essentially insurmountable in this kind of contest.

The only question now is whether he’ll be back for an encore.

On a night like this, he wasn’t thinking that far ahead.

“May 8, I’ll be graduating,” he said.

Graduating with a title and a name nobody will ever forget: Just call him Kemba, UConn’s newest champion.