There's No Defense For UConn's Loss

There's No Defense For UConn's Loss

There are 55 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 22, 2008, titled There's No Defense For UConn's Loss. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

T AMPA, Fla. - The stat sheet will show UConn lost at the end. The stat sheet lies.

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Ashburn, VA

#1 Mar 22, 2008
uconn has the wrong playerds on scholarship-these guys haven't earned a free ride except adrien and price-dump the bunch of underachievers and lets start over. i can't wait to see thabeet get his butt handed to him again at the next level. who wants a 7-3 guy who just got eaten alive by a 6-8 forwarfd.

maybe more gavin next year and let stanley go home

problem is next years class is thin
oh well

Monroe, CT

#2 Mar 22, 2008
kids will be kids, it at least proved Bobby Knight wrong, he said on ESPN the other night that "talent wins first round games" we have far more talent but lost. Why, kids being kids, they thought it would be easy and were quite surprised when the opponent did not roll over for them and never adjusted until it was too late. Look back over the year and think of the games where we looked bad, every one was a game we expected to win - Providence, both times, WVU in the BE tourney - we had just beaten them and figured would again. We excelled during the stretch where we were short players because the players had to work hard to mentally overcome the self perceived disadvantage. During that stretch they played to their potential and more giving us a glimpse of what they could achieve.

Kids being kids, oh well maybe next year they will figure it out but being kids I am not going to count on it.
Cupcake Revenge

Springfield, MA

#3 Mar 22, 2008
What a joke, Uconn lost the game because they got a ego from a bloated record playing high school levels teams. Play some tough games next season so your ready to bring it.

Uconn-victs got what they deserved!.. egg on their face.

boo hoo

United States

#4 Mar 22, 2008
that was not an upset.uconn deserved a lower seeding.

Yorktown Heights, NY

#5 Mar 22, 2008
I feel sorry for Jeff Adrien. He looked like the only one who came to play. How a team with so much talent could continue to play with so little enthusiasm is a mystery to me.

Woodbury, CT

#6 Mar 22, 2008
Four straight first-round losses in the Big East Tournament, a national championship opportunity lost with an upset defeat to George Mason, didn't make the tournament at all last year, barely beat Albany State in the first round of the NCAAs two years ago and now this - the unkindest cut of all - a losss to SAN DIEGO. For shame. It's time to shake things up in Storrs. This is unacceptable!
GSB 120

Glastonbury, CT

#7 Mar 22, 2008
Uninspired flat play at this time of year is a combo of player ego & past its prime coaching. JC's approach certainly didn't motivate this group that is not as talented as reported. The off season will be interesting; JC retire? Who transfers? Who tries the NBA?

Yorktown Heights, NY

#8 Mar 22, 2008
I agree that it is time for a shakeup otherwise it will be more of the same next year. As to talent level...Calhoun has brought in extremely talented players but the talent seems to be all from the neck down.

Wethersfield, CT

#9 Mar 22, 2008
UConn has become a place to groom players for the NBA more than it is trying to form a competitive college basketball team. The Huskies' flat, uninspired play in the past few years of postseason play just further illustrates that the type of players UConn recruits are only thinking about not getting hurt late in the year and ruining their NBA draft status. Winning big games with hustle and determination is no longer important to this team. This team/program needs a spark (and they need to show emotion come tournament time).

United States

#10 Mar 22, 2008
Outplayed and Outcoached
ray in tampa fl

Thonotosassa, FL

#11 Mar 22, 2008
upset? where? i thought UCONN looked like the lower seed. when UCONN tied it at 60 all, did you notice SAN DIEGO how they went on a 6-0 run as if to say hey wait a minute you guys not us are the underdogs. as far as im concerned it was not an upset it was expected. when you don't have someone who can hit a three at crucuial times you are not a very good basketball team. we need a three point shooter

Norfolk, VA

#12 Mar 22, 2008
I didn't expect much from UCONN during these NCAAS because they really weren't dominant throughout this season. They matured because last year they lost those close games they won this year. The problem with this team is that we can't shoot the 3 or defend it. Our teams that had won championships before did this very well. We lack toughness. It was disappointing to see Thabeet putting the ball in the rim lightly. He looked lost. He looked scared. The other thing about this team is that we have No one that scares other teams on offense. Kelley and Robinson were suppose to be those guys but we haven't really gotten much from those guys. Adrien and Price are very good players but they aren't the players that can control and game and teams have to game plan for. Mind you, I think we have a good team a "C" team. We are just ok and nowhere close to being contenders. We can make the tournament every year and this will probably happen. As far as Thabeet, someone needs to show him the tape. He is not very good on offense and loses interest on defense at times. He needs all 4 years at UCONN to maximize the money wants at the next level. The NBA doesn't have time to develop talent. They expect you to come with something. As of right now..Thabeet is just big....means that he will get drafted in the 1st round and sit on someones bench for 4 years and bounce around for 3 more years and disappear. I hope he stays! As far as recruiting goes, we need to find difference makers...real shooters because we don't have that now. I know some people will be upset about my comments about our team but I have been a fan since "83" and have seen the good, bad and yesterday's ugly.

Glastonbury, CT

#13 Mar 22, 2008
calhoun, we love you, but PLEASE bring in one pure shooter and one defensive stud.

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Mar 22, 2008
"Discipline", that has been the key element missing over the past 3 years. Keeping focused on the game, foregoing individual needs, running play as designed, never missing assignments, etc. And discipline starts with the head coach. Screaming at players during games is not discipline. It's just embarrassing to team, coach and player alike. "Fragile" has been used so many times by the coaching staff, and the word has no place in upper level sports. Might as well insert the word "wimps" or "babies", because any way you look at it, the coaching staff sees this group of kids as weak. Win tough games? Yeah, they did that, and showed what COULD be - with consistent discipline and motivation. An I think THAT is what makes fans go negative: seeing enormously talented individuals, with POTENTIAL to play as a powerful team, be allowed to flounder and stand around while teams of lesser-talented men play to their potential as teams (remember George Mason?). Kudos to whoever same up with "UCONN: where the men are boys and the women are champions".
Win or lose, the Lady Huskies are guarranteed to give their best. GO HUSKIES!
Betty Boop

Arrington, TN

#15 Mar 22, 2008
Jeff Adrien seemed to be the only one that came to play other than Price who landed out getting hurt. What a shame...As a whole we had a pretty good season for a young team and hopefully will be a more mature team next season. My best to AJ Price..Sure hope your injury is a minor one.

Bloomfield, CT

#16 Mar 22, 2008
Congratualtions to San Diego for outplaying us.

Our defense stunk. A simple pick and roll play beat us time after time. Out players don't know how to switch-whose fault is that?

Tully, NY

#17 Mar 22, 2008
I still see Dyson as more of a detriment. He is almost always out of control, leads the team in turnovers, and plows his way to the basket, at least half the time called for a charge.

Thabeet does much better when his offense comes off a rebound or when he doesn't have to think. He thinks he can do more than he can-it is almost painful watchng him get an entry pass ( too far out ) and "try" to make a dribble move to the hoop, When he receives the ball in the paint it seems as if he needs to go 100 miles-it is difficult to watch. And 75% of the time he puts the ball down to the floor-might as well be 4'2"


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Saint James, NY

#20 Mar 22, 2008
Coach gotta go.

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