Huskies Slumping As Big East Tournament Begins
The Connecticut Huskies have been impressive all season long and that’s part of the reason why they had been in the Top 25 for most of it. But anyone who has been keeping tabs on their NCAA basketball game recently might wonder if the milk’s gone bad.
The Huskies fell 70-67 to Notre Dame at home on Saturday, which marked their fourth loss in their last five games. They had been 20-5 (8-5) but now enter the Big East tournament 21-9 and with an even 9-9 record in the Big East.
So because of their recent slump, the Huskies have dropped to ninth in the conference standings and since only the top eight seeds earn bye weeks in the Big East tournament, the Huskies are going to have to keep playing. They’ll start with DePaul in the first round – a team that they will likely pound into submission – but given the season the Huskies had, they would have loved to have some rest.
The concern for Connecticut has to be the fact that they simply aren’t giving enough help to Kemba Walker. Without question, he’s been doing all he do as he provided 34 points in the Huskies latest loss to Notre Dame, which accounted for more than half of his team’s points.
It’s also worth noting that he played all 40 minutes, which shows that coach Jim Calhoun knows that his team can sink quickly whenever his star is on the bench.
And that’s why it would have been nice to get him on the bench for at least one round of the Big East Tournament with a bye, but that clearly didn’t transpire as expected.
Head coach Jim Calhoun is still in search for his 300th conference win (299-173) and the Huskies clearly whiffed on a couple of tries at the end of the season. The Huskies better find some answers soon or their NCAA Tournament run may only last as long as Kemba Walker can carry them.