Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Connecticut cruises past Memphis for AAC title

ORLANDO — The UConn Huskies are back in the NCAA Tournament and confident they have what it takes to make another strong run.

"I think our style travels very, very well because we play defense," coach Kevin Ollie said after Sunday's 72-58 victory over Memphis in the American Athletic Conference title game gave his team the league's automatic NCAA berth.

"You play defense, and that allows us to win championships, and that's what we hang our hats on," Ollie added. "No matter where we're at, we're going to play defense, we're going to give our offense an opportunity to step up."

Up next is a trip to Des Moines, Iowa, as the No. 9 seed in the South Region, where the Huskies (24-10) will face eighth-seeded Colorado.

UConn won its fourth national championship two years ago but wasn't eligible to make the NCAA field in 2015.

"It's been a long time, it feels like," senior Omar Calhoun said. "Last year was disappointing, but we knew when we started the season, we were going to work extremely hard to get back to the top."

Shonn Miller and Sterling Gibbs scored 13 each and Daniel Hamilton had a double double for the third straight day for the Huskies, who needed Jalen Adams' 65-foot, buzzer-beating shot to force a fourth overtime in the quarterfinals against Cincinnati.

"It's definitely a wonderful shot, but we had to be in that situation to get that shot," Ollie said.

Connecticut cruises past Memphis for AAC title 03/13/16 [Last modified: Sunday, March 13, 2016 8:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot

    Blogs

    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

  2. Rays morning after: Are cold bats a sign of things to come?

    Blogs

    How does an offense that has ranked among the most productive in the league for seven weeks go so cold?

  3. Calvary Christian takes strong lineup, defense to state baseball tournament

    Baseballpreps

    CLEARWATER — No matter what happens in Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Delray Beach American Heritage, Calvary Christian has already had a historic season. The unbeaten Warriors have won 28 games and qualified for the school's first state baseball tournament.

    The addition of Nolan Hudi to the rotation made a difference, said Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen. “It was huge.”
  4. Former Buc Mike Glennon says right things about Bears QB situation

    Bucs

    Mike Glennon's go-to line about being recognized around town since becoming a Bear worked as well as ever, producing laughs.

    Quarterback Mike Glennon, shown last season with the Bucs before signing in the offseason with the Bears, is showing good humor about a looming competition in Chicago. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]