UConn Struggles Continue, Tourney Hopes Up In the Air

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2010

This UConn team is unlike any other in recent years. I've never watched a team constantly struggle during crucial parts of games. In the Big East, only your best effort is going to win games, and it's something UConn needs to start giving.

If that problem isn't corrected, UConn is in for a lot more losses and will certainly not make a postseason tournament. Although UConn is coming off two poor performances, there are still enough games left to make this season a success.

First and foremost, these Huskies have to start playing with the intensity and desire it takes to win in the Big East Conference. There can't be lapses where they go down by 10 or 15 points, because coming back from the deficits isn't easy.

To the same extent, if UConn is winning it can't let up its pressure.  They must put the peddle to the metal. The same things continue to plague UConn in all of its losses this season.

The Huskies continually miss free throws—shots they must make the most of. Also when UConn loses, turnovers are a major issue. Rebounding has been an area in which UConn has just not shown up as well.

There is talk that the Huskies will get Jim Calhoun back coaching on Feb. 6 at Gampel Pavilion against Depaul. With that being said, Calhoun can't simply change his team's attitude and demeanor.

The seniors on this team, Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson, and Gavin Edwards, have to lead the way. These guys have been through a lot at UConn, and I'm sure they don't want to end their collegiate careers on such a sour note.

The real difference-maker on this team could be point guard Kemba Walker. Only a sophomore, he has not adjusted well to being the full-time point guard yet this season. His play is a reason why UConn is falling behind early so often.

Now that the calendar has turned to February, one can only hope this UConn team is ready to turn the corner on its season. They are in a downward spiral now, but if they play to their potential then you never know what will happen come March Madness.

This team has had success in a narrow loss to Kentucky and a strong win at home against a top-ranked Texas team. There is plenty of talent on this UConn team.

Right now as the Huskies sit in a tie for 11th place in the Big East they don't look anything like the UConn teams of the past.

At 13-8, 3-5 in conference this team has greatly underachieved to date. Then again don't count out this UConn team just yet.

With games at Syracuse, at Villanova, and against West Virginia, Connecticut still has the potential to turnaround this season.

It better start quick or else UConn is going to be watching the NCAA Tournament at home. Yet to win on the road, tomorrow night's test at Louisville is simply put a "must win," no ands, ifs, or buts about it.

Let's see if this UConn team can rise to the occasion.