Saturday, January 23, 2010

Not-So-Sweet 16

Too big, too long, too athletic, too deep.

Texas just appears to be too much for UConn this afternoon. Still, the Huskies should consider themselves luck to be down only eight (42-34) at the half after committing 16 turnovers. You read that correctly: 16 turnovers.

Point guard Kemba Walker has six of them on his own, four in the first five minutes of action. Jerome Dyson has four turnovers. Texas has scored more than half its points (22) off turnovers.

Walker does have five steals, but he's 0-for-4 from the floor.

The Longhorns have played 12 different players, eight of whom have scored. Ater Majok has been active and energetic (if not overly productive) in 17 minutes of action. He's hit the floor at least three different times for loose balls and has blocked a pair of shots. He's also missed both his free throws.

The Huskies could use a big game from a 6-foot-11 athlete like Majok. To this point, he's at least trying his best.

Dyson and Stanley Robinson have combined for 25 of UConn's points.

Otherwise, great crowd, great atmosphere at Gampel. Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt, who has had some health problems lately, was recognized during a timeout. Each time a Texas player goes to the foul line, the UConn student section breaks out into a "You're Not Gonna Make It" chant (to the tune of "We're Not Gonna Take It" – the Twisted Sister version, not The Who's). Creative, I suppose.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge is here, too, along with numerous NBA scouts.

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