20:00 - Underway in the second half with a quick bucket for the Huskies to make it 38-22!
16:45 - Things looking solid to start for the Huskies, but five straight points from Caris LeVert leads to a Kevin Ollie time out. 41-29 UConn ahead.
11:55 - Huskies rolling, up 49-33. Daniel Hamilton flirting with a triple-double; he has nine points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Michigan is 10-of-36 (27.8%) from the field and 4-19 (21%) from three-point range, compared to UConn's 50% and 42%, respectively.
6:30 - UConn ahead, 57-45. The Huskies are playing wonderfully, moving the ball around well and playing stifling defense which the Wolverines really have no answer for. Sam Cassell Jr. is getting into the act as well, with 11 points so far.
4:00ish - The AXS feed cut out and then showed us the trailer for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
3:14 - Michigan has come back somewhat, with the score now 61-53.
0:50 - Hamilton hits a dagger three to clinch the game. Score now at 66-55.
FINAL: UConn wins, 74-60
20:00 - And we're off! UConn wins the tip, which AXS TV was too busy talking amongst themselves to catch on video.
18:00 - Michigan showing zone early, giving UConn some trouble. Wolverines up 5-0 early on.
15:26 - Michigan ahead 9-3, and is dominating the boards early. They have four offensive rebounds at this early juncture of the game, and a 7-4 advantage in the game.
11:00 - Tie game! Rodney Purvis ties it up for UConn with a nice drive to the hoop for a bucket. Michigan on a bit of a cold streak shooting-wise, missing its past six and 12 out of past 14 and leading to a 7-0 UConn run.
7:46 - Michigan up 15-14, the Huskies have been inefficient on offense but are looking pretty strong defensively. Wolverine leading scorer Caris Levert has two fouls and will likely be on the bench for the rest of the half.
5:26 - UConn pulls ahead 24-16. Michigan predictably struggled without its top scorer, as the Huskies have mounted a 19-4 run.
END 1ST HALF: UConn ahead 36-22.
Nine points for Purvis and Hamilton, who both have three assists. Hamilton also has five rebounds.
UConn was really able to pull away when John Belein sat his leading scorer Caris LeVert after he got his second foul with about eight minutes left.
Gibbs has six points including a three as time ran out in the half. Michigan is shooting 24% from the field compared to 57.7% for the Huskies, and being outrebounded by UConn, 22-12. Eight turnovers for the Huskies in what was a sloppy first half, but oh well.
Through three games, Kevin Ollie's UConn Huskies have been relatively untested, but it's hard not to be really excited by what we have seen out of the team thus far.
Experienced newcomers Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller have played pretty much exactly as advertised. Gibbs has stepped into that lead guard role while Miller has brought an element to the low post which UConn sorely missed last year.
Daniel Hamilton and Rodney Purvis appear to be ready for the responsibilities of being team leaders, and this year's Huskies appear to have an edge about them.
There a worse ways to beat three low-to-middle tier teams like Maine, New Hampshire, and Furman. Just ask last year's Huskies, who let Bryant and College of Charleston hang around at the start of the season. Later on, against teams from the bottom of the American such as Tulane or Central Florida, those Huskies struggled to get wins.
This year's Huskies have their first chance to legitimately prove that they are not that team.
Michigan may not be a top 25 team, but there is certainly a lot of talent across the roster. John Belein is an experienced head coach who has done well at Michigan and has a nice blend of veterans and youth on this year's team.
Tonight's game will be the first of five scheduled opportunities to add a solid non-conference win to the resumé; the Huskies could potentially earn another if they advance to the finals of this tournament.
With a win tonight, the Huskies will move on to play Syracuse, who beat Charlotte earlier today. If the Huskies can accomplish the pedestrian feat of beating the Orange in a single-elimination tournament, they will advance to the finals, where they would face the winner of Texas A&M versus Gonzaga.
This is the open thread. Feel free to post your predictions for tonight's game and how this tournament plays out while we wait to get started, and hang around to share your thoughts on the game!
Game 1: Gonzaga vs. Washington, 9:00 am PT, ESPN Gonzaga won, 80-64
Game 2: Charlotte vs. Syracuse, 11:30 am PT, ESPN Syracuse won, 83-70
Game 3: Texas A&M vs. Texas, 4:00 pm PT, AXS TV Texas A&M won, 84-73
Game 4: Michigan vs. Connecticut, 9630 pm PT, AXS TV