Connecticut is probably still in the field of 68 as of now, but it could not have looked worse than what we saw Thursday night.
There wasn’t a loaded slate in college hoops Thursday. UConn had a big road game at SMU in a 9 p.m. ET spot. And it failed to show up in every way. SMU won 80-54 and put the Huskies on spin cycle for two hours. Connecticut had 17 turnovers and shot 34 percent. It was unable to do anything against SMU, and Huskies fans have to be wondering if the team has the capability to turn things around.
UConn has talent. It has a good coach.
But if it plays in the American Athletic Conference tournament the way it did Thursday, pretty much any team is going to dispatch this crew. Sterling Gibbs put up 20 points but also had five turnovers.
The loss splits the season series between the two teams, but this now means two straight losses for the Huskies. Kevin Ollie’s team has dropped three of the past four, in fact. And the win was against 7-23 South Florida.
Credit must be dished to SMU, which has played out its season without the prospect of postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. The Ponies are now 25-4 and 13-4 in the league. They would probably be a No. 2 seed if eligible. What could have been.
UConn’s regular season wraps up this weekend in Storrs, Connecticut, against Central Florida. Few teams have been as frustrating as UConn this season, because there is certainly a lot of talent there. And that’s why, no matter what seed it gets in the NCAAs (if it gets there; it still needs to make sure it gets one more win), it will be a danger because of the playmakers it has.