UConn Basketball: Pros and Cons of Every Conference Where Huskies Could Land

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UConn Basketball: Pros and Cons of Every Conference Where Huskies Could Land
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Connecticut men's basketball program is at a crossroads.

Less than 20 months ago, the UConn Huskies sat atop the college hoops' world, having just dominated Butler to win the 2011 NCAA National Championship.

Five months later, Head Coach Jim Calhoun landed one of the top big men in the recruiting class of 2011, Andre Drummond. More than a few analysts predicted a Final Four return or a title repeat.

But the '11-12 Huskies never got things fully on track, dropping 11 of 16 games in the middle of the season.

If a substandard season wasn't bad enough, UConn was put on probation, banned from postseason play and Calhoun, the coaching legend, retired.

While all this was taking place in Storrs, something bigger was happening in the Big East.

One after another, schools were picking up and moving on.

TCU and West Virginia (Big 12). Syracuse, Pitt and Notre Dame (ACC). Rutgers (Big Ten).

And then, last Saturday, seven Big East schools withdrew from the conference to "pursue a new basketball framework."

The Huskies haven't sat idly by through all of this. They have aggressively, but unsuccessfully pursued entry into the ACC. They have checked into a number of other options, but, as of today, the conference realignment train has departed and UConn is stranded in a decimated Big East.

Let's take a lightning-fast look at the pros and cons of every conference where the Huskies could land.

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