The UConn Huskies men's basketball team should be counting its collective blessings right now.
Given how they played on Thursday night in the 2K Sports Classic Semifinals, they should be happy to be in the finals.
Ryan Boatright made two clutch free throws with three seconds left then blocked the final Boston College Eagles shot of the night by Lonnie Jackson to give the Huskies a 72-70 win at Madison Square Garden.
With the win, the Huskies advance to the finals where they'll play the Indiana Hoosiers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
UConn improves to 5-0 while the Eagles fall to 1-4.
Every time it looked like UConn was going to put away the Eagles, they'd come back or UConn would play sloppy and allow them to get closer. This has been an issue in a few games this year.
It's like the Huskies lack that killer instinct that a team needs. They should have continued attacking when they had BC whimpering. Instead they had to sweat out a two-point win.
But a win is a win. And this time it was good enough to get them to the finals of the tournament.
photo credit: brad horrigan - hartford courant