“When we’re playing as a unit, our talent can take us to levels that can win a Pac-12 championship and we know that,” Peterson told the Orange County Register after a Saturday night win over Montana.
Hopes are high for Connecticut this year, too, as the Huskies return to their natural habitat in the Big East after seven years in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies enter 2-0 after opening with home wins over Central Connecticut State and Hartford.
Not that UConn coach Dan Hurley is waving rose petals at his team. Much like his dad, Bob, a legendary high school coach for nearly four decades in New Jersey, Dan doesn’t brook excuses or sloppy play. The win over Hartford featured the Huskies nearly blowing a 19-point lead and sending the visitors to the line 27 times.
“Dumb fouls. We just weren’t in a stance, we were just sloppy, immature,” Hurley said to the Hartford Courant. “It was just low level, low focus.”
James Bouknight (19.0 ppg, 6.0 rebounds) is UConn’s top scorer through two games. Rhode Island transfer Tyrese Martin made a nice impression in his Huskies debut against Hartford with six points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes.
–Field Level Media