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“I did not see this one coming,” Pastner said. “We had a great week of practice. Guys were ready to play. They were fired up. I just did not see this coming.

“I felt the first half — the majority of the game, but especially the first half — we played not to lose, instead of playing to win. And when you play not to lose, against a really good team, you end up losing.”

UConn led by as much as 25, and it would have been worse if the Huskies hadn’t cooled off in the second half. Memphis never threatened to trim the lead as the Tigers went nearly 10 minutes between buckets before a 3-pointer by Nick King with 4:20 left.

“We just played timid,” Pastner said. “Just one of those things.”