UConn Men Lose To Gonzaga, 85-82

UConn Men Lose To Gonzaga, 85-82

There are 23 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 2, 2007, titled UConn Men Lose To Gonzaga, 85-82. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

So tantalizingly close to pulling off the type of victory they have craved for a year-plus that the pain was even more acute.

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#1 Dec 2, 2007
Great work Gonzaga. True scholars on scholarships.
rick

Yorktown Heights, NY

#2 Dec 2, 2007
UConn had better athletes but once again they didn't seem to grasp the fundamentals of the game. Maybe big Jim should look at his coaching style.
Cedric

West Hartford, CT

#3 Dec 2, 2007
UConn has a lot of young players that have improved a lot over last year. Last year they would not have been close to winning this type of game. However, they do need to work on their defense. Luckily that is something that can be improved on through hard work and good coaching. My guess is that the team will get a lot of both over the next few months. The litmus test will be when they start playing the big east teams. If their defense does not improve, it will be obvious to everyone. I am expecting them to improve and qualify for the NCAA tourney, but I expect a lot of close games due to the relative inexperience on this team.
PPPP

Milford, MA

#4 Dec 2, 2007
I was at this game. Gonzaga's coach, Mark Few took a gamble and it payed off. He packed his defense in and let Dyson shoot 3 pointers....In the second half he missed. UCONN didn't seem to know what to do offensively the last 3 minutes of the game....That technical by Calhoun was a big moment that turned into a 4 point play. Calhoun knows he is not supposed to bang on the scorer's table with the new rules...But overall, this was a game that UConn should have won. I believe the will end up being a better team than Gonzaga, who basically has a 7 man rotation with only one player that can handle the ball. This loss hurts.
Dan Pacino

Waterbury, CT

#5 Dec 2, 2007
If Calhoun would stop getting in the faces of his players every time they make a mistake, or take them out of the game and humilate them, maybe UCONN would win more games. You should see what a jerk you look like on tv. You need to ease up on your players coach and let the kids play to the best of their ability. Even your coaches look fearful of you sitting on the bench.
tired of it all

United States

#6 Dec 2, 2007
Here we go again ANOTHER 17 WIN SEASON if were lucky! Thabett `s thinking about the nba? He`s too dainty and probably end up in europe.Uconn needs to recruit a 6ft 8 in board banger not a 7 ft 3 in toothpick that gets pushed around under neath the boards.
Massachusetts Husky

Mansfield, MA

#7 Dec 2, 2007
We were there yesterday rooting the kids on. The line that says it all in this article? Here you go:
"Of the result, Dyson said,'Same old story, and it gets old.'"

My observations, such as they are:

1. The Husky 3's appeared to be draining in the first half, but not in the second. In fact, I remember at least three OPEN threes missing badly in the second half.

2. Gonzaga often drove into the teeth (if you want to call it that) of our defense for layups at will. This is a new twist from last year, which (alas) compensates for our improved offense (in a bad way). On the flip side, missed layups on our part remain a disturbing trend.

3. That Gonzaga kid with the mop head seemed like money in the bank. The go-to guy every team needs.

4. The refs were erratic with their whistles, but this is almost always the case, so I half wonder why I bother typing this.

5. There was a 4-point swing to Gonzaga due to Calhoun's technical. A "T" can often fire the sagging troops up and bring emotional fire, but I don't think this was a strategic "T" on Jimmy's part -- I think it was an undisciplined lapse of frustration on his part. I respect Jimmy, but must say this: He preaches discipline to the kids when it comes to fundamentals and doing well what they do in practice, yet, in cases like this, doesn't practice what he preaches. The game (it goes without saying, but I will) was lost by 3).

6. Heck with his athletic skills, Ray Allen is just a great person. Unlike Donyell Marshall, Allen smiled and waved when the cameraman put him on the Jumbotron. He's not too cool to get out there and help Lucky the Leprechaun do his little trampoline reverse dunk act. And he speaks to our kids after the game. Role models like Allen mean so much, going against the predominant grain as they do in modern sports. What a great ambassador for our program guys like Allen and Okafor are.

7. I sometimes wonder if the "2-foul automatic benching with minutes to go in the first half strategy" is always the right move. Why not leave Price in and tell him to play soft? Yeah, yeah -- he might get scored on at will, but a 9-point lead evaporated in that first half and we went into the locker rooms down one after leading all the way. Price on the bench contributed to the meltdown.

8. Can we, will we, ever defend the 3 with more success? "Death by Treys" is becoming a familiar eulogy in these post-defeat reports.

9. Re: Memphis and now Gonzaga. You're only allowed so many "moral victories." Then they become flat-out defeats, just like any other.

