Painfully Long Ending For UConn

Painfully Long Ending For UConn

There are 28 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 14, 2009, titled Painfully Long Ending For UConn. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The goal was to get to Friday. The goal was to reach the semifinals of the Big East tournament and finally get a taste of that electric environment they've been told about for so long.

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roberttherugguyr aleigh

Wake Forest, NC

#1 Mar 14, 2009
Get Scottie involved earlier and we got caught trying to hide Johnathan Mandeldove on redshirt. Teams miss an injured player programs are not allowed.
Timster

Marion, CT

#2 Mar 14, 2009
I agree, Austrie needs to ride the pine, we can't let our tourney life ride on him shooting out of his slump. All the Syracuse game proved is their third stringers can beat ours ultimately. How can you fault A.J. for not taking over the game at the end with the performance he gave, but in the clutch end game, he or Walker gotta get "to the line", for us to seal the deal. I like our chances, oh yes, why does Kemba pick up the "D" at half court? Flynn blew by him every time causing Adrien and Thabeet to have to collapse and make "tentative" fouls. Those guys CAN'T help us on the bench, as we saw. I like our chances. GO HUSKIES!!!
mangurian

Uncasville, CT

#3 Mar 14, 2009
Coach Calhoun is a great recruiter. He has shown that he can motivate and develop individual players to maximize their potential. Unfortunately he is not a great floor coach. His teams win on grit and not by running plays. Don't take this the wrong way. Every coach has weak/strong points. Calhoun has brought UCONN to lofty heights in BB. However, it was frustrating to watch the teams inability to pierce The Syracuse zone. Part of the problem could be that his recruits are often undisciplined individuals who find it difficult to conform to plans/plays.
great year

Meriden, CT

#4 Mar 14, 2009
Tough loss. Perception wise we blow a number seed.

Resume wise we deserve a 1

Wins against the current Top 25

28-3 Unc-5 (at Mich St, at FSU, at Duke, v Duke, v. Clem)

27-5 Lou-5 (at Nova, Pitt, at Cuse, Marq, Nova)

28-4 Pitt-5 (Cuse, at Uconn, Uconn, at FSU, Marq)

27-4 Uconn-5 (at Zags, Nova, at Lou, Cuse, at Marq)

26-5 Mich St-4 (Purd, at Ill, Ill, Kan)

30-3 Mem-1 (at Zags)

27-5 Ok-1 (Purd)

26-6 Duke-4 (Xav, at FSU, Wake, FSU)

Loses to non-top 25 teams

Unc-2
Lou-4
Pitt-2
Uconn-1
Mich St-3
Mem-1
Ok-3
Duke-2

Who are all these great teams that deserve a number 1 seed over UCONN (if I assume UNC, Pitt, Lou are in)?
a fan

Palm Coast, FL

#5 Mar 14, 2009
Where is Jeff Adrien in the big games?? 12 points ?? what does he do, hide? this is HIS team, he should lead it.
PPPP

United States

#6 Mar 14, 2009
Timster wrote:
I agree, Austrie needs to ride the pine, we can't let our tourney life ride on him shooting out of his slump. All the Syracuse game proved is their third stringers can beat ours ultimately. How can you fault A.J. for not taking over the game at the end with the performance he gave, but in the clutch end game, he or Walker gotta get "to the line", for us to seal the deal. I like our chances, oh yes, why does Kemba pick up the "D" at half court? Flynn blew by him every time causing Adrien and Thabeet to have to collapse and make "tentative" fouls. Those guys CAN'T help us on the bench, as we saw. I like our chances. GO HUSKIES!!!
I disagree about Walker's defense. I thought he played excellent defense on Flynn. Flynn did most of his damage with Austrie or Price caught on switches or from the foul line. He also had about 4 And-Ones that should have been offensive fouls because he had his off-hand in the defenders face (smart player, though).
JJP in CT

Old Lyme, CT

#7 Mar 14, 2009
great year wrote:
Tough loss. Perception wise we blow a number seed.
Resume wise we deserve a 1
Wins against the current Top 25
28-3 Unc-5 (at Mich St, at FSU, at Duke, v Duke, v. Clem)
27-5 Lou-5 (at Nova, Pitt, at Cuse, Marq, Nova)
28-4 Pitt-5 (Cuse, at Uconn, Uconn, at FSU, Marq)
27-4 Uconn-5 (at Zags, Nova, at Lou, Cuse, at Marq)
26-5 Mich St-4 (Purd, at Ill, Ill, Kan)
30-3 Mem-1 (at Zags)
27-5 Ok-1 (Purd)
26-6 Duke-4 (Xav, at FSU, Wake, FSU)
Loses to non-top 25 teams
Unc-2
Lou-4
Pitt-2
Uconn-1
Mich St-3
Mem-1
Ok-3
Duke-2
Who are all these great teams that deserve a number 1 seed over UCONN (if I assume UNC, Pitt, Lou are in)?
Good post!
Teams should be considered for their body of work all season, not just a stretch.

