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UConn woman keep rolling, men struggle in a mighty way.

POSTED January 06, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: It has simple been amazing to watch as the UConn women have taken on and beaten every challenge in front of them so far this season.

With this being the first year that we have covered the Huskies without stars named Breanna, Mariah and Morgan, I wasn’t sure what to expect as things got going, especially after a close call in their first game on the road against Florida State.

When the ladies escaped with a 78-76 win in the season opener, I had the same thoughts as most folks. One that concluded that this team was going to lose multiple games as they figured out their identity.

Time after time though, each and every one of us has been proven wrong and as they approach their 90th straight win, which should come on Tuesday night at the XL Center in Hartford when they host AAC foe, USF, where do we now see this loss coming?

Who knows.

The teams they faced and beat in December were impressive. Texas, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Ohio State and Maryland.

Credit UConn head coach Geno Auriemma for putting together such a challenging schedule to test his new team but even the legendary one didn’t see this coming and at times was hoping his team would get beat, if just to send a message to them early in the year.

The Big Three have been replaced by the Medium Three with Katie Lou Samuelson, Naphessa Collier and Gabby Williams all lifting their games to the heights expected from a UConn woman’s team.

So, if you are around on Tuesday night, take a ride to the old girl formally known as the Civic Center and enjoy something truly amazing.

Enjoy watching a team that is not anywhere as good as they may be a year from now when the two transfers, Azura Stevens and Batouly Camara join them next fall.

A scary thought for the rest of the country.

Most thought this would be a rebuilding year, all were wrong who thought that.

….It’s real tough to witness what is happening to the UConn men at the moment.

Sitting at 5-9, in the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Huskies are showing their collective frustrations on their sleeves.

The injuries are one thing. Can’t get away from them but the inability to get much of anything out of their guards on the offensive end is truly remarkable.

They are scoring just over 60 points per game, if you throw out the two 90 plus games very early in the year and have averaged just 55 points per game in their first three AAC contests.

Only Jalen Adams (15.9) and Rodney Purvis (12.8) are scoring in double digits and the back -court duo were involved in a shouting match during a time out in their 70-61 loss to Memphis on Thursday night.

There are no easy answers at this point.

It might just be a lost year.

 

 

 

 

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