Following a three-week span in February that had Uconn faithful thinking about another Husky March run, hope is now a sparse commodity, as the Huskies dropped below .500 with a 67-47 loss to Cincinnati.
A raucous crowd filled Gampel on Sunday to salute and bid adieu to Seniors Amida Brimah, Kentan Facey, Rodney Purvis and walk-on Mike Noyes. Beyond the pomp, Uconn had an opportunity to secure a first-round AAC Conference Tournament bye with a win over the Bearcats. From the tip it was evident Uconn would have to play in the first round.
A physical Cincy squad flexed their defensive muscle and quickly established it would be a long day at the Office for the Huskies. A frustrated Kevin Ollie looked on helplessly as Uconn was unable to find any rhythm on the offensive side of the ball. The Huskies didn’t convert on their first seven possessions and were never in the game. Gary Clark led Cincy with 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Bearcats controlled the pace and momentum in a tidy 20 point victory. Purvis led an anemic Uconn offense with 15 points.
The loss drops Uconn to 6th place in the AAC, and importantly, gives Memphis the 5th and final bye for the AAC tournament. The Huskies will open tournament play on Thursday evening at the XL Center against the 1-17 Bulls of South Florida.
A full preview will be published Wednesday.