With any postseason play off the table thanks to poor APR scores from several years ago, Wednesday's matchup with the Big East leader Syracuse Orange may very well be the biggest game of the Huskies' season.
At first glace, this game seems like a mismatch. UConn lost much of its talent from last season to the NBA draft and transfers, and Syracuse looks to be in the thick of the hunt for a national title.
This has, however, consistently been the marquee rivalry in the Big East for years and with Syracuse bolting to the ACC next season, it will be the last time these powerhouses matchup as Big East foes.
With the number of historic battles these teams have had in the past and the amount of pride on the line in this final showdown, it's hard to see this game not being a dogfight.
It may not go six overtimes, but count on Kevin Ollie to get his guys pumped up and to make this game competitive. Here are five keys for the Huskies to take down the Orange in Hartford on Wednesday.