Did you miss the UConn men’s basketball team play last night? Did you hear they lost to someone, but you have no idea who that was? It happened so fast, and with so many teams in the tournament right now it can be hard to keep track. Thankfully, there is a website devoted to tracking all of these things. Fortunately for you, we at The PerformanceEND believe in sharing our knowledge with others. So here we go: Who Did UConn Lose To? The Huskies fell to Marshall University on Thursday night in Charlotte. Marshall won 69-67 thanks to a buzzer-beating three from guard Tavious^L
Final UConn Loss Stats
First, let’s take a look at the final UConn loss stats. The Huskies entered the tournament with a 27-8 record, including an 11-7 record in the Big East. UConn’s strength of schedule was ranked No 18 in the country, and they ended the season with an RPI of 30. While that puts them on the right side of the bubble, it doesn’t suggest a team that can make a run to the Final Four. Coming into the tournament, UConn was projected to finish as a 7 seed. And while that would mean a bye on the first day, the Huskies would then face a tough match-up against an opponent that may be more battle-tested than they are.
Marshall University Final Stats
Now, let’s take a look at the final statistics for Marshall University. The Thundering Herd came into the tournament with an overall record of 20-14 and a solid 12-6 conference mark. Marshall’s strength of schedule ranked 47th in the country, with their RPI checking in at 41. The Herd was projected to finish as a 9 seed, and most experts agreed they could make some noise in the tournament.
If you’ve read anything about the UConn vs. Marshall game, you’ve probably seen this play. It was a shot that will live in infamy, and it is the one play that will be talked about in the years to come when people talk about this game. Marshall jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, and they shot the ball well over the first few minutes. But as the game progressed, it was clear that UConn was not playing their game. They didn’t even look like the team that had won 27 games this season. From the field to the free throw line, to the boards, the Huskies looked like a team that had just given up. They were outplayed from tip to finish, and the Herd was the better team. It was a devastating loss for UConn and one that will be talked about for many years.
While the loss was devastating for UConn fans, Marshall is now in Did UConn Lose. The Herd has never been to a Sweet 16 before, and this is a program that has been to the NCAA Tournament just 13 times. This is a team that is not only playing their best basketball, but they are also playing with house money. Any team can win the NCAA Tournament, and this year the Herd are one of those teams. They have talent, they have experience, and they have a coach that knows how to get the most out of his team. UConn may have lost, but they will get another shot at the NCAA Tournament next year. That’s something that can’t be said for Marshall, as this may be the only year the Herd is ever this good.