Alex Oriakhi enticed UConn fans and the college basketball world last year (and especially last March) when he looked like the next coming of Emeka Okafor.
Last season, he was just slightly short of being a double-double guy (9.6 ppg; 8.7 rpg), and he was an intimidating force in the middle of the Huskies lineup.
After putting up 11 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking four shots in the NCAA Championship game, it looked like the 6'9" forward from Lowell, Massachusetts was ready to take over this season.
Instead, Oriakhi's production is seriously down in 2011-12.
He is scoring less than seven points per game, and his rebounding numbers have almost been cut in half (4.9 rpg this season).
Last season, Oriakhi had 14 double-figure rebounding games (with a high of 21 against Texas). This year, he has 14 games of four rebounds or fewer. OUCH!
Without putting the Huskies' 2011-12 struggles on him, if Oriakhi would have just maintained his level of performance from last year, UConn would have won no less than five games that they have lost this season.