For the 10th straight November, the University of Connecticut will play in a tournament. They boast a 25-4 record, with five titles in their November tournaments.
This season, the Huskies traveled to Puerto Rico to play in the Tip Off event. Other invitees are West Virginia, Texas A&M, Dayton, Boston College, George Mason, and New Mexico.
UConn will open tournament play this afternoon against the College of Charleston. The Huskies opened their championship defense with a victory over Bryant last week. CoC is 1-1 on the season.
For the 2nd consecutive game, the Huskies will be without guard Omar Calhoun. He is still nursing an injured right knee. HIs timetable is still set at "day-to-day" but he's been inactive dating back through the preseason.
The winner of the UConn-CoC game will go on to play the winner of the Dayton-Texas A&M in the winners bracket, while the losers will play in a consolation game.
BRICKS BRICKS BRICKS BRICKS EVERYBODY*
(sing to the tune of LMFAO's opus, Shots)
What an ugly half of basketball. At one point late in the second half, UConn and the College of Charleston combined to 3 of 32. That isn't very good.
There were some good signs from the Huskies. To start the game, UConn employed a strong full court press that harassed and hounded C of C, forcing 8 turnovers in the first half.
Offensively, it was pretty bleak but a few things stood out. Early on, Ryan Boatright hit Kentan Facey on a great backdoor cut for an easy dunk. Boatright has been out there slinging passes all over the floor. His court vision has really improved over his four years. He's using his elite speed to create angles on the floor that only he can take advantage of. UConn fans need to realize that Boatright is the real deal. He can be "the man."
Speaking of "the man", Daniel Hamilton is showing flashes of developing into a star. His two 3 pointers to end the first half were huge momentum boosts for UConn. The do-it-all freshman has been sensational to start the season.
The second half is about to start. Let's see how UConn adjusts.