Right or wrong, after you win an NCAA Championship, expectations go through the roof for the next season. People automatically talk about cutting down the nets again the following year.
For UConn, even though they lost the team's heart and soul when Kemba Walker decided to enter the NBA draft, many people believed that they would be in the hunt for another title in 2011-12. They were returning most of the core of last year's team, including Preseason All-American selection, SG Jeremy Lamb. Equally important was Jim Calhoun's monster recruiting class that featured Andre Drummond (pictured) and Ryan Boatright.
Most preseason rankings placed UConn in the top four, suggesting that they might be a No. 1 seed come March Madness time.
The Huskies (17-10; 7-8 Big East; currently 10th place) started off the season winning 12 of their first 13 games. But when they crossed over into conference play, Connecticut performed erratically, many times being outplayed by inferior opponents.
After beating South Florida and St. John's to open Big East play, the defending champs have gone 5-8.
For those who are wondering, UConn was 21-9 at the end of last season, losing four of their last five games before going on their miracle (11-consecutive wins) run through the conference tournament and then the NCAA Tournament.
A similar accomplishment this March is not likely.