When you have the most freakishly athletic players in the conference, you become the pre-season favorite plain and simple. Aside from UNC, no team in America will be able to run with UCONN’s high-octane offense.
Center Hasheem Thabeet and Forward Jeff Adrian will make it tough for any team to drive the lane. Those two players will be mostly responsible for turning defense into offense, setting up the fast break for any of UCONN’s talented guards.
Personally, I think UCONN’s best lineup is Adrian and Thabeet with three guards, Jerome Dyson, A.J. Price, and freshman Kemba Walker. I feel that the three guards all complement each other very nicely. Price being the best passer, Dyson the best shooter and Walker the best off the bounce. Just thinking about the breakneck pace those five play at makes me dizzy.
Nate Miles expulsion will hurt the team’s depth but with players like guard Craig Austrie and forward Stanley Robinson, depth will not be an issue. The only potential problem I see with UCONN is a lack of outside shooting and even that is not a glaring weakness. This team is not only athletic but very well-rounded which makes them the team to beat this season.