If anyone is going to start a petition to have all home games played in Storrs, it’s Josh Carlton.
The one-time UConn defensive back and NFL Combine killer did not play in the New England Patriots’ 13-3 Super Bowl victory, but was a team member nonetheless. The pride of Grafton, Massachusetts was signed by the Pats for their stretch run, and while he racked up several inactives, he did dress and play in their AFC Championship win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Melinfonwu has had an inauspicious start to his career, but now is a champion with a ring. Always good for a former Husky.
“We feel great about the way the young guys are playing,” head coach Dan Hurley told the media ahead of Wednesday’s game. “We’re excited about the guys coming in, excited about the culture we’re putting together. But if this team really wants to compete for something in March, we’ve got to win some of these road games.”
The buzz of the sold-out crowd of 15,564 at the XL Center in Hartford was exciting. It’s been a while since the old Civic Center had seen its seats completely filled. No matter what UConn men’s basketball looks like, old Big East foe and 2016 national champions Villanova will bring people to the stands.