Look, as anyone who knows me will attest, I love UConn more than any grown man should. As a child I slept in a Ray Allen jersey. A cardboard cutout of Jim Calhoun's head site above my bookcase surveying my room. I have a 7'3" tall "measure yourself against Hasheem" poster on my wall. I have issues. But even I, biased as I am, can't bring myself to agree with the AP and Coaches polls this week, both of which have UConn ranked No. 4 in the country.
After the Maui win, I went on record as saying UConn was one of the best teams in the country, which, at the time meant they were won of the best 10 or 15 squads in the nation. I stand by that and I would still be very happy with UConn going 13-5 and finishing fourth in the Big East, which It think is realistic. But fourth in the country? Well, even I can't go that far yet.
Yes, I understand that these polls are built, in large part, on who has yet to lose, so I can intellectually understand why UConn is No. 4. Still, really? I mean, I can already hear the "overrated" chants coming from the Pitt fans in two weeks. This is a good team, maybe even a very good team, but until someone besides Kemba (and occasionally Oriakhi) proves themselves to be a regular force we can rely on, I can't say they're one of the best four teams in the nation.