Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Struggling UConn Will Have to Win American Tournament to Return to NCAAs
The American Athletic Conference will shift its postseason tournament to Hartford, Conn., from Memphis this year.
And that’s a good thing for the UConn Huskies.
At 11-8 overall and 4-3 in the American following a 70-58 loss Thursday at Cincinnati, it sure looks like the only way the Huskies will get a chance to defend their NCAA championship is if they win their postseason tournament in their home state.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has three American teams in his latest bracketology — Tulsa, SMU and Cincinnati.
“The end is coming,” UConn senior guard Ryan Boatrighttold Dave Borges of the New Haven Register following the Cincinnati loss. “We’ve only got (11) games left. We don’t have too many shots against a good team like this.”
Of those 11 games, six are on the road, where UConn is just 2-3 this season.
“It’s just frustrating, because I know how good we can be,” said Boatright. “I know how good we’re capable of playing. To go out there and perform like that as a team, myself included, is just frustrating.”
Since the Huskies left the Big East Tournament, there will be no more Madison Square Garden magic in March.
Now they’ll have to do it in Hartford.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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