Potential lottery pick, Bouknight returns to Huskies as UCONN makes final push for March Madness
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The University of Connecticut Huskies took on the Providence Friars last night at Gampel Pavilion, and dominated in both halves as they went on to win by a final score of 73 - 61.
The Huskies welcomed back their star guard, James Bouknight who came off of the bench but still led the team by scoring 18 points. The sophomore from New York missed UCONN’s past eight games due to an elbow injury in which required surgery. With Bouknight sidelined the past eight games, the Huskies struggled as the team had just a mere 4 - 4 record, and dropped from being ranked as an AP Top 25 Team, to being unranked.
Although Bouknight did not get the start for the Huskies in his first game back since he sustained his injury against Marquette, the projected first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, made his presence known immediately as he scored 12 points in his first 12 minutes of game action once he checked into the game.
The Huskies who are now on a two game win streak, are currently sitting in the middle of the pack in the Big East with an overall record of 10-5. With just five games remaining in the regular season before the Big East Tournament tips off, the Huskies are going to have to claw their way back to make a case for the team to make the March Madness Tournament for the first time since 2016.
Out of the five games remaining in the season, the Huskies have favorable matchups including two games against Georgetown (4-7), and one game against Marquette (5-10). However, the Huskies also have huge matchups approaching that will certainly have playoff implications including taking on the Villanova Wildcats, and the Seton Hall Pirates. The Wildcats are currently in first place in the Big East and are ranked as the #10 team in the AP Top 25, and the Pirates are not sitting too far behind as they are in third place in the Big East.
These remaining games are not going to be an easy task for the Huskies, but if they can pull off an upset against either Villanova or Seton Hall, they will no doubt be riding high heading into the Big East Tournament and could potentially have a spot at the big dance this March.