UConn’s second Round NCAA Tournament game win over Duquesne in Storrs was special… Really special. Not since 2002 when the Bird-Cash-Jone-Williams class went out on such a high note… the trio of Stewart, Tuck, and Jefferson carried their team to Bridgeport themselves. 61 points, 14 assists between Moriah and Morgan, and countless other great numbers from the night… Stewey’s 16 boards and 5 blocks, three alone in one sintilating sequence that lead to a shot clock violation… Jefferson’s career high six 3-pointers, and the 6,300 who showed up, many of them students who came out to honor these three greats in UConn history.
To say the Huskies have raised their level of play up a notch would be an understatement. In fact, between the level even from the American Conference to this NCAA Tournament is noticeable. According to Geno Auriemma, Moriah Jefferson’s practices have been off the charts. You think Breanna Stewart wants a fourth National Championship? Jefferson doesn’t know anything but winning. Four as a home schooled kid, and three more here… she has the drive and talent. And you’d think she’ll be the number two pick in the WNBA Draft… with a great chance to play back in her home state.
Now onto Bridgeport, and the Regionals… First up is Mississippi State of the SEC. Vic Schaefer is a defensive guru who helped Texas A&M win the National Championship in 2011. Now the Bulldogs give up on average just under 55 points per game… but the big red flag for them is that they are foul prone. 20 personal fouls per game, and 21 DQ’s on the season, three of them in a game they were lucky to win Sunday over Michigan State in the 4-5 Second Round game… played in Starkville because the Breslin Center was hosting the state Girls’ High School Hoop Finals. And then Michigan State erased a 17-point deficit. The other two teams are Texas, who UConn crushed last March in the Sweet 16, and UCLA in the 2-3 game. By the way, the PAC 12 has four teams in the Sweet 16… good for them.
Debbie Fiske is back with me Saturday at 11am from the Webster Bank Arena… we hope you join us on the radio… and happy Easter this weekend.