Is there ever been a team in the NCAA as deep as this Huskies team? Even with Jerome Dyson out for the season the Huskies managed to get eight different players on the board against Chattanooga with three eclipsing the 20 point mark and five in double figures.
One key about the Huskies depth is that a new player steps up each night to push them to victory.
Against Texas A&M, A.J. Price was on fire. He hit 4-7 from behind the arc on his way to 27 points, eight assists, and five rebounds. Adding insult to injury, nine different players scored for the huskies that night including walk-on senior Jim Veronick. That must have been the great one minute of playing time in his entire life.
Against Purdue it was Hasheem Thabeet who took the spot light. Thabeet shot 6-7 from the field on the way to 15 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks in 36 minutes of action. The Defensive Player of the Year was out for blood that night. The Boilmakers allowed four Huskies to reach double-figures in scoring with seven Huskies total getting a basket.
It was freshman Kemba Walker that stole the show against the Missouri Tigers. Coming off the bench for senior Craig Austrie, Walker showed why he will be among the elite point guards in college basketball next year. As the clock hit triple zero, Walker had tied a career high for points with 23 while adding five rebounds and five assists. He shot 7-9 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Every Husky that got into this game scored a basket, even Donnell Beverly who got only two minutes of action.
How could we forget Stanley Robinson and Jeff Adrien, two players who are equally as pivotal in UConn's run to the Final Four? Though neither had a break-out game in the tournament that wasn't over shadowed by another player's heroics, both forwards are putting up incredible numbers.
Robinson is averaging nearly 15 points and seven rebounds a game in the tournament while shooting over 50 percent from the field. His 24 points against Chattanooga led the team and his 11 rebounds against Purdue was second only to Thabeet.
Adrien, the most consistent player on the UConn roster, is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in the tournament. He put up 23 points on 11-16 shooting against A&M and looked very comfortable putting up the 15-18 foot jumpshot...NBA scouts take note.
When playing the Huskies, you must pick your poison. You might be able to stop one or two of their guys, but just know there's another three or four waiting to make you pay for it.