Not much, just a few things to pick on while you wait for Thanksgiving and Sunday’s game with Ohio State at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass….
Ohio State’s rookie coach Kevin McGuff spent the last two seasons at Washington and the previous nine at Xavier. But UConn fans will remember him as the long-time assistant to Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw. He spent six seasons with the Irish, including its national championship season, 2000-01.
The only other meeting between the programs was the Maggie Dixon Classic in New York City. UConn’s win was its 88th straight on the road to the record-setting 90 that spanned from the start of the 2008-09 season to Dec. 30, 2010. Tiffany Hayes scored 26 points and Maya Moore added 22 before a crowd of 15,232 – a record for a women’s game at Madison Square Garden.
UConn’s passing has been one of its best attributes this season. Moriah Jefferson’s 34 assists at the point are actually surpassed by Stef Dolson’s 35 at the high post. And defensely, Dolson (20), Breanna Stewart (22) and Kiah Stokes have already blocked 68 shots.
The UConn-Ohio State is the final of four to be played Sunday on the final day of the Hall of Fame Classic: Bowling Green-Monmouth (10 a.m.); Boston University-Old Dominion (12:15) and Marist-St. Bonaventure (2:30) precede.