UConn looks like it’s going to be very fun to watch this season. Really, this might be the most entertaining pack of Huskies we’ve seen in a half-decade, if not longer.
Early evidence of that came Wednesday night, as the 18th-ranked Huskies handled Michigan. Kevin Ollie’s team won 74-60 in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. The 4-0 Huskies had five players hit double figures, led by rising sophomore Daniel Hamilton’s 16. Hamilton came up just shy of a triple-double, also logging nine boards and nine assists.
Watching the Huskies run was a good indication of how Ollie’s assembled a roster that will adapt well to the new rules in college hoops this season. UConn shot 48 percent from the field while keeping Michigan to a paltry 32 percent.
Sterling Gibbs, a senior transfer from Seton Hall, is looking like a reliable weapon. Rodney Purvis looked better, too. Now, Michigan is far from at full strength, and it’s unlikely the Wolverines will be a top-30 team this season, but still. UConn’s been an uneven watch in most recent years.
Now they’re gonna be a joy!
Michigan, now 2-2, is missing a big piece in Zak Irvin, who will pay dividends for that team down the road. That team gets a gotta-have-it game against Charlotte on Thursday. By nature of UConn’s win, college hoops fans are treated with an old-school Big East rivalry game on Thanksgiving. Syracuse vs. Connecticut.
That’s pretty nice.
Made all the more fun with the fact both teams have yet to lose this season. The Huskies and Orange tip off at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET.