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The UConn Huskies three-pointeed the No. 6 Syracuse Orange to death on Wednesday night, winning 66-58 in the final regular-season Big East contest between the two.
We spend a lot of time trying to find the meaning in things like available players in a rotation, whether or not a team has depth and how balanced a roster is. And at the end of the day, if you just shoot the lights out, it's all just a lot of useless noise. The Connecticut Huskies showed the Syracuse Orange that Wednesday night, upsetting SU 66-58 in the rivalries' final Big East meeting.
From the 10-minute mark to the six-minute mark of the second half, Connecticut made 4-of-5 attempts from the beyond the arc and closed out a historic rivalry with a 66-58 win over No. 6 Syracuse. The Huskies shot 57.1 percent from 3-point range and stunned the Orange with a seven-man rotation featuring only two interior players.
The Orange got decent scoring performances Michael Carter-Williams (15 points) and James Southerland (14 points) but Brandon Triche pulled a no-show, going 3-for-12 on the evening. Imagine how much worse things could have been had Southie not been eligible.
Triche and MCW also combined for seven turnovers (SU had 10 total). Not helping matters was the fact Syracuse, somehow, got out-rebounded 35-34.
The Orange are in the midst of "one of those Big East seasons." Since they're not the dominant force they were last year, this team continues to be vulnerable on the road against motivated teams that want to take the ACC-bound Orange down a peg. The Huskies had nothing to lose going into the game, maybe that's a mantra these Orange can take out of this one.
When we next meet in 2018 when UConn is invited to join the ACC, we'll be ready for our revenge.