UConn Update. Football comes to an end. Basketball ramping up.
TORRINGTON: As one season mercifully comes to an end, another is emerging with some intriguing story lines, some expected, some not so much.
---The UConn football team plays their last game of this remarkably puzzling campaign on Saturday when they host Tulane at 4 p.m.
Their 3-8 record was not something many saw coming this season but after several frustrating early season misses (Navy and Syracuse), the campaign has been on a fast and furious fall to the bottom.
Head coach Bob Diaco has been at a loss over the last four weeks to explain why he can’t stop the bleeding after changing offensive coordinators and burning a red shirt at a very curious time when the season seemed lost.
It seems like years since the Huskies went 6-6 and made that Bowl game a year ago but the UConn problems seem to go back to something that haunts all struggling teams; a good offensive line.
I don’t care who you have playing quarterback or trying to run the ball, if they don’t have protection for one and a hole to run through for the other, it won’t matter.
The Green Wave (0-7, 3-8) come into The Rent on Saturday to play a team that has not scored since a Bush was in the White House, or so it seems so trying to predict what will happen is not something I am going to try and tackle.
Expect a less than enthusiastic yet remarkable small crowd of die-hard Huskies fans to be on hand the day after Black Friday.
---The UConn woman had themselves an interesting three game opening in which they beat a pair of ranked teams before rolling over the third on Sunday.
After the Huskies got by Florida State by just a 78-76 final, the expectations for the result against second ranked Baylor at Gample were not high but the chip that may have developed on their collective shoulders after hearing that the winning streak of 76 might be coming to an end was thick.
The Bears walked out of Gample on the wrong side of a 72-61 loss that may have been the start of another superstar’s career as freshman Crystal Dangerfield introduced herself to the Storrs faithful in grand fashion with a 19-point effort.
On Sunday, Katie Lou Samuelson scored a career high 28 as the Huskies took care of LSU by a 76-53 final that was also sparked by Dangerfield.
Samuelson was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week while Dangerfield took home the Freshman Payer of the Week honors for their efforts in the fast start for the four time defending champions.
Dayton comes to Storrs on Tuesday night.
---The UConn men are something of a mystery as well, three games in and with a 1-2 record.
They are now in Maui playing in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and face off against Oklahoma State tonight.
The UConn offense has been the issue so far as the team has struggled to score, averaging just 61.3 points per game.
Terry Larrier is leading the way with 16.7 points per game followed by Jalen Adams at 11.0 but after that they drop off is severe.
Alterique Gilbert might not be able to play at all on the trip because of a shoulder injury after pitching in with 10.3 points per game over the first three.
Center Amida Brimah (6.0) and guard Rodney Purvis (5.7) have been non-factors on offense although Brimah does have 13 blocks over the three games.
A win against OSU is almost a necessary one based on the fact that if the Huskies lose, they play Chaminade in a game that won’t help them at all in the RPI department.
Getting a win and playing against the likes of North Carolina could help and almost needs to happen for UConn.