We have seen many different versions of this year's UConn Men's Basketball team. But for all their struggles across the season, excused or unexcused, they are still in solid position with Amida Brimah back in the lineup and star sophomore Daniel Hamilton regaining his offensive touch.
Jalen Adams' development as a leader of the offense has also spurred the Huskies, who seem to be playing their best basketball of the season right now. Adams pairs nicely with Sterling Gibbs in the starting backcourt and when Rodney Purvis comes into the game off the bench he gives UConn a spark on both ends of the court.
Head coach Kevin Ollie, the wild lineup scientist, has found the combination that works. He knows who he can count on, and who needs to stick with him on the bench. There are no more excuses for this team anymore with Brimah now fully healthy.
The Huskies must pounce on the four opportunities they have in their next four games (@Temple, Tulsa, SMU, @Cinci) and remind the rest of the NCAA why there are four banners hanging in Gampel Pavilion. The two most recent banners are up there because those UConn teams peaked at the right time. Can this one do it too?
Luckily for UConn, the national field is wide open. But they still need to make sure they're in the game. The American schedule isn't as media or RPI-friendly as other mid-major conferences but nobody will want to face this team as a 6 or 7-seed in the tournament.
Now it's on the players and Ollie, who has been the target of some quick-twitch criticism, to realize the potential we all saw this offseason after two experienced graduate transfers filled the exact needs of a talented roster and inspired hopes for another deep NCAA Tournament run.
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