Despite our hopes that Thursday's game for the Syracuse Orange would be as cakewalk-y as possible, the DePaul Blue Demons could not pull the upset on Tuesday. Instead, they got throttled 81-67 by the Connecticut Huskies (via SBNation).
Jeremy Lamb scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, as the Huskies carried a 46-33 advantage into the break. That lead ballooned to as many as 22 before DePaul got hot from the outside and chipped away to make the final margin respectable.
The freshmen duo of Ryan Boatwright and Andre Drummond combined for 31 additional points for UConn, which shot 52.5 percent from the field and 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from three. Cleveland Melvin and Moses Morgan led DePaul in scoring with 19 points apiece.
The 9-seed Huskies move on to play 8-seed West Virginia Mountaineers Wednesday at noon. The winner moves on to play Syracuse at the same time on Thursday. WVU has a lot to overcome despite the bigger seed. UConn won the first meeting and, if we're keeping tabs, they've won six BET games in a row.
So, now that we know who will play for the right to play us, who would you rather see? The Mountaineers, whom we dispatched 63-61 back in January. Or the Huskies, whom we'll be playing for the third time having beaten them twice already this year?