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NEW YORK -

If today was any indication, the Mountaineers will have their hands full when they take on Connecticut tomorrow afternoon here at Madison Square Garden in the second round of the Big East Tournament.

All-Big East First Team selection Jeremy Lamb led the way for the Huskies over DePaul, scoring 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting en route to an 81-67 opening round victory.  Freshmen standouts Ryan Boatright and All-Big East Rookie Team selection Andre Drummond chipped in 19 and 12 points, respectively.

The Huskies started the game 7-of-7 from three-point range, and afterwards Lamb talked about his team's ability to move the ball on offense.

"I think anything leaks on to the rest of the team," he explained.  "Whether it's you're playing good defense or bringing energy or hitting shots, the whole team is going to want to do that, and it brings the whole team up.  So today we really moved the ball, and we had a lot of open shots and we were able to hit some." 

Mountaineers fans are very familiar with the duo of Lamb and Drummond, as they combined for 45 points (70% of UCONN's points) on 18-of-28 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds in the Huskies only meeting with WVU this season back in early January.

Lamb has been the lone model of consistency for the Huskies this season.  During a time when they were missing their head coach on the floor for a variety of health reasons (Calhoun was back on the court today), Lamb's game never suffered. 

He finished the regular season as the fifth leading scorer in the conference, averaging 17.6 ppg. 

His athleticism and slashing ability enables him to take his defender off the dribble and create contact towards the hoop, which results in a lot of free throw opportunities for the sophomore.  He's efficient at the line, too, knocking down close to 83% of his attempts at the charity stripe.

Drummond has been a different story, but one that is quite common to freshmen.  His up and down season resulted in averages of 10 points per game and 8 rebounds, which is modest compared to the amount of hype he garnered in the preseason.

However, one game he didn't disappoint was against the Mountaineers.  He totaled one of his nine double-doubles that evening while scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shot attempts, many of which were dunks, and grabbed 11 rebounds.

If the Mountaineers want to avoid another repeat of early January, they need to find a way to limit Lamb or Drummond.  If both go off and score well above their averages again, it could be a long afternoon for Mountaineer fans in New York.

NOTE:  Connecticut now has 12 straight postseason wins, dating back to last year when the Huskies went on their five-day run in the Big East Tournament behind the play of electrifying guard Kemba Walker.  They carried that momentum into the NCAA Tournament winning six straight en route to their third-ever national championship. 

What was the game that kicked off that run last March?  You guessed it, DePaul.  Mountaineer fans everywhere are hoping they can end that streak tomorrow afternoon.

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