Looking a bit rusty tonight coming out of the long lay-offToughest Big East stretch for UConn starts tonight against an Nova team that hasn't lost since Cam Whitmore returned from his injury. . Followed by at Xavier and PC. Home to Creighton and then at Marquette. Would love all 5 but could live with 3-2 I think.
This feels like an overreaction, they've had two rough games in very difficult places to play on the road (Providence is now 27-1 in their last 28 games at home, so pretty much nobody else has been able to do it either). Other teams adjusted to the first 14 games they saw from UConn, now it's on the coaches to adjust back after these last two. And when UConn beat Alabama handily on a neutral court, that was not on talent discrepancy, Alabama is one of the best teams in the country. If Hurley wasn't a good coach UConn wouldn't be nearly as good as they are now, especially with the way Ollie left them.Dan Hurley is not a good coach. You’re not going to win conference games on talent alone. They steamrolled teams earlier in the season on talent discrepancy. Now that teams have seen video and game planned for UConn the coach just gets beat every time. Hell Ewing found a way to stifle this team. At this point I don’t see them making it out of the first weekend.
It might be an overreaction. It might not be. I think Hurley is a great recruiter and the kids like him and like playing for him. But his game planning stinks. His in game adjustments stinks. I’m not an X’s and O’s guy. I don’t have the ability to watch a game or a film study and say “well if only Hurley stopped doing (x) and started doing (y) the would have been better”. Yes Alabama is a great team. How do you think the game would go if the two teams meet again in March? I’m quite certain Bama would have a plan to attack this UConn squad. Hurley I’m less confident in. This isn’t an overreaction based on the last 2 games. This is me watching Hurley coach the team the last 5 seasons. Too often he loses to teams of lesser talent. So many times in his tenure here the team has been in a coin flip game in the last few minutes. Now I don’t have the stats to back me up on this but I’d say Hurley comes out on the losing end about 75% of the time in these types of games. Again… this is just to my eyes. I don’t have a X’s and O’s brain but my eyes have been watching college basketball for over 30 years now.This feels like an overreaction, they've had two rough games in very difficult places to play on the road (Providence is now 27-1 in their last 28 games at home, so pretty much nobody else has been able to do it either). Other teams adjusted to the first 14 games they saw from UConn, now it's on the coaches to adjust back after these last two. And when UConn beat Alabama handily on a neutral court, that was not on talent discrepancy, Alabama is one of the best teams in the country. If Hurley wasn't a good coach UConn wouldn't be nearly as good as they are now, especially with the way Ollie left them.
The 2011 UConn team went undefeated in non-conference play and then proceeded to go .500 in conference play for the regular season. Was Calhoun not a good coach because they stumbled in conference play? I know, it's not a perfect comparison because Calhoun had much more on his resume then, but the point of a great team having a less than perfect ride through conference play remains.
Yup, I am an idiot. Adama Sanogo put me in a box and toss me in the river.Apparently Adama heard you because he was great today.
Ryan Kalkbrenner has extra motivation heading into Creighton’s game at UConn. The Jays big man told me in the preseason he knows Adama Sanogo is a great player, but that he’s felt disrespected at times that he hasn’t gotten more attention. Tomorrow in Storrs, the two meet again.
And then tonight you couldn’t be more right so far.Yup, I am an idiot. Adama Sanogo put me in a box and toss me in the river.
Defense looked much better today, kept the assists low on the Creighton end and while they did start the game off with more of the excessive fouling, they managed to reign themselves in and keep it much more even for the rest of the game. Nice to finally get over that weird hump they've had against Creighton.
I also quite enjoyed seeing Sanogo and Clingan comletely neutralize Kalkbrenner all day, after this little tidbit leading up to the game:
UConn women were able to postpone, but in the same situation Arizona State had to forfeit. Conference rules dictate how its handled. So what happens with out of conference games? Home team conference rules apply? Seems like the NCAA should have a policy for all to follow.
Agreed. Last night was the same team that started the season 14-0. Let’s hope that team sticks around for the last couple months of the season.The men have been slowly figuring things out over the last week or two, Newton has worked through his yips and been an absolute force. Tonight's stomping of Marquette might be the "all the way back" moment.
Great performance last night, but let's see what they do coming off of it. Saturday at Creighton is going to be a great test.The men have been slowly figuring things out over the last week or two, Newton has worked through his yips and been an absolute force. Tonight's stomping of Marquette might be the "all the way back" moment.
God I hope you’re right. I could see this team playing in April. I can also see them getting bounced on Thursday afternoon. Still not sold on Hurley’s ability to win a big game on a neutral/away court. Fingers crossed.I've still had a lot of faith in this UConn team and they've completely shaken off their bad January. Absolutely fantastic performance tonight, they're going to make a lot of noise in March. Alleyne figuring out how to give us some scoring could be a big development too.
Even Dr. Faust had to pay up eventually. The terms of Geno's deal included 4 straight championships, surely there's a bill coming due there. Hell, the first installment was probably Bueckers' ACL.Meanwhile, in the women's game Azzi Fudd (who's only just come back from injury) appears to have gotten hurt again. She went to the locker room with a trainer shortly before the end of the first half, and she's sitting on the bench with ice on her knee and UConn announced she won't return in today's game. I swear, I'm starting to believe in curses again the way things have gone for the women's program lately.