God it's great to be back in the post-season.
UConn completely and utterly dominated Memphis tonight.
In a game where the tip-off was delayed until 9:45 (yawn), Kevin Ollie had his UConn Huskies rolling against the 19th ranked Memphis Tigers. He even found time to turn that frown upside down and actually smiled at one point with about four minutes left in the game.
Tonight in FedExForum, everything was coming up UConn. Niels Giffey, who got the start tonight, had a career night with 24 points and 9 rebounds. He was 9-11 from the field and 6-8 from three point range. Shabazz Napier played the role of facilitator but found time to make some nice baskets and both DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright got into the action as well with 11 points each.
UConn was extremely impressive in the way they were able to silence the home crowd tonight. Pretty much from the opening tip, the Huskies were setting the tempo, finding then hitting open shots and endlessly frustrating Memphis defensively. They shot around 50% from the the field and from three and Kevin Ollie also got good minutes from bench players Lasan Kromah (4 steals!), Terrance Samuel and Amida Brimah.
Next up for the Huskies in the AAC Semi-Finals are the Cincinnati Bearcats. UConn split the season series with Mick Cronins squad with each team winning at home, although when UConn lost they were without DeAndre Daniels. The Bearcats are coming off a narrow victory against UCF in their Quarterfinal match-up. On a neutral court in tournament play... I like our chances.