2. Second chance points were massive
With the return of your big man, it makes it much easier to put in a great performance on the rebounding side of things. In terms of the overall rebound battle, the Huskies won that 48-32, and on offensive rebounds there was a 21-6 advantage in favor of UConn. Doing this against Creighton with how well they can rebound with Kalkbrenner is a wild stat, and shows just how good this team is compared to the rest of the Big East.
This did also feel like an off night for Creighton overall, so this team got the perfect storm of playing well and catching your opponent on the right day. UConn also came through with 15 points off turnovers while Creighton only had four. They protected the basketball, created more opportunities for themselves, and just played an overall clean game.
All of this led to a dominant offensive performance that led to 19 of their points. coming off second-chance opportunities. Coach Dan Hurley will take this type of outing every time, as it leads to not much left to be desired when your team hustles and outworks the opponents and sends the fans home happy.
Given that this was also supposed to be one of the tougher games they still have left on the Big East slate, this was a great sign of things to come for a team looking to hold on to that No. 1 spot for as long as possible.