Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com on the UConn win over Xavier

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Norlander loves his Huskies.

Weekend's most cherished power win: UConn

UConn has been hampered by significant injuries all season long. Akok Akok is the team's best defender; he's played four games. Highly touted freshman Andre Jackson has missed seven. The biggest blow has been James Bouknight's absence since Jan. 5. The future NBA pick is UConn's most valuable player. Entering the weekend, UConn was 5-1 with him and 3-4 without him. He wasn't available for the roadie against 10-2 Xavier on Saturday, either.

Somewhat amazingly, that wound up not mattering as Dan Hurley's team won 80-72 and landed its second Quad 1 victory of the season. The 9-5 Huskies are still on the outside of the bracket and looking in as of now. But if Bouknight can return for next Saturday's game against Villanova (as I think he will), then UConn has a healthy shot at not just playing itself back into the NCAA Tournament convo but also becoming a dark horse to win the Big East Tournament title.


 

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