Lets just jump right into this. UConn sports in general are basically the only sports people care about in this state. With the obvious exception to the hockey teams of Yale and Quinnipiac, it is basically Mens basketball and football. That is of course unless your above the age of 5o and enjoy watching sports for the fundamentals (Big shout out to the lady Huskies). However, no disrespect to the women because they legit have an an average winning margin of 35 points which is beyond dominant. Not the point here though, lets talk about what has been both exciting and frustrating in mens ball.
The now unranked Huskies are 21-6 going to the most important part of the schedule. You know, the part where beating teams that are ranked count when seeding comes along in March. Recap time
The Good: We started ranked 18
Uconn started off the season 9-0 which was a huge lift to spirits considering they were not playing all scrub, out of conference, teams. Hopes were high with Shabazz Napier, a preseason Wooden Award considerate, running the floor. Two impressive wins over Florida and Indiana proved to the country that we werent about to be fucked with. Late game heroics by Shabazz that sent Gampel into pandemonium had me harder than when Kemba emasculated Gary McGahee in the Garden. So 9-0 with two impressive wins was looking great. 9-0 ranked in the top 15 consistently
But waittt, The bad:
Kevin Ollie – “Holy shit were beating good teams, cant wait to clean up in our new conference! After all, we played in the Big East with some bad Motherfuckers. Should be easy” Nope, instead we lose two games in a row to Houston and SMU. Fucking SMU lead by a washed up Larry Brown never let it become a close game. We lose to Houston on New Years Eve probably because the Huskies were being pussies about playing an away game on National Booze Day. By the way, not saying Olander definitely got arrested in Houston for something only a Connecticut raised white kid would do but he definitely did. We’ve seen his rap skills, they are better than his ball skills. Summing it up, after starting 9-0, the Huskies dropped 4 out of the next 9 with only two excusable losses to Louisville and Stanford (which is barely excusable). 5-4 and unranked.
But its all good: Conference Wins
As depressing as the middle of the season was, Shabazz stopped being a dickhead by pulling up for ridiculous fade away threes every play and the ball started moving around . Even the big men, who started off non existent were getting involved. Phillip Nolan started to play half good and Amida Brimah seemed like he may have figured out how to make a post move. The last nine games resulted in a 7-2 record with wins over 6 conference teams. However, lost to SMU again and lost our ranking…again. 7-2 Unranked
We are unranked with 4 games left against two teams that can be beaten (USF and Rutgers), and two teams we can only hope to beat (Cinci and Louisville). UConn is going to make tournament with hopefully a 6,7, or 8 seed. Godspeed UConn.