UCONN bashers please be objective.
great year

Meriden, CT

#8 Mar 14, 2009
"I disagree about Walker's defense. I thought he played excellent defense on Flynn. Flynn did most of his damage with Austrie or Price caught on switches or from the foul line. He also had about 4 And-Ones that should have been offensive fouls because he had his off-hand in the defenders face (smart player, though)."

Walker to a great job on Flynn before he was gassed. Flynn had the luxury of playing in a zone and it helped him. Flynn is amazing, but I don't know how they let him palm and then put the ball on his hip so much. Still Flynn was amazing in NYC this weekend.

All this over analysis. The truth is simple. We did not hit free throws. 24/42 v. 40/51. If both teams had hit %70 Uconn gets +9 points. Uconn needs to learn from Memphis last year, free throws can change a season when the margin of error is small in big games.
Rich

East Hartford, CT

#9 Mar 14, 2009
great year wrote:
Tough loss. Perception wise we blow a number seed.
Resume wise we deserve a 1
Wins against the current Top 25
28-3 Unc-5 (at Mich St, at FSU, at Duke, v Duke, v. Clem)
27-5 Lou-5 (at Nova, Pitt, at Cuse, Marq, Nova)
28-4 Pitt-5 (Cuse, at Uconn, Uconn, at FSU, Marq)
27-4 Uconn-5 (at Zags, Nova, at Lou, Cuse, at Marq)
26-5 Mich St-4 (Purd, at Ill, Ill, Kan)
30-3 Mem-1 (at Zags)
27-5 Ok-1 (Purd)
26-6 Duke-4 (Xav, at FSU, Wake, FSU)
Loses to non-top 25 teams
Unc-2
Lou-4
Pitt-2
Uconn-1
Mich St-3
Mem-1
Ok-3
Duke-2
Who are all these great teams that deserve a number 1 seed over UCONN (if I assume UNC, Pitt, Lou are in)?
Unfortunately the selection committee doesn't weigh a season as heavily who the team is come tournament time. UConn is now coming off back to back losses and is obviously still searching for someone to step up in Jerome's absence.
oscar

Middlefield, CT

#10 Mar 14, 2009
I don't think their heads were in the game. They were probaly thinking about the chemistry exam coming up, the calculus courses that were due, and the astro physics thesis which is due shortly. I'm sure they know how important academics are in their future. Go Chihuahuas.
great year

Meriden, CT

#11 Mar 14, 2009
Rich,

Your point is half valid. Uconn does have wins with Dyson and he did score 21 v. Zags, 19 v. Nova, 14 at Lou.

But Uconn still has few blowouts or bad loses the whole year (with or without him). A 6 overtime game against ranked Cuse (a team they beat without Dyson in Storrs). 2 close losses to Pitt.

How does this compare to Mich St losing to Northwestern, and losing by 30 at home to Unc, by 18 to unranked Maryland, to Penn St, and by 18 to ranked Purdue.

How does this compare to Memphis playing three games against ranked teams only and going 1-2. Going to 2-2 against Big East teams when Uconn still managed to go 15-4.

Or Lou losing to W.Kentucky, Minn & UNLV, plus getting blown out by 17 at home to Uconn and losing by 35 at ND a team Uconn beat 2 times.

Even Unc lost to two unranked teams BC & Maryland. With or without Dyson Uconn has one loss to an unranked team, G-Town.
Clueless

United States

#12 Mar 14, 2009
a fan wrote:
Where is Jeff Adrien in the big games?? 12 points ?? what does he do, hide? this is HIS team, he should lead it.
How can you accuse Adrien of "hiding"? How many double-doubles does he have? He's been a steady force his whole career. How many other players make up a TEAM?
Clueless

United States

#13 Mar 14, 2009
Speaking of big games, where is Thabeet in a tough game? I know there will be many who disagree with me, but he irks me. He is afraid of physical contact---he gets a whack and looks like he's dying. Then, he gets angry and winds up fouling. Then......he'll mess up and just stand there and gawk. I think Edwards is much tougher and works harder. Sorry, I love Uconn and hate to trash anyone, but I can't warm up to Thabeet. Yes, I know he's had some great spurts, but that's just what they are....spurts. He needs to be consistant.
mn fan

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Mar 14, 2009
UCONN may make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but not beyond. Without a legitimate outside shooter and a real inside presence they can not compete against the higher level competition. Some points of emphasis in the next week's practice sessions.

Thabeet get near the basket on offense and be hungry for the ball. Right now you are drifting through the lane hoping that the guards will find a way to get you the ball. It takes two to tango. If nothing else you will get a big man in foul trouble. Though that will require contact, something that you don't like. NBA scouts question your toughness

Stanley focus on the shorter shots. Threes are not your game. Better to dribble closer and make a non-spectacular two than miss threes that opens up fast break opportunities.
After a great dunk, do not celebrate, but get back on defense. Celebrating is for after a victory.
AJ passing around the perimeter against a zone is a waste of time. Attack the middle and find the open person as they collapse.

