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UConn knows the (buzzer-beater) drill

Connecticut guard Jalen Adams missed a shot during open practice Wednesday in Des Moines.
Connecticut guard Jalen Adams missed a shot during open practice Wednesday in Des Moines. AP

The open practice at Wells Fargo Arena for Connecticut was winding down. There was time for one or two final drills. The Huskies broke into layup lines but didn’t shoot from under the basket. They went the other direction. One pass, 75-footer.

What the…?

Well, if any team understands the value of throwing in a shot from three-quarters court, it’s UConn, which faces Colorado in a first-round South Region game on Thursday.

The Huskies’ Jalen Adams banked one in from about that distance to send the American Athletic Conference Tournament game against Cincinnati into a fourth overtime. Connecticut won the game.

For this drill Wednesday, Connecticut made one of about 20 attempts.

At KU’s open practice about an hour or so later, KU players including Devonte’ Graham also shot long balls, but from half court. Graham got a big cheer from the Jayhawks’ fans in the arena after making his attempt.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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