5. UConn Huskies – 9-1
The Huskies didn’t have long to recover from its loss to Kansas, as it had another top-10 opponent to face a few days later. They had North Carolina, a team that has shown it’s better than last season. It was a highly contested game where both teams ended up receiving technical fouls.
In the end, UConn had just enough to get the win, 87-76. Rutgers transfer Cam Spencer had a tremendous game, going for 23 pts, 7 rebs, and 6 asts. Forward Alex Karaban also filled up the stat sheet with 18 pts and 9 rebs, while guards Tristen Newton (14 pts) and Solomon Ball (13 pts) also had a good game.
UConn had a much easier time on Saturday, beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 101-63. It was a slow start but a big second half created the blowout final score. Karaban led all scorers with 26 pts on 6/9 shooting from deep, while Newton and Spencer combined for 30 pts and six made three-pointers.
The Huskies have just one game this upcoming week but it’s a big one, taking on Gonzaga in Seattle. It’s a long trek for the program but UConn is hoping to make it two straight years with a win over Coach Few’s squad after beating them in the Elite 8 last season.