Friar And Ice

There are 43 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jan 18, 2008, titled Friar And Ice. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

There was widespread malfunction, the kind that is both inexplicable and embarrassing, as this important game fell apart down the stretch.

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Massachusetts Husky

Mansfield, MA

#1 Jan 18, 2008
Calhoun said:

"Beyond surprising and disappointing, it's three or four steps beyond whatever you could possibly imagine. I certainly know of no lower point this year.... It's very unfortunate. I don't have any answers to anything except for the fact a team came in here and took us over physically and emotionally, and didn't let us play."

Deja vu is right. I think he said that after last year's game. Really. I drove to Hartford for last year's Providence game and paid to see the Alley Oop Show. Last night I paid ESPN to watch the Playground 3's Show. I think I'll just get updates on-line for future non-televised (beyond CT borders) game, because I'll go to the poor house (both my wallet and my heart) watching this stuff.

Poor Calhoun. If he was sick going in, he had to be sicker going out. At least I could turn off the TV in the final minutes (and I did because I couldn't take it any more).

Credit to Dougie Wiggins. He looked like the only guy with energy and passion out there -- even though his 3's weren't dropping like they did against G'Town.

Oh. And can we trade for one of those Providence kids who hits NBA 3's like you on I hit the office waste basket from three feet out? What we'd give for shooting like that...

Without passion, without energy, without concentration, this team will find itself without a tournament. Does it even care? We'll see in the Marquette game. They'll be out for bear, too, because they took a 20-point beating last night.

Good luck, Jimmy C. Nothing tests your meddle as a young team like this...
tmac

Hartford, CT

#2 Jan 18, 2008
You would have expected this team to hard after the Gtown game. Maybe they thought they didn't need to. Here are a few observations.

The only offensive game Robinson has is a dunk. Make that the only game he has.

Thabeet has become one dimentional again. If all he can do is block shots it doesn't do any good when teams are hitting 3's.

Dyson seems to give up if he is not scoring. He wnet through this last year.

Price and Wiggins come to play every night.

Hopefully they are not putting all of their hope on Miles afterall he is the one thing that they talk about "YOUNG and a FRESHMAN"
tyler drew

East Glastonbury, CT

#3 Jan 18, 2008
It's time for Calhoun to put his foot down. I'm tired of hearing how Calhoun has to meet these kids halfway. They knew what they were getting into when they signed on at UConn. Calhoun is a hall of fame coach, he's yelled and stomped hie whole career. Team, if your reading any of this your not that good to demand anything, if you can't appreciate the golden opportunity to learn the basketball fundamental's from a HOF coach and get a degree for free at the same time then leave, or just shut up and play. He doesn't owe you anything.
local

Windsor Locks, CT

#4 Jan 18, 2008
Without a consistent "go to" outside shooter, this UConn team is going nowhere. Their opponents are formulating their defense around shutting down UConn's inside game which appears to be their entire offense. Without an inside-outside offense, they cannot be competitive.
Disappointed Husky Fan

South Windsor, CT

#5 Jan 18, 2008
Well, I have to say this team showed absolutely no improvement from last year agst. Prov. I don't forsee a NCAA spot for them again this year. Very sad.
bassboat

Newport, RI

#6 Jan 18, 2008
It is deeply upsetting that the program has fallen so far so fast ... from a team many picked to win it all two years ago to an 80's flashback that was snubbed by the NIT. Last night's debacle seems a new low. Poor long range planning, poor recruiting, poor attitude and a lack of pride; all of the things that built a respected, even feared, national program appear to be gone. It is already reflected in dropping attendance, as I'm sure it will be in decreased alumni support and recruiting success.
again

East Hampton, CT

#7 Jan 18, 2008
The most PATHETIC game that i have watched to this date.I can watch better games at the local playground.Coach should have put in all of the walkons and sat his SUPERSTARS DOWN!!!On offense what was S ROBINSON doing staying outside beyond the 3 point line all night long.HEs not a guard and should have been around the foul line for some easy baskets!Coach needs to START COACHING.
again

East Hampton, CT

#8 Jan 18, 2008
Disappointed Husky Fan wrote:
Well, I have to say this team showed absolutely no improvement from last year agst. Prov. I don't forsee a NCAA spot for them again this year. Very sad.
THEY WONT MAKE THE NIT EITHER!!!THEY ARE PATHETIC
agonized

Northampton, MA

#9 Jan 18, 2008
I loe Jeff Adrien's toughness, but his shot selection is beyond questionable and he's got hands of stone. This team just doesn't make good decisions.
Uconn 78

Aurora, IL

#10 Jan 18, 2008
Teams have figured it out. They don't cover you on the three so let's take it all night, it's a free shot! Disgusted!
Get someone with some balls bench Robinson, the guy is a shadow, not a ball player. let mandelove play!
Sick

