Uconn To Face First Test Of The Season Tonight at The Garden

Robert BContributor INovember 25, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 28:   Forward Stanley Robinson #21 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates after winning the West Region by defeating the Missouri Tigers 82-75 in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 28, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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So far this basketball season has not gone the way this Uconn team planned on.  Yes, they are 3-0, but i think everyone expected them to really blow out opponets like William & Mary, Colgate, and Hofstra not struggle with them.  Like any other season expectations are high for this team, and with their play right now it will be hard to live up to those expectations.  When they continue Preseason NIT play at Madison Square Garden we may really figure out how good this team really is.  Their first test is the LSU Tigers, who are a very solid basketball team and very capable of knocking off the Huskies.  Uconn's main problems this season has been the lack of rebounding and their half court offense.  Traditionally this team has been strong on the boards, but this season they have given up offense rebounds to smaller teams.  Their half court offense has been bad to say the least, each team has shown some type of zone against the Huskies.  Instead of attacking it, they pass the ball along the perimeter and end up with a bad shot late in the shot clock.  They have three reliable players in Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson, and Stanley Robinson but these guys have not had a game where they all play well.  This team's biggest question night to night is what will they get from the bench, Jim Calhoun is really relying on unproven freshman to give him quality minutes.  So far as expected the group has struggled, Jamal Coombs-Mcdaniel has been up and down and after that there is not one guy Calhoun really counts on.  If this team wins against LSU, they will most likely face the Duke Blue Devils.  If this team wants any chance of beating LSU and Duke and winning the NIT tournament they will have to take their play to a new level and all the question marks with this team may be answered.