UConn back to Big East?

Dan Murfman

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Well there is very little chance that Bouknight is back next year. Im glad they’re back in the Big East and I know they’ve had some games postponed but in their first 4 games it reminds me it’s not our father’s Big East. The first 4 games they play are against teams from Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana.
 

Dan Murfman

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Very encouraging. No Bouknight and they still have a solid win on the road. Might crack the top 25 for the first time in awhile.
 

StuckOnYouk

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This team has really good depth. Rarely is there a player on the floor where I"m wincing anytime the ball goes in their hand. I mean when the 8th or 9th best guy on your roster is someone like Brendon Adams or Jalen Gaffney, that's pretty darn good.
And I love what Tyrese Martin brings to this team....and this is all without Akok or Andre Jackson who have had injury issues (Akok finally getting a few minutes yesterday).

Very good recruiting class coming in next year, Hurley has done a hell of a job turning this around. It just sucks the Nova game is off for now.
 

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If you told me UCONN would slash 40%/28%/54%, get outrebounded by 10 with Bouknight still out, I'd assume they would have lost-- even against DePaul. Great, rock fight-kind of win. They really played through Martin, especially down the stretch. The defense was phenomenal, holding the Blue Demons to four points over the final eight minutes. Impressive, gritty victory on the road.
 

StuckOnYouk

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It's his non-shooting arm, which is definitely helpful.
Bouknight is a lottery pick. I would have hated to lose the chance to watch him play more... but he should be healed with a chance to get a few games under his belt before we head to MSG.
 

Clears Cleaver

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I've lost interest in this very average team and, not surprisingly, all of CBB. The Zags were legit good the times I saw them but I'm not sure that Baylor is really elite. No one else is even remotely impressive or even interesting. Which brings me to why I am posting here. The Big East has been a massive disappointment. It is really not a good league. it is a collection of very average teams with few NBA players. Creighton is clear #2? yikes, that team has nothing but a lot of older non-pros kids. 1-12 years ago they'd be no better than the 8th or 9th best team. Even Villanova this year is pretty crappy. They have a great coach but the talent is mediocre, at least relative to the last 6 or 7 years. Uconn is impossible to watch, and Hurley is being exposed as a one-trick fake tough-guy pony. None of the other programs are even worth talking about. Sucks, I really wanted to get back into CBB with UConn returning to the BE and perhaps relevancy.

I think the bigger issue is that CBB is just not what it was and it will never be that way again. I get all the reasons why, I don't blame anyone or anything, but the product is just so bad now...its a shame.
 

Plantiers Wart

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CBB has been hit hard by Covid - No tourney last year to provide some growth for the young talent, not much if any summer ball, limited practice this season, and sporadic games thus far. These are kids who are missing out on a year plus of development at the very moment they need it most. The teams with older kids -like Creighton - are the ones who are best suited to thriving. The one and done academies, like Duke, Kentucky, UNC, are struggling. I wouldn't give up just yet on CBB, or on UConn and Hurley. He is recruiting like a MFer, which is most of the battle. He lost his best player, a true legit scorer who is a likely lottery pick. He and they - will be fine.
 

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Personally I think UConn has been very fun to watch over the last few weeks without Bouknight, they've played tough every game and managed to pull most of them out without their only tunable scorer. I also think the Big East is a very noticeable step up from the years of watching AAC games. It may not be the old Big East, but it's far better than playing Tulsa and Tulane.

Hurley came in with next to nothing to work with and he's built this team back up as fast as one can. Two years ago they were awful, last year they played a lot of close games only to lose in the last minute or in OT. This year they have been finishing games that they would have blown last year. And they got ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2016, and again that included winning road games without Bouknight. I could not be more optimistic than I am right now, given where this program was at three years ago.
 

Clears Cleaver

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Wow, you guys have more patience than me. I get COVID has hit the game hard, the schedule is all over the place, no continuity, etc. Doesn't mean its good, though., Because it is not. And UConn is impossible to watch. Clogged toilet offense. But they play hard at least, different than the Ollie era post 2013

Hurley came in with nothing...his recruiting acumen is still TBD as the only players that are remotely decent on this team are upperclassmen (besides Boaknight - Hurley's first ever NBA player). Cole stinks, the freshman have been busts for the most part (Jackson has no idea how to play). I am not a fan of the Diggins kid, he looks like a non-athletic PG (like Hurley himself and like Cole). Hopefully the others will be better. You know Hurley coming into this season had TWO wins against top 25 teams in his career. One was versus Houston last year that ultimately meant nothing. the other was while at URO against a Seton hall team that missed the NCAAs. I am not ready to anoint this guy even a good coach yet.

This season is what it is. Next year's team is not going to be better than this year's team. Fringe NCAA team at best.

And the Big East sucks. I was shocked at how mediocre all these teams are. there just isn't any real talent. The football P5 is going to keep getting better and better and the Big East will get worse and worse relatively speaking. If Jay Wright leaves or retires, the Big east is kind of a joke conference
 

Humphrey

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Make that P4 and I might buy your rant. Bill Walton's "Conference of Champions" ain't making it in football AND basketball.