It will not be easy for the 28-6 Cougars to upset the undefeated Huskies at the NCAA Sweet 16. Coming into the game as a No. 12 seed BYU is a heavy underdog.
UConn, on the other hand, has few weaknesses, a slew of McDonald’s high school All-Americans on its roster and a 36-0 record going into Saturday’s tilt in Lincoln, Neb.
If it sounds like a mismatch, that’s because it is -- of epic proportions. Even a local CBS affiliate in Connecticut says the task before BYU is “monumental” -- considering the Huskies average margin of victory is 36 points.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said he isn’t taking BYU lightly at all going into the game. The Cougars are well balanced with four scorers averaging double figures -- and a 6-7 center in Jennifer Hamson that is a load down low.
“Yeah, I have watched a bunch of their tape since the other day and yeah—there are a couple
of teams in this region that remind me of teams that I have seen back East in the past 35 years
or so,” Auriemma said in a press conference Thursday. “Guys can handle the ball, pass it, shoot it, they spread the ball around and they are not built around one player. There isn’t one focal point where you can take it away and beat them. They are not going to be an easy team to play, let’s put it that way.”
The Cougars arrived in Lincoln Thursday night amid cold and windy conditions, ready to get down to business against the No. 1 team in the land.