Rather than wait for March, UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley started the madness a week early. On Tuesday evening, Hurley was ejected from his team’s game against 8th ranked Villanova.
Hurley wasn’t tossed for arguing a call or berating an official. He was shown the door after frantically waving his arms up and down in effort to get the crowd excited.
Dan Hurley just got ejected for hyping up the crowd at UConn. pic.twitter.com/3kanbkNSXq
With just under five minutes remaining in the first half and his Huskies clinging to a one-point lead, Hurley was whistled for a technical foul when he argued with an official over a non-call. Rather than retreat to the bench or walk the other way, Hurley exchanged a high five with one of his players then quickly pivoted towards the home crowd and enthusiastically encouraged the UConn faithful to get off their feet and make some noise.
Connecticut’s home crowd obliged, sending a roar throughout the arena. Hurley’s actions struck a chord with one of the officials, who then handed UConn’s coach a second technical foul, which forced him to exit the game.
The unusual ouster may have served as extra motivation for UConn, who was looking to avenge a 9-point loss to Villanova earlier in the month. With Hurley hitting the showers earlier than expected, the Huskies washed away the feeling of regret and bested the visiting Wildcats 71-69.
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