Monroe, CT

#11 Jan 18, 2008
Rock bottom. These kids have no heart, no basketball IQ, and Calhoun has lost total control of them. Why do I pay my hard earned money to watch guys with their hands on their hips playing defense while jump shooters drain 3's all night over and over and over again? From the start this team has not been able to defend the 3.. All Year. They have only gotten worse at it; That is on Calhoun. Stanley Robinson has one highlight dunk, he thinks his job is done for the night. Dyson misses a few early shots, he pouts because someone has a hand in his face. Thabeet gets fouled hard a few times and he hides like a scared kid. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result. I'm as big a Calhoun fan as anyone and no one will ever forget what he's done for this program, this school, and this state, but I think it's time for Jim to consider retiring. You think if they're 14-2 or 15-1 that he'd be having dizzy spells and stomach issues? This group of kids cannot win. We need to start recruiting ones who might be less athletic but are baketball players. One who shoot, pass, dribble, defend and have fire in their bellies. I'm sick of hyped-up superstars who can jump through the roof and only want to dunk, Seven footers with no aggression, speed demons with no brakes, and worst of all kids who don't get back on D. It's hard to cheer for these guys when they're visibly not trying.
anniejj

Philippines

#12 Jan 18, 2008
Any players from PC planned to leave early for the NBA?? None. Any UC players planned to leave early for the NBA- ALL! Therein lies the problem. Bench Th haha beet for the rest of the year . Let him leave. If he comes back he'll be good by his senior year. Develop G Edwards.
Yeah, I know, I'm full of it. But I won't blame JC. I'll wait till next year[if I'm still kicking}.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#13 Jan 18, 2008
Dismal
rick

Westwood, NJ

#14 Jan 18, 2008
UConn has gifted athletes who don't grasp the concept of playing as a team. Last night they employed their playground style of ball against a TEAM. Watching Dysen repeatedly try to go through two or three players and then lose the ball was was frustrating. Robinson looks like he doesn't wish to play . He had one monster game that was amazing and has since disappeared. It's hard to understand. In the past I have been a harsh critic of Calhoun's treatment of his players...I think I change my mind.
Low Husky Fan

United States

#15 Jan 18, 2008
It seems to me that JC needs to have a line up change. Stanley Robinson is no Rudy Gay, Caron Bulter or Rip Hamilton. When Uconn competed they had a small forward with killer instincts. It may be time to take a look at the whole line up. Jeff Adrien is an overachiever at 6'-7", but has difficulty getting his shot off against leapers and taller players. Hasheem Thabeet just is not that good. He needs to stay all four years if he wants to play in the NBA. AJ Price & Doug Wiggins need to start every night, they both leave their heart and soul on the court every night. Jerome Dyson is talented, but has a low basketball IQ. The bench behind Doug Wiggins and Gavin Edwards is a lost cause. Who recruited these guys?? Looks like we got some bad information. Hey Jim Calhoun Marcus Johnson would be looking really good right now.
tmac

Hartford, CT

#16 Jan 18, 2008
Disappointed Husky Fan wrote:
Well, I have to say this team showed absolutely no improvement from last year agst. Prov. I don't forsee a NCAA spot for them again this year. Very sad.
THEY WONT MAKE THE NIT EITHER!!!THEY ARE PATHETIC

There is always the new tournament. But if you are not one of the top 96 teams, why bother. The sad part is even Calhoun looks likes he doesn't care. JC go back to your old ways. At least it will look like someone cares.
Low Husky Fan

United States

#17 Jan 18, 2008
again wrote:
The most PATHETIC game that i have watched to this date.I can watch better games at the local playground.Coach should have put in all of the walkons and sat his SUPERSTARS DOWN!!!On offense what was S ROBINSON doing staying outside beyond the 3 point line all night long.HEs not a guard and should have been around the foul line for some easy baskets!Coach needs to START COACHING.
UCONN has superstars??? They could have fooled me.
Low Husky Fan

United States

#18 Jan 18, 2008
bassboat wrote:
It is deeply upsetting that the program has fallen so far so fast ... from a team many picked to win it all two years ago to an 80's flashback that was snubbed by the NIT. Last night's debacle seems a new low. Poor long range planning, poor recruiting, poor attitude and a lack of pride; all of the things that built a respected, even feared, national program appear to be gone. It is already reflected in dropping attendance, as I'm sure it will be in decreased alumni support and recruiting success.
Decrease in support?? Did you see the attendance for last night's game?? Not a sellout. When has this happened for a Bigeast game????
Joe

Waterbury, CT

#20 Jan 18, 2008
Go Friars!! BOO Calhoun...
dan

United States

#21 Jan 18, 2008
anniejj wrote:
Any players from PC planned to leave early for the NBA?? None. Any UC players planned to leave early for the NBA- ALL! Therein lies the problem. Bench Th haha beet for the rest of the year . Let him leave. If he comes back he'll be good by his senior year. Develop G Edwards.
Yeah, I know, I'm full of it. But I won't blame JC. I'll wait till next year[if I'm still kicking}.
has anyone considered there is pariety in the Big East now? Because some programs are training for the NBA, others keep players for 4 years and still go to the NBA (Ryan Gomes). give P.C. some credit...they are no longer the bottom dwellers of the Big East

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