Connecticut Makes Easy Work Of South Florida, Stays Alive In Conference Race

By Greg Douglas
Shabazz Napier
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The Connecticut Huskies might as well have scheduled a pickup game at a nearby park instead of showing up to rout an American Athletic Conference bottom-dweller as the Huskies did Wednesday. Connecticut looked like world-beaters as the Huskies completely dismantled the South Florida Bulls in Hartford, but will this new found confidence lift the Huskies to new heights? The team is already all but assured an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, but the goal of winning the conference is still in play if the Huskies play consistently from here on out.

The final push for a regular season title started Wednesday when the Huskies doubled up the Bulls 83-40. Naismith candidate Shabazz Napier was the top performer in the contest, recording seven points, five rebounds and four assists. The Huskies shot 53 percent from the field on a night that every single player that suited up recorded at least two points. The Huskies won every category on the score sheet and put on a show for the fans that braved the elements, but can the Huskies keep this play up against more challenging competition?

The Huskies will play four top-25 opponents the rest of the way, which will prove to be make or break games for a veteran squad. With one of the best backcourts in America in Napier and Ryan Boatright, the Huskies will have high aspirations after being ineligible for postseason play last year, but will Connecticut capitalize on the team’s depth and shooting prowess?

Connecticut is ultimately a streaky team that is extremely dangerous when the team finds its rhythm, so don’t underestimate the team that is more than capable of making a run in March.

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