Williams will test Kemba, UConn
The Huskies are on a great run, but Arizona's star could cause them problems
Jim Calhoun's team has won just three of its last eight games. ...
UConn's offense has collapsed, mustering just 0.94 points per possession during this 3-5 run.
It reads like an artifact from a distant and forgotten era. That was before Connecticut won five games in five days to take home the Big East tournament title. Now, after Thursday night's 74-67 win over the San Diego State Aztecs, the Huskies find themselves just 40 minutes away from their second Final Four in three years. Heading into their Elite Eight matchup against the Arizona Wildcats, February's struggles are indeed both distant and, rightly, forgotten.
Over the past eight games UConn has quite simply been better than any team they've come across. Since the tip-off of their first game in the Big East tournament, Connecticut has played 531 possessions of March basketball, and in that time it's scored 621 points. That works out to 1.17 points per possession. During the Big East regular season, on the other hand, Calhoun's team scored just 1.03 points per trip. Whatever he said in his pregame speech before that first game at Madison Square Garden, Calhoun should definitely keep saying it.
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