Off to a better-than-expected start, with a depleted roster and new coach, the UConn Huskies (12-4, 2-2 Big East) began a stretch on Saturday that many felt would define their season.
Led by Shabazz Napier's 19 points, the Huskies were able to upset then-No. 17 Notre Dame in South Bend before moving on to a home matchup with No. 1 Louisville.
A 10-point first-half lead quickly evaporated as the Cardinals dominated the second frame to pull away for a 73-58 win.
The final game of this brutal stretch will come this Saturday at longtime rival Pittsburgh. The Panthers will hit the road to face Villanova before returning home for the game.
A win would cap a very successful three-game stretch for Kevin Ollie's club and would give the fans reason to be optimistic.
But it will be no easy task, and these are the five keys to the game for UConn vs. Pitt.