10. We were unfortunate enough to get stuck next to a posse of 30-40-year old (read: old enough to know better) drunken Connecticut fans. Don't you just love bringing your family to a high-priced game only to get stuck next to clowns like this? I mean, they could barely put a sentence together, and half of their vocabulary was 4-lettered words, as often aimed at our players as Gonzaga's. I heard them talking about how great Cheers was (groan), so I know they'd been looking forward for a long time to this big trip to the city to do all the touristy things (starting early and with a powerful thirst, apparently). All this so they could represent the Husky faithful so well. At least they were a minority, but beer sales at the Garden only proved to be gas on the flames...

BONUS: Where the heck did all of these Gonzaga fans come from? Are plane flights from Washington State that cheap? Cinderella bandwagoneers? Sheesh.

BONUS II: Providence fans started chanting "Let's go, Friars!" with 2 mins. left in the UCONN-Gonzaga game. Really high-brow stuff. But I guess I'm happy the Big East team (PC) beat the Benedict Arnold, think-we're-the-Duke-of-the-No rth team (BC). Good news, CT. Even half the Commonwealth thinks the BC elitists are a joke.

Over and out from inside enemy lines...
Massachusetts Husky

Mansfield, MA

#8 Dec 2, 2007
We were there yesterday rooting the kids on. The line that says it all in this article? Here you go:
"Of the result, Dyson said,'Same old story, and it gets old.'"

My observations, such as they are:

1. The Husky 3's appeared to be draining in the first half, but not in the second. In fact, I remember at least three OPEN threes missing badly in the second half.

2. Gonzaga often drove into the teeth (if you want to call it that) of our defense for layups at will. This is a new twist from last year, which (alas) compensates for our improved offense (in a bad way). On the flip side, missed layups on our part remain a disturbing trend.

3. That Gonzaga kid with the mop head seemed like money in the bank. The go-to guy every team needs.

4. The refs were erratic with their whistles, but this is almost always the case, so I half wonder why I bother typing this.

5. There was a 4-point swing to Gonzaga due to Calhoun's technical. A "T" can often fire the sagging troops up and bring emotional fire, but I don't think this was a strategic "T" on Jimmy's part -- I think it was an undisciplined lapse of frustration on his part. I respect Jimmy, but must say this: He preaches discipline to the kids when it comes to fundamentals and doing well what they do in practice, yet, in cases like this, doesn't practice what he preaches. The game (it goes without saying, but I will) was lost by 3).

6. Heck with his athletic skills, Ray Allen is just a great person. Unlike Donyell Marshall, Allen smiled and waved when the cameraman put him on the Jumbotron. He's not too cool to get out there and help Lucky the Leprechaun do his little trampoline reverse dunk act. And he speaks to our kids after the game. Role models like Allen mean so much, going against the predominant grain as they do in modern sports. What a great ambassador for our program guys like Allen and Okafor are.

7. I sometimes wonder if the "2-foul automatic benching with minutes to go in the first half strategy" is always the right move. Why not leave Price in and tell him to play soft? Yeah, yeah -- he might get scored on at will, but a 9-point lead evaporated in that first half and we went into the locker rooms down one after leading all the way. Price on the bench contributed to the meltdown.

8. Can we, will we, ever defend the 3 with more success? "Death by Treys" is becoming a familiar eulogy in these post-defeat reports.

9. Re: Memphis and now Gonzaga. You're only allowed so many "moral victories." Then they become flat-out defeats, just like any other.

10. We were unfortunate enough to get stuck next to a posse of 30-40-year old (read: old enough to know better) drunken Connecticut fans. Don't you just love bringing your family to a high-priced game only to get stuck next to clowns like this? I mean, they could barely put a sentence together, and half of their vocabulary was 4-lettered words, as often aimed at our players as Gonzaga's. I heard them talking about how great Cheers was (groan), so I know they'd been looking forward for a long time to this big trip to the city to do all the touristy things (starting early and with a powerful thirst, apparently). All this so they could represent the Husky faithful so well. At least they were a minority, but beer sales at the Garden only proved to be gas on the flames...

BONUS: Where the heck did all of these Gonzaga fans come from? Are plane flights from Washington State that cheap? Cinderella bandwagoneers? Sheesh.

BONUS II: Providence fans started chanting "Let's go, Friars!" with 2 mins. left in the UCONN-Gonzaga game. Really high-brow stuff. But I guess I'm happy the Big East team (PC) beat the Benedict Arnold, think-we're-the-Duke-of-the-No rth team (BC). Good news, CT. Even half the Commonwealth thinks the BC elitists are a joke.
Over and out from inside enemy lines...
PPPP

Milford, MA

#9 Dec 2, 2007
Uconn will win way more than 17.
Fred

Granby, CT

#10 Dec 2, 2007
People, people, the NBA is not about defense. Fans do not pay premium prices to watch a "defensive struggle" in person or on the tube.
The NBA Entertainment blockbluster..........OH, wait, this is the NCAA. SRI.........forgot myself for minute.
One writer mentioned;
"The litmus test will be when they start playing the big east teams."

