- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 1 Connecticut 68, No. 5 Louisville 51: The Huskies look pretty comfortable at No. 1.

Jeff Adrien scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Connecticut celebrated its return to the top of the polls for the first time in three years by dismantling the Cardinals in Louisville, Ky., on Monday night.

Hasheem Thabeet added 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as the Huskies (21-1, 10-1 Big East) rolled to their 10th straight victory. Jerome Dyson had 14 points, and A.J. Price had 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Huskies had surprisingly little trouble shutting down the red-hot Cardinals.

Terrence Williams led Louisville (17-4, 8-1) with a career-high 26 points but got little help.

UConn became the fourth No. 1 team in as many weeks earlier in the day but managed to avoid the pitfalls that sent Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Duke tumbling out of the top spot.

Louisville ended Pittsburgh’s run at No. 1 with a 69-63 upset Jan. 17. The Cardinals were hoping to become the first team since Georgia Tech in 1993 to beat two different No. 1s in the same season but simply couldn’t keep up with the Huskies.

UConn improved to 16-2 all time on the road as No. 1 behind the play of their two big men, who dominated the lane. The Huskies outscored the Cardinals 40-18 in the paint and held Louisville to 34 percent shooting.

The Cardinals had resurrected their season during a perfect January, reeling off nine straight wins - including four against ranked teams.

Yet with 30 pro scouts on hand to watch the two preseason favorites in possibly the nation’s toughest conference, the Huskies manhandled the Cardinals.

Louisville power forward Earl Clark struggled against whoever UConn put on him, finishing with five points on 2-for-16 shooting.

No. 3 Pittsburgh 92, Robert Morris 72: Sam Young scored 23 points, pacing the host Panthers in their victory over the Colonials.

DeJuan Blair added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (20-2), who have beaten Robert Morris each of the 27 times the two have met. Jermaine Dixon had 15 points, and Levance Fields had 12 points and 13 assists.

Wisconsin-Green Bay 75, No. 13 Butler 66: Ryan Tillema scored 21 points and the Phoenix were almost perfect from the free throw line in an upset of the Bulldogs in Green Bay, Wis.

Tillema scored 18 of his points in the second half for Green Bay (18-6, 10-2 Horizon League), which shot 32-for-35 from the free throw line and didn’t miss from the line until the final nine minutes of the game.

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