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WATCH: Kevin Ollie Says UConn Men’s Basketball Team is a “Work in Progress”

The UConn men’s basketball coach responded to Mick Cronin’s comments that his team was a wild card.

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Last week, Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin said that the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team was a “wild card” to get into the NCAA Tournament based on their rebuilt roster and out-of-conference schedule.

“They’re the ultimate wild card for our league,” Cronin said of the Huskies, who will play Villanova, Arizona, Auburn and Syracuse during the program’s non-conference schedule in addition to three games in the PK 80. “If they win some of their early games against some of the competition they’re playing, they’re a lock to get in.”

However, UConn head coach thinks of his team as more of a “work in progress” rather than a wild card. With so many new pieces, the team is certainly going to have to mesh together quickly, but there still is the talented core of Jalen Adams, Terry Larrier, and Alterique Gilbert. With players like Christian Vital and some experienced along with two experienced graduate transfers and two more from junior college, the whole thing could come together just fine.