Jeff's 8 foot jumper seems to be working.

Plant someone in the corner (either Austries or Harrelson) and have them shoot threes.

Finally do not let them leave the gym til they have made 80 percent of their foul shots.

If they do these things they can be a Final Four team.
Timster

Marion, CT

#15 Mar 14, 2009
PPPP wrote:
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I disagree about Walker's defense. I thought he played excellent defense on Flynn. Flynn did most of his damage with Austrie or Price caught on switches or from the foul line. He also had about 4 And-Ones that should have been offensive fouls because he had his off-hand in the defenders face (smart player, though).
Don't get me wrong, I love Walker, he'll be like Ben Gordon when he's done. I just think it all goes back to the 6 degrees of jerome Dyson. I think more than his "stopper" defense someone has to fill that "slasher" void that he left so we don't have to hang our hats on perimeter bombs at crunch time. Losing Dyson moved A.J. from the floor general (leader) to the scorer. We have GOT to get to the line at the end of the game, I don't care what our percentage was in the Cuse game. I don't know if Walker is worried Calhoun might yank him if he drives and doesn't get the foul, but it's one and out now, and the way THIS team is gonna continue to win has changed slightly. I still like our chances. Screw you Cameo and the haters! GO HUSKIES!!!!!!
Rich

East Hartford, CT

#16 Mar 14, 2009
great year wrote:
Rich,
Your point is half valid. Uconn does have wins with Dyson and he did score 21 v. Zags, 19 v. Nova, 14 at Lou.
But Uconn still has few blowouts or bad loses the whole year (with or without him). A 6 overtime game against ranked Cuse (a team they beat without Dyson in Storrs). 2 close losses to Pitt.
How does this compare to Mich St losing to Northwestern, and losing by 30 at home to Unc, by 18 to unranked Maryland, to Penn St, and by 18 to ranked Purdue.
How does this compare to Memphis playing three games against ranked teams only and going 1-2. Going to 2-2 against Big East teams when Uconn still managed to go 15-4.
Or Lou losing to W.Kentucky, Minn & UNLV, plus getting blown out by 17 at home to Uconn and losing by 35 at ND a team Uconn beat 2 times.
Even Unc lost to two unranked teams BC & Maryland. With or without Dyson Uconn has one loss to an unranked team, G-Town.
Agreed. Against the rest of the landscape, they still stand with the best, but consider that they are 4 and 3 without Dyson, with their only win against a ranked team against a Marquette team who lost their star player early in the first half. They haven't shown much offensive creativity down the stretch. A positive side effect of the 6 overtime loss is that it showed that AJ has the legs to go the distance. Anyone notice the abandonment of the high ball screen? Although I'm sure the 'cuse zone had a lot to do with this, I'd like to see some screens run for Scottie Haralson.
4921jnn

Shelton, CT

#17 Mar 14, 2009
simple: with out calhoun, they win
Timster

Marion, CT

#18 Mar 14, 2009
4921jnn wrote:
simple: with out calhoun, they win
I disagree Bullwinkle!!! Calhoun hasn't missed ONE free throw this year!!
Jeffman

Durham, NC

#19 Mar 14, 2009
Clueless wrote:
Speaking of big games, where is Thabeet in a tough game? I know there will be many who disagree with me, but he irks me. He is afraid of physical contact---he gets a whack and looks like he's dying. Then, he gets angry and winds up fouling. Then......he'll mess up and just stand there and gawk. I think Edwards is much tougher and works harder. Sorry, I love Uconn and hate to trash anyone, but I can't warm up to Thabeet. Yes, I know he's had some great spurts, but that's just what they are....spurts. He needs to be consistant.
You're correct! Jay Bilas,(who knows more about basketball then every person posting comments in this forum) during the Syracuse game repeatedly stated that while on offense, Thabeet stands around too much. Instead, he needs to post, and then re-post against his defender demanding the ball. Hasheem is a great defensive player but for someone who aspires to make it big at the next level, he would be wise to stay another year at UConn. His game offensively still needs major work. I still question as to whether he truly is ready for the NBA next season. Of course,$$$$ will talk, sports agents will whisper in Thabeet's ear telling him how he'll be the next Hakeem Olajowon or Patrick Ewing, and he'll probably come out anyway! For UConn to get to the Final Four this year, Hasheem, Jeff Adrien, Stanley Robinson,(who was magnificent against Syracuse) and A.J. will all have to play major roles early in the tournament.
joeP

Bloomfield, CT

#20 Mar 14, 2009
If AJ makes the 2 foul shots we win the game and that 3 the dude hit in the end to tie is academic! S'cuse was playing a zone that extended almost to the 3 pt line and none of our bigs posted low and/or flashed hard in any direction.The guards just played dribble with the ball at the top!Calhoun called a T/O to draw up a play and Price just dribbled the ball up top until they took it, Great Play!

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