A win over Syracuse would have all but clinched a tournament berth for UConn. Instead, the Huskies (17-11, 7-9) need to win out to finish with a .500 Big East record.
Here’s my take: That loss to Syracuse was the best game the Huskies played all year. I think UConn needs two more wins — not necessarily two regular season wins — to earn an at-large bid. The field is relatively weak this year and UConn’s strength of schedule/RPI pushes it ahead of teams with similar records.
Here’s UConn’s tourney resume as of Feb. 27:
RECORD: 17-11 (7-9 Big East)
BEST WINS: at Notre Dame, vs. Harvard, vs. Florida State, vs. West Virginia
WORST LOSSES: at Rutgers, at Louisville (by 21), at Seton Hall, at Tennessee
REMAINING GAMES: at Providence, vs. Pittsburgh
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
SI: “For the better part of the second half Saturday night in Storrs, the host Huskies demonstrated why so many people thought in November that they could repeat as national champions.” — Frank Burlison