UConn didn't cruise into the Final Four the way it had cruised in the second half for most of the season. But Tuesday's win was emblematic of a team that took a few wrong turns to wind up where it wanted to go.
The third meeting of the season between UConn and Rutgers -- with a trip to the Final Four on the line -- will be determined by which team rebounds better and takes advantage of its second-chance opportunities.
Despite coming one point shy of its season low, No. 1 UConn put on an offensive clinic -- notching 19 assists on its 26 field goals -- Monday to rout fourth-ranked Rutgers 66-46 and win the Big East title.
After watching Rutgers break down UConn's offense to win the Big East crown Tuesday, it's obvious the Scarlet Knight have bought their coach's defense-first mentality -- and that UConn still has something to prove in big games.