And then there were three (straight losses)

The Huskies are limping (literally, in some cases) to a plane right now.

UConn is trying to get out of Tampa following its 65-51 loss to USF Wednesday night. It was easily the Huskies’ worst loss of the year _ not quite in margin (Louisville) but in overall performance.

UConn scored a season-low in points and has lost three straight games for the first time this season.

No Shabazz Napier (foot), no Niels Giffey (finger). Omar Calhoun (wrist) was clearly out of sync and Tyler Olander (left foot) went down with an injury that may or may not keep him out of the finale.

I have to get out of here myself, but here are some reactions from the players and coach:

— THERE WAS AT least one bright spot for the Huskies as DeAndre Daniels continued his strong play with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

But Daniels admitted he would have taken a ‘W’ over any numbers.

“We just broke down mentally, stopped playing defense, stopped talking,” Daniels said. “We weren’t together. That’s when we need our captain Shabazz, and he brings us together. But we weren’t together. We just let it go, gave it up.”

— A 25-6 RUN by the home team put the game away in the second half.

UConn couldn’t play very good defense and couldn’t hit a shot, other than Daniels.

“I had a horrible shooting night. Omar had a terrible shooting night. Tyler didn’t score much. We just didn’t come to play,” Ryan Boatright said.

— CALHOUN WAS A John Starks-like 1-for-14 from the floor.

“I was trying to push myself and trying to get something out of myself but I couldn’t get anything going,” Calhoun said.

When asked if he would play on Saturday against Providence in the Huskies’ final game, Calhoun wasn’t sure.

“We’ll see what happens,” Calhoun said. “I’ll work on it and see if I can give it a go. Right now I don’t know.”

— IT WAS SORT of out of necessity but Brendan Allen played some key minutes. And newly minuted walk-on Javon Williams (a forward from East Hartford) got in the game in the final minute.

— OVER THEIR LAST two games, UConn is 5-for-38 from 3-point range.



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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