Otherwise, the Huskies' latest attempt to match up with a ranked opponent went about as expected, ending with Wichita State's 95-74 victory, the seventh time this season UConn has lost by 20 or more points.
The Shockers (19-5, 9-3 American Athletic Conference) had 17 assists and just two turnovers while building a 55-33 halftime lead and were never threatened after that.
Eleven Shockers played double-digit minutes and nine of them scored at least six points.
"Our defense was just awful today", Ollie said. Wichita State outrebounded UConn 40-24 and was 14 of 28 from the 3-point line. "We didn't get out on shooters". Factor in a five-day break between games, and WSU figures to be well-rested when Temple (15-10, 7-6) comes to town next Thursday night for a 6 p.m. CT tip on ESPN2.
Marshall was not thrilled with the way his team "muddled through the second half", but even he had to admit the first half was impressive.
The lead never again dropped below 10. "I'm not into that, that's not something I want to coach - "pretty basketball" - but it is a thing to marvel at sometimes, the way they share it, the way the ball moves side to side". A 16-4 run pushed the Shockers' lead to 49-27 with 3:31 remaining in the half.
Frankamp had been mired in quite a slump.
Then the Shockers went to their perimeter game and devastated UConn with a barrage of 3-pointers.
This game went the way most would have predicted, including the odds-makers, from the start.
"I was just wondering when it was going to happen for him", Marshall said.
"I mean, they're making every shot on the outside", Vital said, "and then they get down low and make every shot".
The UConn men are one game closer to the end of the season. After that, the Huskies will be four games away from a flawless regular season. "I'm staying right here, right in it".
UConn: With games at Cincinnati and Houston still on the schedule, the Huskies have a legitimate chance to finish below.500.
Wichita State: The Shockers looked like a team with high preseason expectations and likely avoided falling out the Top 25.