The Connecticut Huskies love for tournaments will become even more apparent when they take down No. 1 seed Syracuse on Thursday in the 2012 Big East Tournament.
The Huskies went on an improbable last season that all started in the Big East Tournament. They won five games in five days to win the tournament, and then went on to sweep their way through the NCAA Tournament.
They accomplished that after entering the Big East Tournament as the No. 9 seed. And wouldn't you know it, they are again seeded nine. And they will once again make waves.
I won't be so bold as to say they can run the table again, but they will beat Syracuse.
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Why Connecticut Will Beat Syracuse
These two just played on February 25th. Syracuse won that game, but just by two points at 71-69.
Who will win this game?
Jeremy Lamb kept Connecticut in that game by going for 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting. One of the reasons they didn't win is that they got nothing from Shabazz Napier. The sophomore guard didn't score a point and put up only three shots.
That is not going to happen again. Napier is coming off of a 26-point game in Connecticut's overtime win over West Virginia to advance to this showdown.
With Napier, Lamb and Ryan Boatright—the freshman guard that hit for 14 the last time these two met—ready to light it up from the perimeter, the Huskies will be able to break down the Orange's zone defense.
This will be the Huskies third game in three days. They will undoubtedly start to begin fatigue from the hectic schedule, but that will be negated by the fact that Syracuse hasn't played in five days, and will have to shake off a little rust.
This is going to be a close game, and there is no reason to expect UConn to do anything but win close games when they are in a tournament setting.