The No. 1 UConn Huskies marked the return of big man Donovan Clingan with a 62-48 victory over the No. 18 Creighton Blue Jays at Gampel Pavilion. As the Huskies look to head back to the top spot in the Big East after their loss to Seton Hall, they had a tough challenge against Ryan Kalkbrenner and the Blue Jays. But this Huskies team was up for the challenge and then some, storming the Blue Jays out of Gampel in dominant fashion.
This game also marked the return of Donovan Clingan, who was previously out after an injury during their sole loss to Seton Hall. His defensive presence was felt, and that is clear given the fact this was a game where Creighton only scored 48 points all night. UConn's perimeter defense stood out though, they held the Blue Jays to just six makes from behind the arc as they finished making 23.1 percent of their threes.
UConn played like the best team in the nation and also played a great brand of slow, physical, Big East Basketball. You rarely see score lines like this in modern basketball, even on the college level, but in this conference, you see these games a bit more often. The Huskies have a team built for these types of environments, especially when the big man is back in town. This was a great continuation of UConn's success this season, and with play like this, they have a great chance to repeat as National Champions this season.