Lots of points from lots of players Thursday.
UConn scored 101 and got six players into double-figures, a rare achievement in college hoops. Niels Giffey was his usual Jesus Shuttleworth self, Omar Calhoun quietly led the Huskies with 17, Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright both flirted with triple-doubles, Amida Brimah swatted four shots in 14 minutes and Tyler Olander hit another 3-pointer.
This one wasn’t exactly with the game on-the-line.
Some notes/quotes from UConn’s 101-55 win over Detroit:
*We’ll learn more about this UConn team when it faces Florida (and some in-conference tests), but it’s clear that the Huskies can really, really score. They look like one of the best offensive teams in the country.
*DeAndre Daniels scored his first basket with 18:13 remaining in the second half and had 11 points by the 12:28 mark. Not bad. Tyler Olander didn’t even enter the game until 10:09 remained, but still scored 10 points. He was one of six Huskies in double-figures.
“We’re lethal when we can get everybody running,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie.
*Walk-on Tor Watts scored his first career basket. Pat Lenehan, who torched Concordia in an exhibition, now trails Watts 2-0.
*There wasn’t much to say after this one. Detroit coach Ray McCallum pretty much summed it up.
“We faced one of the best backcourts in the country,” McCallum said. “And they came ready to play.”
“What you’re seeing with them is a balanced team with great guard play, with length and with 3-point shooting,” he added. “(Omar) Calhoun making those first couple of threes, and we knew Giffey was going to come in and shoot the ball.”
Giffey is an inexplicable 11-for-13 from deep this season. He also has yet to record a single point in the second half of a game. Very bizarre.