Prior to the Syracuse game, UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun was quoted saying, "Over a 20-year period, beating Syracuse has been probably the No. 1 thing that we've wanted to do." Well on Wednesday night Calhoun slept satisfied after his team dismantled the Syracuse offense and walked out of Gampel Pavilion with the sweet taste of victory.
On Thursday morning the taste was bittered by the news that star swingman Jerome Dyson would need knee surgery, an almost certain season ending surgery. Five minutes into the 'Cuse game, Dyson descended to the floor trying to fight through a screen. An MRI revealed a torn lateral meniscus. Dyson had been contributing just shy of 14 points per game.
Dyson will be missed by Husky Nation, but will now turn their eyes towards Craig Austrie. Austrie has been contributing coming off of the bench and actually has one more three-ball than Dyson on the year. Will this help UConn come together as a team or will they crumple due to the crushing blow? We won't have to wait long to find out, UConn plays #4 Pittsburgh on Monday.
Last year AJ Price suffered a knee injury and UConn couldn't make it through the first round, losing to San Diego.