UConn is 10-4 and unranked.  They’ve lost close games to Seton Hall, Michigan State, West Virginia, and Providence.  Their largest loss margin on the year is 4.

Connecticut doesn’t do anything exceptional offensively.  They turn the ball over 12 times a game, shoot a pedestrian 44% from the floor, and 34% from 3.  If they have a major strength offensively it’s in sharing the ball.  The Huskies average 15 assists a game.  This year in college basketball many of the best teams don’t convert at the free throw line, UConn does, making 75% of their attempts.

The Huskies are one of the most difficult teams to score against.  They give up 62 points per game and hold opponents to 40% from the floor and just 10 assists per game.  When a team does score on volume on them, it’s probably at the free throw line.  Connecticut commits an average of 18 fouls against opponents per game.

RJ Cole leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game but he’s far from the best or important player on the team.  UConn’s major competitive advantage lies in their size and depth.  When healthy the Huskies go a legitimate 9 deep. Few can match up in the post against 6’9 240 lb. Adama Sanogo.  Four Huskies are 6’9 or taller, and every one of them contributes.  Arguably their most talented player, Akok Akok, doesn’t start.

The Huskies played an extremely close game on the road against Seton Hall today.  They took the Pirates to overtime and ended up losing 90-87.

UConn is currently as low as 75/1 to win it all at Sportsbooks around the country.

Do they have what it takes to win it all?  If they stay healthy, yes.  This is team that could go under the radar all year and “surprise” in the NCAA Tournament.

– JD