UConn's in need of a little mojo fix. The Huskies have lost their last two games - both at home - and haven't played particularly well in either game.
Kemba Walker's struggles are now well-documented. His insanely hot shooting touch of November and December has worn off, possibly for good (now that he's being double and triple-teamed every night). Jeremy Lamb has stepped up beautifully, and has become the breakout star of the 2010-11 Huskies. Now Jim Calhoun and company need someone else to help carry the load. Paging Alex Oriakhi...
The good news is that the schedule eases up a bit, with @Seton Hall, @St. John's, Providence and Georgetown in the next four games.At minimum, the Huskies should be 20-5 by Feb. 18, when they begin their season-ending run through the Hellish Gauntlet of Middle-Tier Big East Teams (Louisville, Marquette, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Notre Dame).
The bad news is that this is the Big East, and no game is a gimme. (Right, Syracuse?)
Seton Hall has struggled mightly, but they are a streaky team who can shoot the lights out on any given night (though those nights have been few and far between this season). Jeremy Hazell will do his high-volume scoring thing, of course, but watch out for 6-8 Herb Pope, who's nearly averaging a double-double and who will be a handful for our motley crew down low.
However, these are the types of games UConn needs to win. So far the losses have been frustrating (let's never mention Wednesday again, OK?), but they've been to very good teams. The Huskies have to take care of business tonight, and then again Thursday against reeling St. John's, and then again next weekend against pesky Providence.
Coverage of the game is on ESPNU beginning at 7:00. Your open thread will be right here. I will be making the 20-minute sojourn from North Jersey Suburb #352 to the Prudential Center, but that shouldn't stop everyone else from chiming in.
Let's go Huskies.