Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Signature win? UConn's victory over Texas Tuesday night qualifies

Granted, Texas was without its double-double averaging big man, Cam Ridley. And the Longhorns may not have been a particularly great team even with him.

But make no mistake: UConn's 71-66 at the Erwin Center Tuesday night qualifies as a very big win. Texas, 8-4, and getting a few Top 25 votes (including mine) the past couple of weeks, is a Big 12 team that should be competitive in the nation's best conference. That alone should guarantee the Longhorns finish the season with a good RPI.

Couple the fact that its a road win (and don't forget, UConn is without Amida Brimah, as well), and this is a real nice one for the Huskies. A true resume-builder.

UConn also has found its true go-to guy -- on and off the floor -- in Rodney Purvis. Daniel Hamilton may be the team's best all-around player, but Purvis is the Huskies' best scorer, and is a leader off the floor, as well.

Now, about those free throws ... that is an issue that Purvis will have to resolve. Otherwise, he's been consistently strong, and clutch, all season.

Finally, here's a piece on Terry Larrier, who has to sit out this season as a transfer but, unlike Purvis, can travel with the team.

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