Halftime Stats and Observations

By David Scott - February 05, 2007

STORRS, Conn. - Before heading into the locker room (with a one point lead), Jim Calhoun said a few brief (hoarse) words, thanking everyone for the honor of joining the Ring of Honor.

Before heading in for his halftime lambaste, he said, "We're going to play better in the seocnd half."

Truth is, the Huskies haven't played all that poorly. Both teams shot just 34 percent form the field (11of 32 for SU and 9 of 26 of UConn), UConn held a slim 21-20 rebounding edge and hit 4 of 10 from 3-point land (Syracuse mad ejust 1 of 9 form tbeyond the arc).

. . . AJ Price was 4 of 7 form the field (2 of 3 from 3-point land) for his 10 points.

. . . Syracuse scored 10 points off seven UConn turnovers, the Huskies managed five off of five turns (three by Demetrius Nichols). The UConn bench outscore dthe Syracuse reserves 14-7, while SU had a 12-4 edge on points in the paint.

The game was tied four time and there were six lead changes. Syracuse's largest lead was 7 (with 9:08 left int he half) and UConn's was 2.

. . . As was just pointed out to us - the teams combined for a total of six assists in the first half (two for SU).

. . .Some more highlights form The Burt: A TredSled in the cardio/aerobic area of the weight room (upstairs from the weights) - the contraption is a combination treadmill and a tackling dummy. In the training room there were several of the SwimEx pools used for rehab - another combo treadmill device, where resistance and water pressure aid in recovery.

Meeting rooms were vast and modern, the ceiling og the practice facility is 95 feet high and allows for indoor special teams practice (not aloways the case in pratice spaces) and the locker room was luxurious with 110 lockers for players (coaches have a separate space and their shower area includes a sauna).

You start to understand why the two men who don;t agree on anything - Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma - both see a need for a basketball practice facility so that they aren't forced to share floor time, as is the case now. We onder why basketball's needs weren't figured into the footbal equation, but we're guessing it something to do with a separation of church and state. We're also guessing that a practice facility for hoops will be coming soon.

UConn football is a relative newbie in I-A football, but The Burt puts them in a league of their own

Posted by David Scott at 07:52 PM on February 05, 2007

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