The UConn basketball team polished off DePaul again in the opening round of the Big East tournament, sort of like it did last season.
The Huskies won 81-67, making 53.4 percent of their shots and hitting an unlikely eight 3-pointers.
— That’s an actual winning streak for UConn, in case you missed it. Two games in a row.
The Huskies hadn’t won two in a row since Jan. 9 and 14.
— Calhoun was pretty emotional after the game when talking to the media.
“It’s been a different kind of season,” Calhoun said. “Through it all, somewhat by separation, I realize how much I care about these kids.”
“This is my job,” Calhoun added. “It’s also my love.”
Calhoun even made a point to thank “almost everybody in the media for the way you’ve treated us” in covering the story of his back surgery.
— Of course, Calhoun also had some fun, too, during his chat with the media.
He talked about having to walk with a cane when his was at its worst a few weeks ago and how that would be impossible during games.
“I couldn’t walk with a cane on the sidelines, because two of the officials might get hit,” Calhoun said.
— UConn has won 12 straight postseason games
— Calhoun won his 34th Big East tourney game, passing John Thompson and moving into second place on the league’s all time list behind only Jim Boeheim (46).
— UConn has won six straight games in the Big East tournament, the fourth-longest streak in league history. UConn holds that record already, winning nine straight from 1998-2000.
— This was only UConn’s fourth time scoring in the 80’s all season. One of the other ones came against DePaul, too.
— Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points and passed the 1,000-point mark in his career.
He’s the 46th player in UConn history to reach that number, but just the sixth to get there as a sophomore.
Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Ray Allen, Khalid El-Amin and Richard Hamilton also did it as sophomores.
It took Wes Bialosuknia only two seasons as well, though he did it as a sophomore and junior as freshmen weren’t allowed to play in his day.
— PF/C Alex Oriakhi picked up a technical foul in the first half, taking a swipe at DePaul guard Worrel Clahar after being fouled.
“I just got hit in my mouth and I reacted,” Oriakhi said. “It was a reaction. When anybody gets hit in the face, you just react. It was a dumb mistake on my part and I have to learn from it.
“I did learn from it in the second half,” Oriakhi added. “I got hit again and I just kept calm.”
— Andre Drummond missed all six of his free throws Tuesday, with many of them not even close. He’s now made only four of his last 26 attempts from the line.