UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

UConn On The Bubble: Feb. 27

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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

SOS: 1

RPI: 29

REMAINING GAMES: at Providence, vs. Pittsburgh

TODAY’S PROJECTIONS:

ESPN — No. 10 seed

CBS — No. 8 seed

Sports Illustrated — No. 10 seed

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

CBS: “At Providence and then home vs. Pittsburgh closes out the regular season for the nation’s most underachieving team. Then it’s a first-round game in the Big East tournament against a fellow conference doormat. Realistically, that won’t be enough. Another win, a fourth in a row, will likely be required for some semblance of comfort. Getting to three wins in MSG would definitely get UConn into the tournament. That’s the big-picture goal now.” — Matt Norlander
USA TODAY: “The Huskies remain pretty comfortably in the field, despite recent poor performances and a sub-.500 conference record. Look at those six Top 50 wins!” — Nicole Auerbach
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