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After Step Forward, Two Steps Back

by Brad Toomey

If Saturday's game versus Texas was gut-check time, then Wednesday night was ego-check time for the Huskies and boy did they get served a slice of humble-pie. The Friar's dominated UConn in rout to a 81-66 victory on their home court just days after losing a stunner there to South Florida in overtime.
After a huge game over Texas, Jerome Dyson managed only 12 points on a miserable 3-14 shooting night and was pretty much non-existent in the second half when the Huskies needed him most. The boys from Storrs were outscored 45-31 in the second frame in route to their fifth loss on the road this season, they have not one a true road game yet.
UConn got off to a good start and led by as much as ten toward the end of the first half when the turnover bug once again bit the Huskies. They ended up trailing by one at the break and committed 19 turnovers for the second straight game. You cannot turn the ball over that much on the road and expect a win.
Gavin Edwards and Kemba walker each scored 17 for the Huskies and played pretty well, but UConn was out-rebounded 53-38 and gave up too many points in the paint. Providence, a team that generally lives and dies by the three-point shot, beat the Huskies inside and deflated any confidence carried over from Saturday's big win.
January is too early to use the word "bubble", but I'm saying it. UConn has no road wins and if they do not step up to win some games down the stretch, then they will find themselves at the mercy of the NCAA selection committee, which is no fun place to be. They can "rebound" with games against Marquette (should I call the XL Center home) and at Louisville Monday night.

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