Player of the Game- For most of the contest, I would have copped out on this one and called it a team win. But then the Ferrari hit the open road and looked like everything we were hoping for. Purvis finished with only 11 points, but his three second-half 3-pointers were huge, coming at the end of possessions that didn't have much going on. This is third game in the last four that Purvis has shown up and shot the ball well. That development has been gangbusters for the Huskies.
Turning Point of the Game- Trailing by 13, UConn was in dire straits. Enter Omar. UConn's second favorite Calhoun hit a 3 pointer, then knocked down a mid-range jumper, and suddenly the Huskies were alive. They'd eventually come all the way back to take the lead. But it all started around the 16:20 mark. Calhoun's emergence over the last few games has been a nice boost for this team. The Huskies have been looking for scoring wherever they can find it and Omar has answered the bell.
Play of the Game- I'm a sucker for any and all Amida Brimah blocks and dunks, but the jam he threw down with 11:37 left in the game was awesome. Brimah's a freak athlete, just so big and fast. Daniel Hamilton found him cutting to the rim and Brimah rose and powered it down. That he was fouled on the play made it that much sweeter.
Concern- Call me a sucker, but this was a perfect game for the Huskies. I'm not worried about Ryan Boatright. He was injured against Temple and showed his rust today, but that won't last. The man is clearly not 100% right now. This team responded well to the pressure of being down big in their first road game and came back against a motivated Gator team. The Huskies bought themselves a little breathing room with the NCAA Tournament committee with this one. Going forward, this team still has communication issues on both sides of the ball, the offense still gets stagnant at times, but right now, it's all smiles.