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Inside the Bracket: Deep impact

Will the Huskies' perimeter problem hurt them in the NCAA tournament?

Originally Published: March 12, 2009
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider

The Connecticut Huskies have established themselves as one of the top teams in college basketball, a potential No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament and a serious national title contender. The Huskies hoisted themselves onto that prestigious pedestal through the interior strength of Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien, who make up arguably the best frontcourt in the nation.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesA.J. Price is the Huskies' only three-point threat.

UConn's performance on the perimeter, however, leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, it hardly exists at all. The Huskies barely register on the D-I rankings for 3-point field goal percentage because they average fewer than five 3-pointers per game. Only point guard A.J. Price averages more than three 3-point attempts per game, and as a team, the Huskies generate just 18.4 percent of their points from behind the arc. That percentage ranks 331st in the nation. Compare that to Big East foe Notre Dame, which produces 34.0 percent of its scoring from 3-point range.