Saturday, March 10, 2012

Can UConn Make a Nice Tourney Run? Absolutely

I've got a feeling about this UConn team. Not saying they'll be making a run to another national title, but there's no doubt in my mind that the Huskies can make a nice run in the Big Dance.

Here's why: For one, they're getting out of the rough-and-tumble Big East. Going against teams that don't know them as well, and presumably aren't as physical as many of their conference brethren, should be a boon for the Huskies.

I also see a certain unflappable nature to this team. Simply put, UConn is able to shrug off adversity quite well, off the court and on. Sure, there have been times when the Huskies got punched in the face and didn't respond (see: Louisville). But losses like that Louisville debacle have happened to just about every team in the nation, save for Kentucky and Syracuse. I get a sense this team is gelling and peaking at the right time.

I could, of course, be very wrong. Somehow it would be fitting, given the mercurial nature of this team for much of the season, that the Huskies get bounced in the first weekend.

But I -- and Jim Boeheim, and many others -- doubt it.

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