The Connecticut Huskies (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today) opened up the season at home with a 75-66 win against the William & Mary Tribe yesterday.
One could say the team is off to a solid start, but just looking at the box score doesn't tell the whole story.
Connecticut wasn't really sure what kind of team they wanted to be yesterday. At times they looked great, but at times they looked uninspired and made mistakes that a top 15 team should not make. Their sloppy play kept William & Mary within a fighting chance throughout the game when it should have been a blowout.
The Huskies had 10 turnovers, shot 5-16 from 3-point range and 57.1% from the free-throw line.
William & Mary shot 7-16 in just the second half from long range and looked wide open on almost all of their 3-point shots.
It was almost as though every time UConn looked poised to really pull away, they would start lowering their level of play and let the Tribe back in it.
One of the high points for UConn consisted of Jerome Dyson, who missed last year's March Madness Tournament due to a torn meniscus in his knee. He looked dominant scoring 27 points. It looks as though he's determined to come out strong this season as the leader of this relatively young basketball team.
Another positive for UConn was a very solid performance from freshman Alex Oriakhi. Oriakhi finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in the game, scoring six of the first nine points for UConn.
It's fair to say that everyone else on the team had their highs and lows.
Stanley Robinson, who finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds, had moments of tremendous play where he would come soaring in for a block, soaring in for a rebound, or soaring in for an alley-oop. Unfortunately, he also had some bad plays and made some poor decisions with three turnovers to show for it.
Kemba Walker also had three turnovers and seemed to be forcing up many shots. He was trying to create too much at times where UConn needed to just use clock management and have control of the ball.
This team is young and is a work in progress. It's good that they can see their problems against a team that still couldn't take advantage of those weaknesses to pull off the upset. Jim Calhoun will definitely be working out his team's kinks during practice before their next game at home versus Colgate on Monday.
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