What I have learned

Pittsburgh Connecticut BasketballSo, UConn lost last night 76-68 to Pittsburgh. I'm still more optimistic than Justin is, but I think his recap came pretty close to hitting the nail on the head. Anyway, I came away with three thoughts from the game, you can see them after the jump.

  1. Jerome Dyson's presence will be missed, but it does not end the season. Kemba Walker played great, as did Stanley Robinson, who hit a few big baskets in the second half and was two points shy of a double-double. As I wrote yesterday, I think Dyson's absence will be missed most against tough physical teams like Pitt and in situations like the Big East Tournament where UConn will have to play three games in three days.
  2. DeJuan Blair is extremely good and probably the worst matchup in the country for Hasheem Thabeet. He killed the Huskies last night, and was certainly helped by the fact that Thabeet only played for 23 minutes. Plus, a lot of that was due to some cheap fouls. Quick pop quiz, look at this picture and tell me who is fouling who: blair If you said that it looks like Blair is fouling Thabeet, congratulations, you have eyes. If you think Thabeet is fouling Blair, congratulations, you are a Big East official. The point is, Pitt is a very good, very physical team. UConn's big man got in foul trouble, Pitt's did not. When that happens, Pitt will win nine times out of 10.
  3. If anything is going to kill this UConn team down the stretch, it will be the same Achilles heel that has haunted the Huskies for years. UConn shot 5-17 from 3-point range and was unable to hit a big long-range shot when it mattered down the stretch. A.J. Price shot pretty well (4-9 from beyond the arc), but Craig Austire was a dreadful 1-5.

At the end of the day, there are two important things to remember: UConn was not going to run the table, with or without Dyson; and Pitt is a very, very good basketball team. The Panthers are a bad matchup for UConn, especially with a limited Thabeet and were ranked No. 4 for a reason. No one likes losing, but dropping a close game to Pitt is nothing to be ashamed about.

Ultimately, UConn is probably going to lose two or three more games before the NCAA Tournament, but they are still more than capable of getting to Detroit.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The UConn Blog

You must be a member of The UConn Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The UConn Blog. You should read them.

Join The UConn Blog

You must be a member of The UConn Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The UConn Blog. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker