On a senior night where we sent off one of UCONN’s best, all time American 3-point leader Christian Vital, he showed off one last time for his home fans. The senior dropped 26 points en route to a 77-71 victory over No. 21 nationally ranked Houston. A UCONN team that has had its ups and downs especially in the American conference, this was a nice send off. A nice send off for the seniors, especially Gilbert and Vital, but also a nice send off to home-play in the American conference.
Senior Night Send Off
On senior night, Houston hosted No. 21 Houston to close to season. This included sending off seniors Altiruque Gilbert, Christian Vital and Temi Aiyegbusi. Our UCONN Huskies then proceeded to upset No. 21 ranked Houston at home in the last home game of the season. Christian Vital, UCONN’s 10th all time leading scorer proceeded to drop 26 points on 8 of 14 shooting. It was nice to see Christian Vital on the home court for one last time. It would be even nicer if he could lead this team to an NCAA tournament berth, but for that Huskies fans will have to keep dreaming and praying
What This Win Meant
With a win over Houston, this sets in stone UCONN as a No. 7 seed in the upcoming AAC tournament with a chance to get into the top 6 with a win over Tulane. The win, also gives the Huskies some nice momentum. UCONN finishes with a 14-3 home record and showed they could be a scary threat. I am not saying UCONN will steamroll through competition in the AAC tournament and get themselves a tournament berth. However I am saying no team should take these Huskies light as they will light you up if you do.
Off to Texas
Before the conference tournament starts next Thursday, UCONN will fly to Tulane before they are off to Texas. The AAC tournament should be an exciting one this year. Each top 7 seed in the conference has 14-15 wins at home, however when they go on the road or neutral sites things get shaky. Dickies Arena in Forth Worth, Texas will host this year’s tournament and it will host a good one. Each game is sure to be entertaining and as a Huskies fan we can only home they come through at top as a major surprise. Until then, UCONN has to focus on Tulane and gaining the ultimate momentum heading into the tournament.
UCONN has had many ups followed by many downs this season. Right now, they are rolling and winners of their last 4. They travel to Tulane this Sunday before getting ready to compete for all the marbles in the AAC. UCONN needs a miracle to run through this tournament and go dancing but we have seen crazier things from the Huskies. Trust in Dan Hurley and company!
Be sure to read my last UCONN article here and come back next week for my AAC tournament preview.
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