Uconn Men's Basketball: Back to the Final Four in '09

Dustin SenorContributor IApril 24, 2008

People may look back at this past college basketball season and think of a few things. What happened to Duke? Was Davidson really that good?

There was one topic, however, that made a Big East powerhouse look like a band of hooligans; the suspension of UConn guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins. The two were suspended for an alcohol violation that violated long time coach Jim Calhoun's rules.

Many people might have thought that the suspension of a starter (Dyson) and the team's sixth man might be demoralizing to the chemistry of the ball club, or any club for that matter. However, the Huskies took off and never looked back. UConn won 10 in a row after the suspension of the duo and never looked back, becoming the four seed in the NCAA tournament's West bracket.

Many ask why did the team become sloppy? There can be fingers pointed in many directions, but the most likely possibility is Jerome Dyson. When he came back to play after his suspension, the Huskies struggled to find wins. They were the fourth seed in the Big East tournament and were bounced in the first round by the West Virginia Mountaineers. After Dyson's return, the team's record was right around .500, including those two tournament losses.

Next year, if forward Jeff Adrien and seven-footer Hasheem Thabeet stay in college, the team will return all the players from last year's team. In addition, the Huskies also signed a few recruits for next season including, the nation's third ranked point guard Kemba Walker from Rice High School in New York, New York and four-star Nate Miles from Patterson North Carolina. It seems that the team is only getting better. The Huskies were ranked sixth in the rivals.com pre-preseason poll. It looks like the only way is up from here.