Halftime: Connecticut 46, DePaul 33

Here are three halftime observations from the first game of the day here at the Big East tournament:

TAKING CONTROL: No. 16 seed DePaul hung with No. 9 seed UConn for most of the first 20 minutes. But the Huskies closed the half on a 6-0 run to take their largest lead of the first half, 13 points, into intermission. DePaul is the worst defensive team in the conference -- one of the poorest defensive teams in the country -- so it's no surprise UConn poured in so many points.

LAMB IN LIGHTS: Jeremy Lamb, who as a freshman had a coming-out party of sorts in last year's Big East tournament, scored 17 points in the first 20 minutes. Lamb was 7-for-11 from the field, and 3-for-4 from 3-point range.

ON THE OTHER HAND: DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin, an Honorably Mention All-Big East player and the Blue Demons' leading scorer, had seven points and six rebounds in the first half. But Melvin shot just 3-for-10 from the field.