#52 UConn Huskies: College Football 77 in 77

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Usually in Storrs, college football is a placeholder, an opening act before the college basketball season begins. However, this year the academic rating is so low for UConn hoops that they’re not allowed to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Therefore, they’ll have to be a football school this year. LOL!

Actually the Connecticut Huskies have come a long way since going division I. They have been to a BCS bowl already. Which was a financial and on-the-field disaster, but still. This year they could finish anywhere from 4-8 to 8-4.

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College Football 77 in 77: #58 Connecticut Huskies

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When it comes to the Connecticut Huskies, it’s hard not to think of college basketball ahead of college football. In hoops, they’re the reigning national champions, even though they’re likely to be facing some heavy sanctions soon. The football team is obviously not as successful as the basketball squad, but they’re also not as slimy and corrupt either.

UConn became possibly the worst BCS team in history last season, mostly because the Big East had to send somebody. The Huskies are an often overlooked program because they haven’t been in D1 all that long, but they have been bowling every year since 2006, won the conference in ’07 (just like last year) and are one of the most up-and-coming programs in all of college football.

This year will be a transition though, as they have a new coach in Paul Pasqualoni. Randy Edsall has moved on to take the Maryland Terrapins job.

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Who Really Thought the UConn Huskies Would Get Here?

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The Connecticut Huskies have quietly been the surprise of the season. Butler and VCU are the surprises of the tournament, yes, but no one expected this out of Connecticut.  This season has been full of surprises, but there hasn’t been one bigger than the progression of the Connecticut Huskies.

The team went through the Jim Calhoun recruiting violations and his possible retirement.  They were considered a team that was too young and couldn’t handle the distractions that surrounded them. They were considered to only be a one man show and no way could they survive the Big East. Then, they started off the season surprising top 10 ranked teams in the Michigan State Spartans and Kentucky Wildcats in Maui. Everyone fell in love with Kemba Walker and named him king of college basketball. Until the Jimmer took over, Kemba was the nation’s leading scorer.

But then the inexperience and youth showed itself during the rigorous Big East schedule while the Huskies struggled down the stretch. With only a 9-9 record in the conference they were more like the team they were supposed to be – a young team with talent that wasn’t ready.

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Nation’s Leading Scorer (UConn’s Kemba Walker) Badly Needs Help

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Depending on how you define “mid-major” and “high major,” the leading scorer in all of college basketball usually doesn’t come from a high-major power conference. Houston’s Aubrey Coleman took home the honor last year. And going back to 1998-99 (take a look at the list here), I guarantee you’ve never heard of any of the scoring champions, other than Davidson’s Stephen Curry in ’09 and Adam Morrison in ’06 of course.

Why? Because power conference teams have more depth and talent than the small schools, enabling them to spread the ball around and away from their most talented player. The little guys can’t.

Connecticut’s 6-1 Junior point guard Kemba Walker is the nation’s leading scorer, averaging 26.5 points per game. In addition, he leads the Big East in steals.

By Paul M. Banks

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#14 Notre Dame Beats #8 UConn: Chicago Area’s Best Team?

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Although Notre Dame is about a two hour drive from Chicago, and within a different state and time zone as the second city- they still might be Chicago’s best college basketball team.

In college football, the Irish have captured the hearts of Chicago. And if winning like this in hoops continues (a 73-70 win over #8 Connecticut Tuesday night) they might just become the favorite in college hoops too.

The Irish came out of the gates shooting lights out from distance (going 7-14 from behind the arc in the first half), and never trailed the entire game. On the other end, they limited the nation’s leading scorer Kemba Walker to 19 (8 below his average) on 8-23 shooting. Thus ended Kemba’s 11 game 20+ scoring streak.

By Paul M. Banks

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What Is The Big Ten’s Next Expansion Move?


With Nebraska in the fold (and Zombie Tom Osborne apparently their athletic director — seriously, he looks undead in that photo!), The Big Ten has some decisions to make.

Do they stay at 12 teams? Do they continue to expand as all their major conference counterparts frantically do the same, or do they save themselves?

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