Big East Tournament 2012: Can UConn Make Another Run?

MichaelContributor IIMarch 7, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 07:  Andy Rautins #1 of the Syracuse Orange goes to the hoop against the Connecticut Huskies during the first round of the Big East Championship at Madison Square Garden On March 7, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After surviving an overtime scare from in-conference rival West Virginia, the Huskies of Connecticut are once again in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.

Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb led the way for the Huskies in the second half as UConn rallied from behind to claim yet another Big East Tournament victory.

Now, the million-dollar question is this: Do the Huskies have enough fire power to compete with the likes of Syracuse, Georgetown and Notre Dame?

Throughout the regular season, Connecticut dropped four out of five games against the top three seeds in the Big East.

But, as every college sports fan knows, the regular season gets thrown out the window in these types of games.

Although the regular season means little in these games, the fatigue is still the same. The Huskies have played two more games than the Orange and are nearly running on empty.

With the overtime battle that Andre Drummond, Napier and Lamb went through today, I just don't see this year's Connecticut team completing another fantastic run.

Syracuse stud Scoop Jardine is going to manage the game, and Kris Joseph has the opportunity to make a statement with a monster game under the lights.

Yes, UConn has the momentum and maybe even the New York crowd behind them but, unfortunately, the 'Cuse is too powerful this season.