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Recap: UConn Men’s Basketball Loses to Wichita State, 72-62

Once again, UConn played competitively against a ranked opponent but came up short at the end.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

The UConn Huskies gave the No. 8 Wichita State Shockers all they could handle for about 35 minutes but let the game get away from them as they suffered a 72-62 loss at the XL Center in front of a sellout crowd in Hartford.

Kevin Ollie’s squad looked slightly better today - the defense was pretty sharp and at times the offense really clicked - but those moments were few and far between. We still saw long stretches without a field goal, poor shot selection, silly turnovers and bad ball movement. Some great individual efforts from Jalen Adams (18 points, six assists, five rebounds), Terry Larrier (18 points) and Christian Vital (17 points, five rebounds) kept the Huskies in this one.

Early on, quality defense and solid rebounding along with the early flashes of offensive competence allowed UConn to compete against its top-10 opponent, who took a 33-29 lead into the halftime break. But the Huskies started losing on the boards and the offense got back on its frenetic, bad-shot-taking bullshit and Wichita State was in control for most of the second half. UConn kept things close, mounting a run to once to briefly take the lead, 43-42, and another to tie it up at 49 with 9:25 left. WSU answered back, as it did any time UConn got too close, with a 12-4 run and was able to ice it.

Overall, shooting percentage was even for both teams, but Wichita State did much better from behind the arc. UConn only hit 3-16 from deep (shout out to Eric Cobb for hitting one of those) while the Shockers were better from three (12-25, 48 percent) than they were from the free-throw line (4-12, 33 percent), otherwise, this may have been a real blowout. UConn’s big men got into early foul trouble and couldn’t contribute a whole lot offensively.

Under normal circumstances, this might be an encouraging performance for a young, developing team, but given what we have seen from the Huskies so far this season, we’re on notice. The key is to not follow this one up with a stinker. UConn is in action next on the road against Tulsa (109th in KenPom) and cannot afford any more bad performances against mid-tier teams. One okay performance that slightly surpasses expectations is not enough after the horrors we have already seen thus far this season.

UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie, Christian Vital, Terry Larrier, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, Landry Shamet and Austin Reaves postgame video