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The Huskies haven't been to the Final Four since 2011, and while a run isn't likely, it's not out of the question.
A less-talented UConn team, under a rookie head coach, was able to come away with 20 wins last season and a winning league record in a Big East Conference that sent eight teams to the Big Dance and crowned the eventual national champion.
The Big East has since moved on from the Huskies and left them in the newly minted American Athletic Conference, which among other things, isn't as loaded as they're used to facing. Unlike the old Big East, the AAC only possesses three teams that have the potential to be elite: the defending national champion Louisville, Memphis and UConn.
All three teams will start the season in the preseason Top 25.
Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun combine to make one of the best backcourts in the nation, and head coach Kevin Ollie has reason to be optimistic that the frontcourt will be improved by the continued development of DeAndre Daniels and the arrivals of center Amida Brimah and forward Kentan Facey.
If everything breaks right for the Huskies, they could be in the mix for the inaugural AAC title, and with the right draw, make a deep run into the NCAA tournament.
You know what you're going to get out of Napier, Boatright and Calhoun on a night-by-night basis. You can't say the same for DeAndre Daniels and Tyler Olander, two of the Huskies big men who have struggled to find consistency in their games.
Olander is a center in name only, and while he'll begin the season in the starting lineup, he only averaged a paltry 4.3 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. That isn't close to an imposing line.
The worst case for the Huskies is that the development of their frontcourt doesn't match up with that of their guards, DeAndre Daniels remains an enigma equally capable of brilliance and ineptitude on a nightly basis and the team constantly loses the battle on the glass, as they did all too often a season ago.
If that happens, their backcourt should still be able to propel them to a tournament bid, but all hopes of playing deep into March go out the window.