MILWAUKEE – Just going to give you a couple of quick thoughts. Have a very early flight home. …
The Huskies lost their first Big East game, but as with its previous two losses, it only offered more reasons to like the way this UConn team plays.
They play hard, they play together, they show resiliency and toughness. There is no reason to believe, after watching this game, that the Huskies cannot be competitive against all but the best teams in the Big East. Matching the eight wins they got last year – with what was, on paper, a much more talented team – shouldn’t be considered pie-in-the-sky hopes any more.
Yes, they got out-rebounded again and were really pounded on the boards early in the game. But there came a point, maybe eight minutes into the game, in which they had enough and started hitting Marquette first. And rebounds were about even after that. It’s not always the final rebounding stat that counts, it’s the trend, the way a game plays out.
“We started grabbing some more rebounds,” Niels Giffey said, “and that kept us in the game.”
Tyler Olander still looks lost out there.
It’s a tough loss to swallow. An officiating error played into it. Enosch Wolf getting into foul trouble, and missing an easy dunk, was an earlier four-point swing. Marquette made a miracle shot to tie it, but the Huskies should not have let Junior Cadougan shot without contesting better, or perhaps fouling.
“We got a lot of bad breaks,” Shabazz Napier said.
But it was fun, and this team is having fun and provided more fun for its fans than anyone could have anticipated.
I’m just going to link to our home page tonight – there you will find all our coverage, including the game story, notebook, box score and photo gallery.
Don’t forget, our live chats are back, beginning Thursday at 10:45 a.m.
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