UConn, huh? No Problem.
Although this trip to Storrs hasn’t been like the others, road conference games are already tricky – no matter who you play. I remember a time (not too long ago) that every game against UConn was a fight to the bitter end and most likely gave all of us gray hairs and near heart attacks.
The past two years have been different.
Coming into the game, UC has won every meeting since the infamous quadruple overtime game 2 years ago in the AAC tournament (sorry for bringing that up again). But since then (including this game in which UC won 65-57) UC has not trailed in a game against UConn.
That’s 160 minutes of play without trailing once. With only ~6 minutes of being tied.
The game Saturday went well for the Cats, maintaining control the entire game and although the score may not show a blowout, it ended up being a lot closer than it should have been.
Gary Clark had an uncharacteristically quiet night with 5 points and 6 rebounds while Kyle Washington played extremely well and put up 13 and 11. Jacob Evans killer instinct went into effect late in the second half getting to the free throw line and going 9 for 10 like a boss. This game was also a homecoming of sorts for backup Point Guard Cane Broome – who grew up in the Hartford area. So naturally, he had a plethora of friends and family in attendance wearing red and black. He put up an impressive 10 points with 3 assists and perhaps most importantly – only 2 total turnovers.
At this point in the year UC can’t afford many losses; especially any coming at home or to low quality opponents on the road.
Our Bearcats are currently #6 in the Nation, the highest rating under Mick Cronin and the highest since January 2004 (Maxiell’s junior year).
They are back in action tomorrow night on Tuesday and take on the Tacko Fall-less UCF Knights as they look to extend the nations longest home winning streak to 39.
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