Aah, the beauty of early season tournaments. You face a team ranked better than you are on a neutral court, and perhaps you pull off the upset.
Chaminade nearly did that against Michigan State on Monday night (which was considered a neutral game technically because Chaminade received the same ticket allotment as the other schools although they were the “home” team).
The UConn Huskies managed to complete the deal against the No. 2 team in the country last night.
Kemba Walker had his third straight game with 30 or more points, including a jumper off a missed free throw to give the Huskies the lead for good with under a minute to go.
It was a game where Michigan State had a lot of chances to tie it up though. Draymond Green missed two key free throws down the stretch, and Kalin Lucas made a bad pass on a miscommunication. UConn nearly gave them a reprieve there with Niels Giffey tipping it on the way out and then tipping it again as he attempted to save it, but amazingly the referees missed both calls and ruled it Connecticut possession.
After making a lot of mistakes against a Wichita State team and squeaking by with a four-point victory when they should have won by more, Connecticut played like a veteran team in this contest, managing to beat a team considered a national title contender.
Although UConn was picked to finish 10th in the Big East this season, perhaps the coaches might want to rethink that prediction. If the Huskies continue to play the way they did against Michigan State, they could even win the conference. Then again, if they play the way they did against the Shockers last night, perhaps the prediction will be accurate.
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