Things really felt like normal again for the Huskies, who remain dominant at Madison Square Garden in the postseason. UConn improved to 10-1 over their last 11 postseason games at The World’s Most Famous Arena. That includes their 2011 Big East Tourney run, as well as their two wins in the 2014 NCAA Tournament’s East Regional Semifinal and Final.
UConn trailed only temporarily in this one. The Huskies didn’t seize the lead until the 17:16 mark. DePaul would tie the game a minute later, but that would be the last time they’d be in that spot all game. The Huskies floored it the rest of the way, and never relented on their grip of the game.
Adama Sanogo, R.J. Cole, and Tyrese Martin each had 14 points in the victory. James Bouknight added 10 himself, giving UConn four double-figure scorers. Tyler Polley fell just shy with nine, and every player who saw the floor in the game scored at least two points. Martin led with 10 rebounds, giving him a double-double performance. Cole and Bouknight combined for 13 of the 20 assists dished out by the Huskies in the blowout W.
Javon Freeman-Liberty and Ray Salnave got into double figures, as the DePaul duo led with 19 and 10 points respectively. Charlie Moore had eight points, Kobe Elvis had seven and no other player was able to amount more than four.
UConn will face off with Creighton in a fascinating Big East Tournament semifinal game Friday night. If they win, they will match up with either Georgetown or Seton Hall.