Huskies blow late 9-point lead; lose at home to Louisville, 79-78, in double overtime

UConn really let this one get away today, finally losing to Louisville 79-78.

For me, the turning point of the game was at approximately the 7 minute mark of the period.  The Huskies had a 9 point lead and the ball, and Roscoe Smith took (and missed) a 3-pointer.  One three-point play later, and Louisville was back in the game, trailing only by 6.

With 38 seconds to go in the first overtime, UConn took a 4 point lead.  But they gave up a 3-point to Louisville at the 25 second mark, then Shabazz Napier left the door open by missing 1 of 2 free throws, and Louisville tied it on a Peyton Siva layup.

In the second overtime, UConn fell behind quickly by 6 points, after consecutive 3-pointers by Louisville.  The Huskies battled back, but could never quite get over the hump.

Three stats stand out for me:

  • The Huskies were 8-30 from beyond the arc.  The Huskies are not a great 3-point shooting team — why are they taking 30 shots?
  • Kemba Walker was 2-10 from beyond the arc.  Walker carried the Huskies on his back through the first half of the season.  Lately, he seems to be channeling his inner Jerome Dyson, taking and missing way too many shots, and shooting the Huskies out of games.
  • Uncharacteristically, the Huskies were only 12-19 (63.2%)  from the line tonight.  Shabazz Napier in particular was brutal at the line, hitting 2-6, including 3 misses in the first and second overtimes.

This was one the Huskies should have one.


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