(Copyright 1999. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

April 5, 1999

--- OPINION ---

Huskies fought the good (and tough) fight

The Tattoo

They shocked the world!

The Uconn Huskies, 9 1/2 point underdogs to the
heavily favored Duke Blue Devils, pulled off one of
the biggest upsets in recent title game history when
they beat Duke last Monday night.  The team needed
to use some surprises to become national champs.

Ricky Moore, usually the defensive stopper and only
rarely an offensive threat, burst out with 13 first half
points.  With Khalid El Amin coming out of the gate
cold, Moore's offensive explosion was a much-needed

Elton Brand, the national player of the year, was held
in check for most of the night, a surprise to most ob-

With Jake Voskuhl staying out of foul trouble and the
team being able to use some effective double and
triple teams, Brand was unable to step up and take the
game over.

The game was close throughout and was never really
decided until the end.  A Trajan Langdon four-point
play late closed the gap uncomfortably, and only when
Langdon traveled on one possession and then fell
down on the next did the outcome finally become

Duke was supposed to be one of the greatest teams
ever, and maybe they will be remembered as such.

UConn was not given a chance by many people, not
even to stay too close throughout.

If the game were played ten more times, maybe
UConn would lose ten in a row.  Maybe they would
struggle to win more than one.

However, there is only one national championship
game, and no one can take away the fact that UConn
did what needed to be done.  They are the last ones