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Saturday, January 09, 2016

UConn/South Florida set to square off again

As if UConn winning its 50th straight game and 45th in a row against American Athletic Conference opponents isn't enough of an indication of the Huskies' dominance, the ESPN2 broadcast kept hammering how the competitiveness of the UConn/South Florida rivalry.

For those scoring at home, the teams have met five times as AAC rivals and the average margin of victory is 26.4 points per game. Of course, when you compare it to a 44.3 average winning margin in the other 40 AAC games (counting the conference tournament) it is no wonder that the series is viewed the way it is.

The reality is that USF is a team that does go right after the Huskies. During UConn's current 50-game winning streak, just five games have been decided by fewer than 20 points. Notre Dame is responsible for two of them, losing by 18, 10 and 10 points, Maryland lost by 10 points earlier this season and the other one was UConn's 84-70 win in the 2015 AAC tournament final.

At the conference media day I asked USF star guard Courtney Williams about the Bulls' approach to playing UConn.

"No matter what name is on the jersey, we are going to go out and play hard against any team," said Williams, who has scored more than 20 points three times against UConn."

Both Williams and South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said the expectations are rather high for USF this season.

"I think personally I think we can go all the way, if I don't think that why would I be on this team?" Williams said.

"There should be high expectations for this team, we are 3 1/2 minutes away from the Sweet 16 and they had all summer to think about that," Fernandez said.

"For us to take that next step is getting to the second weekend (in the NCAA tournament). When they were freshmen, we beat Texas Tech in the first round and then Cal beats us in the second round and Cal goes to the Final Four. We are on the bubble their sophomore year, Louisville beats us in the conference semis at the buzzer and we don't get in. Last year we knew we were in. This year the expectations are high, we are not going to sneak up on anybody. I don't think we did that last year."

Crystal Dangerfield had 30 points, her third 30-point performance of the season, as her Blackman High team defeated rival Oakland 60-59 on Friday night.

The game was a rematch of last year's state title game also won by Blackman, this time in overtime. The win was the seventh straight against Tennessee opponents and dating back to the start of Dangerfield's sophomore season, the Lady Blaze are 58-0 against in-state competition. The last loss for Blackman to a Tennessee squad  came when Dangerfield was a freshman and lost five games (four to city rival Riverdale) against fellow Tennessee schools. Unofficially Dangerfield has 1,853 career points.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim -

Based on comments on the Boneyard, I am not the only one confused why UConn-USF does not show up on some cable or DirecTV guides. presently shows the game on ESPN2. DirecTV in Dallas does not show any WCBB game at 5:00 eastern.

Do you know if this ESPN is screwing the country with regional coverage? Thanks.

9:42 PM 

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