Peace, Connecticut: Rutgers Upsets Huskies On Home Floor
One might think the return of Jim Calhoun would spark a resurgence in a #8 Connecticut Huskies squad filled with talent. Well, on Saturday, Rutgers made sure that did not happen with a 67-60 win at the Louis Brown Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. With this loss and a previous game loss to Seton Hall, it is the first time since 1969 that the Huskies have lost to both Jersey schools in the same season. Jim Calhoun, making his return to the sidelines after a NCAA mandated three game suspension, was clearly underwhelmed with his teams performance.
"We weren't very well-prepared to play basketball the last two games," Calhoun said. "I came back for two, three days and it hasn't made any difference. I am incredibly disappointed in how we're playing right now. We're not in sync right now."
The Huskies are now 2-2 in conference, marred by too many mistakes and a lot of inconsistency. Andre Drummond had a double-double in the Rutgers contest with 10 points and 12 rebounds, but also had 7 turnovers. Drummond had a monstrous dunk that highlighted his enormous potential and athleticism. At the same time, he saw two of his passes from the post fly into the stands, showing that he has not necessarily harnessed it.
This was not Rutgers first upset of a Top 25 squad at home, as the Scarlet Knights beat Florida as well. Talented freshman guards Eli Carter and Myles Mack lead the way for the Jersey school, while coach Mike Rice Jr. is trying to turn the program around. Rutgers claimed their first Big East win this season and will get a nice road contest against a Pitt squad yet to get a conference win on Wednesday.