Connecticut Huskies stun No. 1 Florida Gators

Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Niels Giffey (5) dunks the ball against the Florida Gators during...

Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Niels Giffey (5) dunks the ball against the Florida Gators during their Final Four game ship tournament at AT&T Stadium. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

Riding high off of 30-straight wins and up 16-4 early, No. 1 overall seed Florida’s confidence was through the roof of the cavernous AT&T Stadium.

But if any team knows about Connecticut’s resilience, it’s these Gators, who fell at the buzzer to the Huskies back on Dec. 2 before embarking on the impressive streak. The run came to an end on Saturday in North Texas with a UConn 63-53 win and as a result, the Huskies are heading back to the title game, just a year after being barred from the tournament entirely.

DeAndre Daniels led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Shabazz Napier added 12 points and six assists for the Huskies. Patric Young scored 19 against UConn’s undersized front line.

Florida went 36-1 against other opponents this season, but 0-2 against Kevin Ollie’s group.

Ollie, a former journeyman NBA guard, preaches defence and his team responded again.


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