3:00 PM ET, March 19, 2009
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Blaney takes reins as Connecticut cruises by Chattanooga in 1st round
PHILADELPHIA -- His postgame speech to Connecticut was over a speaker phone instead of in a locker room, though the message was still clear.Coach Jim Calhoun, hospitalized earlier in the day, wanted the Huskies to know he was proud of how they went out and dominated in the third-largest victory in the NCAA tournament.
A Bad Sign?
With Thursday's demolition of Chattanooga, UConn recorded the second-largest margin of victory in an opening-round game by a one seed since 1985, when the tournament expanded to 64 teams. Unfortunately, the other teams on the list all failed to reach the Final 4. Here's a look:
|'98 Kansas||Prairie View||58|
|'95 Kentucky||Mt. St. Mary's||46|
UConn Fights ThroughWhen UConn learned that coach Jim Calhoun wouldn't make its game against Chattanooga, the Huskies did what they knew their could would want them to do -- they played their tails off.
• Connecticut earned its first tournament win since defeating Washington in the 2006 Sweet 16 as the Huskies tied a school record for most points scored in a postseason game.
• The 56-point win for Connecticut was the third-largest margin of victory in an NCAA tournament game and the second-largest margin of victory by a No. 1 seed in the first round of the dance.
• Connecticut will face Texas A&M in the second round.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||17-66 (.258)||37-71 (.521)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-25 (.200)||6-24 (.250)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-10 (.800)||23-39 (.590)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||27 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
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