Those weren't subpar games for the Huskies' top two players. The didn't need Napier or Boatright on Wednesday night at all. A couple of guys off the street could have taken out USF. UConn hammered a listless USF team 83-40 jumping on the Bulls in the first four minutes and putting the game away 10 minutes in. DeAndre Daniels led the Huskies with 12 points. Freshman Kentan Facey was the only other play in double figures with 10 points.
How bad was it for USF (12-13, 3-9)?
Pet Lenehan, a walk-on, scored four points and hit a 3-pointer. And, some guy wearing No. 23 (Nmadi Amilo) who was promoted off the practice squad also had two points. Every single player on the Huskies' roster scored sans injured Omar Calhoun (concussion) and Tyler Olander (flu), who didn't play. It was an embarrassing performance for USF, which trailed 45-14 at the half and trailed by as many as 47 points.
UConn out-scored USF 30-16 in the paint, held USF to 24 percent shooting, and had a 26-6 edge off turnovers. Amida Brimah had nine points and Terrence Samuel and Phil Nolan added eight points for the Huskies.
UConn (19-5, 7-4) will have stiffer competition on Saturday when it osts No. 22 Memphis at the XL Center.