There are blowouts and then there are blowouts, and UConn’s 43-point hammering of the South Florida Bulls on Wednesday was the epitome of the latter. All twelve players that appeared in the game for the Huskies were able to tally on the score sheet, and in the process, they were able to utterly cruise to an 83-40 victory.
Despite scoring 83 points of their own, the UConn defense was the biggest story here. South Florida was held to just 12-for-50 from the floor (24%!) and with 15 turnovers to go along with that wretched shooting, they virtually never had a chance. Using their athletic advantage and superior length, UConn was able to simply overwhelm the less-talented USF perimeter players, and at the rim, it was no-contest.
Offensively, there was no “standout” player for the Huskies, but they didn’t need one. No one played more than 23 minutes for UConn, and for guys like Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, it was a well-deserved second half of rest in route to this type of blowout. For good measure, the Huskies were able to assist on 24 of their 28 made field goals, and frankly, I could go on for 500 words about just how impressive this win was for UConn.
There is no banner to be hung for beating USF at home, but for the 24th-ranked Huskies, this was as impressive as it gets.