BIG EAST Home Opener Tuesday— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) December 18, 2022
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Junior big man and Big East Preseason Player of the Year Adama Sanogo paces UConn with 19.0 points per game, while Jordan Hawkins contributes 14.2. San Diego transfer Joey Calcaterra (8.7 points) makes 55 percent of his 3-point tries as the Huskies’ top threat from the perimeter...
Saturday’s win still was a statement for the Huskies, who proved they can rely on their defense and physicality to seize control of a game. UConn smothered the Bulldogs to 29.6-percent shooting and held them to just 46 points, both of which were season-bests for the Huskies.
UConn also had a 54-30 rebounding advantage, which included 18 offensive boards.
“Our recipe travels: Dominate the backboard, play elite defense and be a high-assist team,” Hurley said, according to the CT Insider. “Plus-24 on the glass, holding them to 30-percent from the field and we had 20 assists. That’s gonna play. A lot.”
KenPom now has UConn beating Georgetown 86-60.— HoyaMentality (@HoyaMentality) December 18, 2022
That’s 26 points.
It’s hard to put into words how badly the once-mighty Georgetown men’s basketball program has fallen... For the second straight season, a mass exodus of transfers left the program — most recently last season’s top scorer, Dante Harris, who just announced that he’s transferring to Virginia.
Thanks to some talented incoming transfers, Georgetown appears slightly better than last season, when it went 6-25 overall. The Hoyas are 5-7, with a overtime win against South Carolina as a “highlight.” They’ve also lost to American, been blitzed by Syracuse and fell to Xavier 102-89 in their conference opener on Friday.
The most intriguing aspect of Tuesday’s game will be the homecoming of a pair of Hoya players. Akok Akok emerged as one of the more beloved figures in recent Husky history, his enthusiasm, mega-watt smile and productive play instantly making him a fan favorite before a torn Achilles in February, 2020 through a monkey wrench in his career as a sophomore.
[I]t can be argued that UConn will be the best team that the Bulldogs have faced so far this season. UConn is averaging 85 points per game, shooting 49.5% from the field and 37.6% from three. Their leading scorers are junior Adama Sanogo and sophomore Jordan Hawkins who average 18.3 and 14.4 points per game, respectively.
The Huskies have nine players that average at least 15 minutes per game. They also have plenty of size on the roster and have the ability to bring even more talent off the bench in order to keep opposing defenses off balance. One key player the Dawgs will have to contend with off the bench is first-year Donovan Clingan. Clingan averages 15 minutes per game and is the Huskies’ third-leading scorer at 10.5 points per game and their leading rebounder at 6.9 rebounds per game. The 7-footer could pose problems when he enters the game for what figures to be an undersized Butler bench. The Bulldogs will need to be dialed in on defense and it will take a committee of Dawgs to get enough stops to be able to hang in the game.
UConn hosts Georgetown tomorrow night at 6:30pm on FS1. @UConnMBB is looking to start the season with 13 straight double digit wins (wow!) which would tie a BigEast all time record... get the predictions in below.— Team of the Century (@HuskyCentury) December 19, 2022
College basketball can be a winding, unpredictable ride steered by circumstance as much as by players themselves. Spears always wanted to play in the Big East, and he finally is. He once figured he’d play at UConn, the team he grew up rooting for.
“I’m a heavy Kemba Walker fan, so going into high school it was a dream for me,” he said. “But it all worked out and Georgetown is a great school. Me being able to come back and play against them, I feel is even better.”
Tuesday’s game should be electric... Spears, 21, of Windsor, is one of the most uniquely gifted athletes in recent Connecticut high school sports history, an elite basketball player who also shined so brightly during his one season in football that he was recruited to play cornerback by several Power Five programs...
“I think we’ve gotten our growing pains out,” Spears said. “Our core eight is all new guys coming from new systems. So I knew it would be a struggle, having only four or five months, getting used to each other, used to a system, used to coaches. Everyone is learning defensive principles and offensive principles. But you see the potential. Having it for the longevity is the test for us.”
Now that every nonconference game has been played, we can close the book on a pretty terrible collective performance from the Big East.— Paint Touches (@PaintTouches) December 19, 2022
Only UConn, #mubb and Butler have improved from their Massey preseason projections.
Georgetown made us expand the Y-Axis. Again. pic.twitter.com/BFH7O2QZHF