Louisville has one of the best fast break offenses in the nation and UConn found out why on Monday. The Huskies looked like old men trying to get up and down the court with the lightning fast Cardinals that lapped the Connecticut players on their way to a 80-59 beat down. Louisville lead for almost the entire game and simply outplayed and out hustled a Huskie team that looks unmotivated and lackluster.
Louisville was lead by the play of Smith who went for 16 points and Behanan who grabbed 12 boards. The win lifts Louisville to 19-5 overall and 7-4 in the Big East. It also helps solidify their #23 national ranking.
Smith declared after the game “We just had more fun than they did.” It’s hard to argue with that. Winning certainly is fun and it would be tough to find any UConn players that were having too much fun Monday.
This drops the Huskies to 15-8 overall and 5-6 in the Big East. This is one of the worst seasons in a long time for UConn as they aren’t even ranked going in to February. With Coach Jim Calhoun missing a number of games this year with health issues and his rumored upcoming retirement, it feels like UConn is simply going through the motions. They will need a massive late season resurgence if they want to dance in March.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this game was that 31 NBA scouts were present to look largely at the Huskie players. I’d love to know what notes they wrote after watching them implode.
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