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UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 10:26 am
 
It's hard to figure that UConn could be this flat and uninspiring. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Jeff Goodman

UConn looks like a dead team -- and I know dead teams when I see them. 

I swear I saw one last March 5. That was Senior Night in Storrs, when Kemba Walker went through the festivities despite being a junior, when the Huskies couldn't beat a Notre Dame team without its best player on the floor for the final 8 minutes, 29 seconds. 

The Irish led, 60-52, when Big East Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough went to the sidelines with his fifth foul. UConn regained the lead less than three minutes later, but the Huskies couldn't hold on for the win. The loss dropped Jim Calhoun's team to 9-9 in Big East play. 

That sure looked like a dead team. Dead and buried. At least that's what everyone thought. 

It was like a morgue in that locker room after the game. That was UConn's fourth loss in the past five games and every head on that team was down. No one had any answers, least of all Walker. 

"No clue," Walker said as he shook his head on that day when I asked him what was wrong. "I have no idea." 

Then came the magical, the unlikeliest of runs that started with five wins in five consecutive days to win the Big East tournament and concluded with six more to claim the national title. 

Do I think it will happen again with this team, which was obliterated in the Yum! Center last night by Louisville?  No. But I've also learned never to count anyone out after what happened a year ago. 

My colleague Gary Parrish made plenty of valid points in his column last night. This team doesn't have Kemba Walker. Right now, it also doesn't even have its Hall of Fame coach -- who is out with what appears to be a serious back injury. 

But many of these guys have dug out of the deepest possible hole. 

The Huskies are now 15-8 overall and 5-6 in Big East play with a road game against 23-1 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome up next. Freshman Andre Drummond was abysmal last night, Jeremy Lamb hasn't lived up to expectations some put on him prior to the season and Shabazz Napier has been an enigma. Alex Oriakhi was relegated to bench duty for much of the season, a move I still feel has hurt this team in a variety of ways.  

It certainly doesn't appear promising for this group of Huskies, but if there's one thing I learned last year is that some teams can come back from the dead. 


Comments

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:45 pm
 

UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

I only caught the last few minutes of this game but boy was it ugly. Uconn stopped playing defense and was just letting Lousville shoot wide open 3's.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:31 pm
 

UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

Not dead, but you sure can smell them.



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:46 pm
 

UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

The reason they werre so highly regarded is becuase they are by far the most talented team in the conference. They only added more talent then what they had last year so the logical choice was to rank them high. Though as we can see talent doesnt result into wins. You need more than just talent.



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:40 pm
 

UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

I have to agree with the other posts. I am not sure why anyone thought this team would finish at the top of the BE. They were 9-9 last year with kemba walker. Why anyone thought they could do better without him is beyond me. and i also agree oriakhi to the bench is just plan dumb, drummond is a bust.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:52 pm
 

UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

At what point do all the UConn sycophants put last season's tournament run to rest?  That was then, this is now.  Kemba is not walking thru the doors in Storrs to save the 2011-12 Huskies.  If all you writers got is the hope 'it can happen again' BS, please, find another team to dream on. ie Pitt.  This team cannot dig it's way out- only in deeper- coz Kemba took the shovel with him to the NBA.




Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:57 am
 

UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

Louisville looked exactly like UConn three weeks ago when the Cards lost by 31 to Providence. Plenty of talent there. Don't feel sorry for them, beat them while you can.





  



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:41 am
 

UConn may look it, but Huskies not dead yet

Sure, the Huskies are pretty bad, but I still can't figure out why they were so highly regarded in the first place.  People were ranking them as high as 4th in the preseason, having apparently forgotten that aside from their last 11 games of last year, this was a team that finished 9th in their conference and then lost their best player.  What's the big mystery?  They weren't that good last year but got hot at the right time.  They lost their best, most dynamic player/leader and now they're not that good again this year.  Go figure.


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