Whether one wins by one or loses by 20 still a win or a lost.
I will admit I did not watch the game. When the "real" Huskies show up and the competition means something except a "W" then I will watch.
tired of it all

United States

#11 Dec 2, 2007
PPPP wrote:
Uconn will win way more than 17.
YUP MAYBE 18 GAMES
John

AOL

#12 Dec 2, 2007
Areas to improve;
- Thabeet; Take more than 2 shots in 23 minutes. Get hungry :Gimme the ball." Defense great, foul shots-good.
- Better execution down the stretch; 1H - no goals in last 3 minutes, 2H - 2 goals in last 5 minutes
- More player movement on offense. Ball is moving to stationary players. Go in and out
- Full count defense - non existent. Used to be a standard to shock opponents for 2-3 minutes.
- Coach - stay in the box. Down by 1 in closing seconds is better position. Team getting better.
Jack

Troy, MI

#13 Dec 2, 2007
Stanley Robinson is horrible. I have no idea why Calhoun continues to talk about his upside etc. He is too small to play inside, has zero outside shot, and generally just plays out of control.

I just don';t get it.

Why Calhoun hasn't recruited a shooter in 3 plus years is beyond me. Everyone is going to zone UConn because they are such a poor shooting team.
mclacasse

Bridgewater, NJ

#14 Dec 2, 2007
these guys are givin some awfully boring offensive sets they have no complex game plan in the half court thats why they are so easily stopped, they get really confused when they meet up with a team that runs some pretty complicated offenses, that is a coaches problem he can blame the players all he wants but that was some poor preperation for the game that these guys bought to the floor, sure as long as the game is turn over and fast break we'll score some points but grind it out mentally with a smart team and we're lost
mike mcmanus

West Newton, MA

#15 Dec 2, 2007
It could be a long season at best- UCONN, the team that can't shoot straight and that used to kill teams with their defense and pressure! Where has that team gone? Jim is a hall of fame coach and he's produced some great athletes, but his demeanor on the court is more like Bobby Knight, and who wants to emulate that. Why is it that other well respected coaches talk to their players when they're taken out of the game and use it as a "teaching moment?" Jim not only scowls and growls, he totally ignores his players and lets his assistants do the instructing. This was also pointed out by some of the previous comments. It must be depressing and even somewhat frightening to play for coach Calhoun.
Joe Grecco

United States

#16 Dec 2, 2007
Saw the last five minutes of the first half and most of the second half. It seemed to me that there were flashes of defense and moments of offense but nothing approaching a prolonged effort on either end of the court.

What seems to be missing is a solid point guard leading a disciplined offense containing and the emergence of a player in the paint. Adrien needs to get the ball inside and score or dish.

I was surprised to see how many points Dyson had, What I saw of him was some out of control playground dribble and shoot. The ball just seemed to go around the horn at the perimeter until the shot clock got low and then either up went a wild shot often not even catching iron or a turnover occured.

I share the implied opinion of some that the last couple of recruiting classes have not borne the fruit of old.

Hoping for some continued improvement.
George Bush

Norfolk, VA

#17 Dec 2, 2007
NIT folks!

Yes, this hard to conceive given our elite program status.
Mike

Meriden, CT

#18 Dec 2, 2007
It is long season and they are still young. No excuses, just reality. I hope Robinson, Dyson and Price can be the scorers that they have the potential for. Give the kids and Calhoun a break!

Wow, Uconn fans suck! They don't cheer loud at games, they leave early and they complain about thier Hall of Fame coach. I used to think we had the best fans. But seeing ACC and B12 crowds makes me wonder.

Uconn, bring the students into things more and stop selling out for the money! Students pay enough to go to the school.
sittingon 50

Bloomington, IL

#19 Dec 2, 2007
Hey PP,
Good luck with being a better team than the Zags by the end of the year. We were missing our best player (who abused Hansbrough last year) & our Wash. St. POY PG; both with broken bones. Plus yesterday our top scorer (coming into the game) didn't make a field goal. We scored 85.
Hope your players spend more time in Study Hall than you apparently do.
PPPP wrote:
I was at this game. Gonzaga's coach, Mark Few took a gamble and it payed off. He packed his defense in and let Dyson shoot 3 pointers....In the second half he missed. UCONN didn't seem to know what to do offensively the last 3 minutes of the game....That technical by Calhoun was a big moment that turned into a 4 point play. Calhoun knows he is not supposed to bang on the scorer's table with the new rules...But overall, this was a game that UConn should have won. I believe the will end up being a better team than Gonzaga, who basically has a 7 man rotation with only one player that can handle the ball. This loss hurts.
Cincy

Batavia, IL

#20 Dec 2, 2007
Play defense, bump and grind it out, and the fast break will come. Get thabeet in the weight room now! He needs muscle badly. Weight room twice a day for this guy please. Go to the rim as much as you can and things could get better. Right now they look like cupcakes. Yikes!

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