To be frank, tonight's win over Pittsburgh was ugly. Had the Huskies been facing a top-10 team, they would have lost.
What happened in that second half? UConn just took the game for granted and decided t go into cruise control. It's March, and you simply can't do that. The way Louisville is playing -- back-to-back wins against ranked teams for the first time ever -- they are on a high and are not just ready for UConn, but WANTS UConn.
Does anyone remember how the Cardinals' star, Angel McCoughtry, had her tournament end last year? She fouled out and was heckled by the Huskies' fans.
"I know a lot of people are probably going to underestimate us tomorrow," she said. "That's fine. We're going to give it what we've got. ... We're not going to back down from UConn. I think a lot of teams are afraid of just the name. We're not going to back down."
Also keep in mind that when UConn went to Louisville in January, the Cardinals played them tight for 20 minutes and the talent of the Huskies eventually took over. UConn also still had Mel Thomas.
So if you are UConn, you just played a bad half that a good team would have pounced upon and next up is a team that wants to play you. That's not a great mix.
UConn has played a few games where it came out taking a win for granted. Its lucky to have this wealth of talent because it covers up so many mistakes and flaws. This being said, do I think the Huskies will turn around and play anything close to what happened in the second half tonight? Not at all. They know what they did and they know how to correct those issues. To that extent, the Huskies aren't worried.
But if UConn rests on Louisville, we'll see the Huskies coming away empty handed in the conference finals once again.