UConn felt right at home in MSG

"Coach is on us all the time about making free throws," Boatright said. "We shoot a lot of free throws in practice, and he always says it's going to come down to free throws or one or two possessions. So when we got to the line, we had the confidence to knock them down."

On the flip side, Iowa State's top two scorers, DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim, shot 6-for-18 and 3-13 from the field, respectively. And Kane was a woeful 2-for-9 from the free throw line.

"I don't think it was nerves," Kane said. "We shot around earlier. We shot here [Thursday]. So it's what we do, and we're a team that likes to play fast. We like to get up shots, and I think we got good looks in the first half, and we missed a lot of shots. "

Hoiberg lauded his team's comeback effort, particularly after losing third-leading scorer Georges Niang to injury in the Cyclones' first game of this tournament.

"[In the] second half I thought we were very aggressive and figured some things out," Hoiberg said. "Got much better movement and went down swinging and that's exactly what I would expect out of this team."

But we got what we expected from UConn, too. And that includes a heavily pro-Huskies crowd that made the trip and invaded midtown Manhattan, as usual.

"It just felt like a home game," Napier said. "When you have that crowd behind you pushing you, good things will happen."

And good things are certainly happening for Connecticut right now. A year after being banned from postseason play entirely, the Huskies are in the Elite Eight and 40 minutes away from the Final Four.

Sound familiar? You bet it does.

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