UConn men look to keep momentum rolling while women keep rolling along.
TORRINGTON: After their big win against former Big East foe Georgetown on Saturday at a packed XL Center, what’s next on tap for the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team?
Nothing but a 12-game, in-conference run to the American Athletic Conference Tournament in March. The out-of-conference opportunities have come and gone with UConn having won the last two over Texas and the Hoyas, both great RPI wins.
Now it’s time to take care of the rest of the campaign, one that has seen pockets of inconsistencies that are maddening to anyone who watches a team that one day looks like world beaters, the next game, not so much.
The men are at the XL Center on Thursday to take on a Cincinnati team that is just ahead of them in the AAC with a 5-3 mark, 15-6 overall. UConn is 14-5 overall, 4-2 in the conference.
Beating, or at least splitting the two games with the Bearcats, who are ranked No. 73 in the RPI rankings (UConn is now 58) will be important, no other team in the league is above the 100 mark at present.
SMU, who is not eligible to play in the post-season, dropped their first game of the season to Temple last weekend and is now 18-1 overall, 7-1 in the league.
The Mustangs do not carry an RPI ranking because of their ban but many, including our own Patrick Tiscia, think what happens against SMU will still have some bearing on the post season.
UConn hosts SMU on Thursday, February 18 at the XL Center (a game made for Gampel and a crazy campus crowd) at a time to be determined.
….The UConn women, well, they are the UConn women.
The roll continues as the Huskies now own all three of the longest winning streaks in NCAA history after winning their 55th straight at SMU on Saturday in a 90-37 rout.
Geno Auriemma and his crew will be at Tulsa on Wednesday night before returning to host Memphis at noon on Saturday at the XL Center.
At 18-0, only their February 8 meeting with South Carolina seems to hold any significant challenges as the team looks to roll to another perfect season and a run toward that magical fourth straight National Championship.