It was over early as the Connecticut Huskies ran over the South Florida Bulls to a score of 83-40. Star point guard Shabazz Napier played perhaps his worst game of the season, but it didn’t matter in the end. The senior guard from Massachusetts only had seven points, five rebounds, and four assists. While those numbers are pedestrian at best, Napier was not needed in this game as he was taken out early in the second half.
DeAndre Daniels had himself quite a night, as he scored 12 points and brought down five rebounds. When the NCAA tournament comes around, the Huskies will be looking for consistent production from Daniels to help Napier. Lasan Kromah was given the task to stop USF’s best player in Victor Rudd. The USF guard only scored six points, and he shot 1-9. Kromah’s stifling defense also forced Rudd to make three turnovers.
After losing a nail-bitter to Cincinnati, the Huskies were able to take their next two games. The Huskies are currently ranked #24 in the top 25. Holding on to that spot is crucial when the tournament rolls around. As of now, the Huskies are probably a six-seed. But, there is no reason that UConn can’t improve their seeding. Winning games against teams like Memphis and Louisville would be a big boost for the Huskies.
The SMU Mustangs also joined the top 25 on Monday. While it isn’t getting much attention, the AAC is becoming an extremely top-heavy conference. The Huskies will go as far as Shabazz Napier takes them. With around three weeks left until March Madness, there is still work to be done for this Connecticut squad, and it starts with their matchup on Saturday versus the 20th ranked Memphis Tigers.
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