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UCONN came out with unusual Chemistry and Consistent effort in the 1st half vs USF in this AAC Tourney opener. It was marked by amazing streaks of offense by TS, (7 pts), then JA 3x3 pointers, and 4 treys from Vital.
Total 9 treys in 1st half for AAC Tourney record. Two quick fouls on JC relegated him to the bench for the last 14 minutes of the half. Whaley contributed 6 pts and led us with 4 boards. Game was played before only family & a few friends. USF's plan to lay off the 3 point defense led to our amazing 3 point offense. We seemed to work together in the first half with few awkward moments
and plenty of energy defensively and surprisingly 9 assists on 14 made field goals! Middle of 1st half had us on remarkable 30-8 run.
2nd half had more of the same UCONN energy and teamwork combined with near unconscious shooting. Adams return has seemed to lift us into an unusual state of unselfishness these last 2 games. When he went out with his 4th foul we didn't wilt. We continued our movement on the offensive end which got us open for makeable shots.
With 4:06 Adams got his 5th and we were still up 70-55. We lost our focus a bit in the last 3 minutes as USF cut it to 7 at 70-63 with 1:51 left. Smith went to the line on a drive and got one of two for 71-63. Nailbiting continued as TS missed two more free throws. It was 71-65 with a minute to go.
A Wilson lay-in got us back up by 8 with 42 seconds. An enthused USF hit a 3 to cut it back to 73-68. Fortunately Vital hit 2 big free throws to get us back up 7 points at 75-68.
Wilson hit 2 BIG ONES from the line to get us back up 8 with ~ 24 seconds 77-69.
Adams fouling out left us with 4 minutes of
poor ball security and questionable decision making. Fortunately we held on for an 80-73 victory. Perhaps not a full "carpet" but at least a "welcome mat" magical ride by our Huskies since Jalen's return.
 

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-I have no idea why USF didn't foul Smith every time he touched the ball in the last 2 minutes.

- I know it's tough to ref a game when USF plays. Literally every shot they shoot they could be called for over the back. Get the defensive rebound? Refs could call reach ins on USF guards. That being said, they made some atrocious calls. The fifth foul on Adams came after Vital was pushed to the ground and then the USF player ran in to Adams' back as Adams was literally running away from the play.

- Obviously nice to see Polley performing and showing he can play 5-10 mpg.

- UConn guards have to take the ball stronger to the rim to get foul calls. Vital had the one drive where he double clutched himself in to a jump ball.

- Real nice win. Happy overall.
 
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Carlton did enough, barely, on defense at the end to not be a total waste.
 
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It was a good win. Its always fun to win this time of year and it feels like its been a while since we have. We need a much bigger game from Carlton tomorrow to have a chance.
 
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When you consider what "might have been" this season, two large "what-if's" come out of this game:

What if Jalen had never been taken off the ball?

What if Whaley had gotten Cobb's minutes from the beginning?

We know why Jalen was taken off the ball, but Hurley's handling (mishandling?) of Whaley remains a relentless mystery.
 
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When you consider what "might have been" this season, two large "what-if's" come out of this game:

What if Jalen had never been taken off the ball?

What if Whaley had gotten Cobb's minutes from the beginning?

We know why Jalen was taken off the ball, but Hurley's handling (mishandling?) of Whaley remains a relentless mystery.
We would have won the National Championship Rose.
 
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What kind of foul fouled Jalen out? Was it a dumb gamble or did the refs screw him?
 
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Someone mentioned in the chat that Whaley should start tomorrow in place of Carlton. That's how good a game he had.
 

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I wouldn't mind if Whaley came in before Cobb tomorrow. Cobb has been on a downward trajectory for some time now.
 

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Wouldn't be the first time this scenario has played out in tournament play. Big thanks to Whaley for filling in for Carlton.
I've never been sure, other than strength, why everyone writes Whaley off as a contributor. He won't be a star, granted. But he plays hard, and smart. He has good leaping ability, good timing on blocks, and good hands. He can catch and dunk, run the floor both ways, and can even make some shots from FT line in. Hes our best offensive rebounder other than Vital.

Give him a chance and he can help.
 
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Whaley had a good game. Are we going to ignore that he fouled out in 11 minutes? And that part of the reason he doesn't see the floor or stay on it is because this is what regularly happens?
This. Look, he contributed today, and it says a lot about him as a young man that, given a chance after all that time riding the pine, he contributed. But he fouled out in 11 minutes. And the contribution he made was hardly the performance that Cobb gave us in November and December in the few games against big time opponents he looked good.

He may be the #2 Center tomorrow, and maybe he helps us more than Cobb would and changes how hurley views him for the next year. That would all be great. But let's not pretend that he did more than he did. Or that he was able to play enough without fouling to keep himself on the floor.
 
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