Why UConn won: UConn’s guard tandem of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright applied tremendous pressure, limiting Florida’s starting guard duo of Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier to just 3 of 12 field goals and only seven points. After a sluggish start, the Huskies were patient offensively and wound up shooting 55.8 percent from the floor.
Key player: UConn forward DeAndre Daniels led all scorers with 20 points and all rebounders with 10. He also was 9 of 14 from the field, including 2 of 5 from 3-point territory. Whenever Florida would make a run in the second half, Daniels was there to get the Huskies back on track.
Key stat: Florida dominated early, leading 16-4 with under nine minutes remaining in the first half. But the Huskies caught fire and went on a 27-6 run bridging the first and second halves for a 31-22 lead.
“Everybody was at a level five, and that was the most important thing. Whomever I had out in the game, it was positive and they were productive. I told you they are fighters. So, when we get down, we keep fighting and keep believing in each other.” — UConn coach Kevin Ollie