The Connecticut Huskies are the top dogs in the Bridgeport regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but the biggest star might be on the other side of the bracket. For more on the tournament, check out our 2013 NCAA tournament section. For a look at the full tournament bracket, visit SBNation.com.
Who? The Huskies of Connecticut. Seriously, stop calling them the Lady Huskies; that’s not how UConn rolls.
What? Unlike many of his counterparts across the NCAA, Jonathan is a Siberian husky, pure white instead of gray and white.
Where? Storrs, Connecticut, which is within the town of Mansfield.
When? March 23rd, in Storrs, Connecticut.
Why? Because Geno’s just too much fun not to take Dancing.
How? They were an at-large selection.
Surprise? Predicted to finish first in the conference, they finished in second, two games back of Notre Dame.
Record: 29-4 (14-2 Big East)
Good wins: At Stanford.
Bad losses: If you think either Baylor or Notre Dame can be considered a bad loss, get your head checked.
Who’s running this show? Geno Auriemma, since 1985. Kind of a smart-ass.
Extra, Extra! The Hartford Courant, The New Haven Register, The New London Day… in The Same River Twice John Walters described Connecticut as a state of many small, well-read towns- and there are very few other sports to write about in the Nutmeg State, especially in winter. There’s a reason they’re called the Herde.
Sharp-shooting sophomore guard Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leads the Huskies in scoring with 17.7 points on 50% from downtown, adding 6.4 rebounds. Senior guard Kelly Faris does a fair-sized bit of everything and anything that her team needs from her, while junior center Stefanie Dolson has established herself as a rock in the post.
In some ways, you always know what you’re going to get from UConn: stifling crushing defense (49.1 points allowed) and smart passing. But these Huskies have shown more of a tendency to get rattled if a team hangs tough with them. They’re excellent- but no longer invincible.