The No. 7 seed UConn Huskies (26-8) return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in two years on Thursday afternoon in Buffalo, N.Y., taking on the surging No. 10 seed St. Joseph's Hawks.
The last time the Huskies took the court during March Madness was in 2012. That team lost to Iowa State in the second round, and this year's bunch will be looking to extend their stay beyond that. UConn is accustomed to being perennial national title contenders, but this time around, the road to glory begins against St. Joe's, and nothing is guaranteed.
The Hawks present many challenges—not only for the Huskies but for any team that could face them in the tournament. They have an extremely talented guard in Langston Galloway, a unique hybrid forward in Halil Kanacevic and a ton of momentum.
This game is anything but a gimme for Kevin Ollie's bunch, and if they hope to carve out their own March legacy in Huskies lore, the road begins on Thursday.
These are the top challenges that UConn faces in its second-round contest with St. Joseph's.