Washington seeks upset of top-seeded UConn
=== Washington seeks upset of top-seeded UConn ===
(Sports Network) – For a chance to advance to the Elite Eight, the
Connecticut Huskies take on the Washington Huskies tonight at the
Verizon Center in Washington D.C. UConn is making its 11th Sweet 16
appearance in the last 17 years. Connecticut advanced to this point in
the tournament by posting victories over Albany (72-59) and Kentucky
(87-83). The Huskies, who came into the event as the second-ranked team in
the nation, are a top seed in the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time
in school history. In their past seven trips to the NCAA Tourney, the
Huskies have accumulated a tremendous 24-5 ledger, capturing the national
championship in both 1999 and 2004. Connecticut posted a solid 14-2 record
in Big East play during the regular season and currently holds an
outstanding 29-3 mark on the year.
As for Washington, this is the team’s second straight Sweet 16 appearance
and its eighth overall. Washington opened the tournament with a 75-61
victory over Utah State, and then logged a thrilling 67-64 win over Illinois
in the second round. The west coast Huskies are currently 26-6 on the season,
and have won 10 of their last 11 games.
This contest marks the third-ever meeting between these two schools on the
hardwood. UConn has defeated Washington in both previous matchups,
including a thrilling 75-74 victory over UW in the Sweet 16 back in 1998.
Thanks to stingy defensive play and another tremendous effort from Pac-10
Player of the Year Brandon Roy, the Washington Huskies were able to advance to
the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season. In the three-point win over
Illinois, the Huskies held the Fighting Illini to a 39.7 percent shooting
effort from the floor, which included a lackluster 5-of-18 showing from long
range. Offensively, the team was once again led by Roy, who scored 21 points
to go along with seven rebounds.
As a team, the Huskies shot just 37.8 percent from the field, but the team
was able to connect on 28-of-39 shots from the foul line en route to the
win. Justin Dentmon also had a solid game for the Huskies, tallying 13
points, six rebounds and four assists, while Jamaal Williams chipped in
10 points off the bench. On the season, Roy has been sensational,
averaging 20.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Roy also paces the club with 4.1 apg and 26
As for the Huskies of UConn, they have shown they can win games defensively as
well as offensively in this tournament. In the first-round victory over
Albany, the Huskies held the Great Danes to only 59 points. However, in the
second-round victory over Kentucky, Connecticut used more of an offensive
approach, putting up 87 points while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor.
UConn made only 4-of-13 shots from behind the arc in the contest, but the team
was able to connect on 21-of-30 tries from the foul line.
Five players posted double figures in the win, as Marcus Williams led the
way with 20 points and eight assists. Rudy Gay added 19 points, while
Denham Brown and Rashad Anderson both finished with 14 points. Hilton
Armstrong chipped in 10 points in the victory. On the season, Gay is
averaging a team-high 15.2 ppg, while collecting 6.5 rpg. Anderson has
possibly been the best sixth-man in the nation, netting 12.8 ppg, while
Williams is producing 11.7 ppg to go along with an impressive 8.5 apg.