UConn men just aren't that special

Saturday

Aside from the countless hours of practice and pickup games, time spent in the weight room and scrimmages, the UConn men are 24-16 in games that actually count over the past two seasons.

They have zero wins against ranked opponents and their most impressive game came in an 11 point loss to Memphis at the beginning of this season.

For a while, we gave them a pass, chalking it up as a young team trying to grow. But now, after 40 games together, the painful truth is all too apparent: Jim Calhoun is not coaching a big time basketball team anymore.

This is one of the least exciting teams Calhoun has ever coached. A.J. Price still hasn’t become the star he was supposed to be and Hasheem Thabeet is still miles away from being Travis Knight, let alone Emeka Okafor. They’re led by Jerome Dyson, the only player who makes you feel like the Huskies can compete with Georgetown or Pittsburgh. He’s probably the only player on the roster that will have any type of NBA career.

After that, you have Jeff Adrien, who works his butt off but was never supposed to be more than a role player. Stanley Robinson is developing into a nice player, but it has taken much longer than people though. The rest of these guys are mid-major players at best, and that just doesn’t cut it in the Big East.

It’s a crazy thing to say. After all, the school should have won a third National Championship just a few seasons ago. But since that all-time upset loss to George Mason, the Huskies have become an afterthought. We all know they can handle the local teams, but as we approach the start of Big East season, no one in their right mind actually thinks they look like a threat to win the league.

And they’re not.

3 comments:

bishopmvp 2:08 PM, December 24, 2007  

"We all know they can handle the local teams"

If you mean the Quinnipiac's, Buffalo's and Maine's, then yes, UConn has shown the ability. But let's hold off on any regional superiority claims until Calhoun agrees to play UMass, BC or URI.

(Full disclosure - I'm a UMass fan who thinks Calhoun is a pussy because he stopped playing us when we got good under Calipari and is now pulling the same thing again.)

Dan McGowan 6:49 PM, December 24, 2007  

i'm talking about the in-state opponents, who they haven't lost to since like 1985.

but for what its worth,

this is the first year they haven't played umass in i believe ten years. I think umass only beat them twice in that stretch.

It didn't help that Calipari was a total prick.

They no longer play BC because BC pulled a fast one on the league, but prior to that uconn had beaten them something like 17 out of 20.

UC06 12:34 AM, December 25, 2007  

They didn't stop playing UMass because they "got good under Calipari".*

They stopped playing UMass because they refused to play an away game that they owed UConn. Period.



*got good=cheated to levels even cheaters thought was dirty

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