After Tuesday’s loss to Providence, Roscoe Smith said UConn, assured of a losing record in the Big East, isn’t worried because it has great players.
So, the obvious question: Why can’t great players put it together and become a great team?
“I don’t know….I don’t know,” Smith said. “No comment.”
And that, my friends, pretty much sums things up. There weren’t answers back in November when UConn allowed a 17-point lead to slip away against UCF, and there certainly aren’t any today, the last day of February.
Some links and additional info from a loss that could cost the defending national champion a tournament berth:
* Three Months After UCF Loss, Not Much Has Changed For Huskies (vote if UConn is tournament worthy)
* Aside from the 10 3-pointers it gave up — that’s been a theme all year — the numbers don’t look bad: UConn had 17 assists and just seven turnovers, shot 46 percent from the field and scored 70 points. Sounds like a win, right?
“It was one of those games where you do everything right, and it was just neck-and-neck,” Smith said. “It was a hard-fought game, but congratulations to Providence.”
* Providence has now won five of the past seven meetings between the two teams. UConn hasn’t won at “The Dunk” since 2006. So, really, it doesn’t make much sense for Shabazz Napier to say “No disrespect to them, but this is one of the games you put a ‘W’ before you even play it.”
Truthfully, UConn can’t say that about many teams in the Big East. Remember, this team was 9-9 a year ago. It was 7-11 the year before that. Ever since the Glory Days ended (the Hasheem Thabeet/A.J. Price/Jeff Adrien/me as a student era), UConn has conference mark of 23-30. The Huskies are now in serious danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.
* Check back tomorrow afternoon for the daily Bubble Watch/Calhoun Watch.