Why They’ll Win It All: Connecticut

Throughout the week, we’ve stated our case for each of the Final Four teams to win the national championship. We conclude the series today with Connecticut.

There are reasons to like Connecticut to win it all beyond the fact that they’re coming out of the West Regional, like they did during championship runs in 1999 and 2004. First, the gentleman to the right has the ability to shut down the interior. And since the only guy who figured out a way to get the best of Hasheem Thabeet this season, Pittsburgh’s DeJuan Blair, is out of the tournament, I’m liking his chances to control the lane in Detroit.

But it’s far from a one man show for the Huskies. With Thabeet, Stanley Robinson and Jeff Adrien,  UConn has the best front court remaining in the tournament. The season ending injury to Jerome Dyson raised some questions about this team’s ability to advance deep into the tournament, but A.J. Price has taken on more of a scorer’s mentality and it’s working out beautifully. And it doesn’t hurt that freshman Kemba Walker and Craig Austrie have filled in admirably for Dyson down the stretch.

Another factor, which hasn’t been much of a factor at all, is the Yahoo! story accusing Connecticut of serious NCAA violations. Could Jim Calhoun be using a negative and turning it into a positive to motivate his troops? It sure seems like it. Often times when a coach says an off the court story won’t be a distraction, it manages to find its way onto the court. But the early results look promising in this department for Calhoun. And who doesn’t believe that he’d love to win his third championship and then walk away from potential sanctions?

  • jgongora86

    This is the team that I think will win it ( though I really want Michigan state to win it). If Uconn played UNC I think Thabeet would shut down hansborough and cut down Ty lawson from running down the lane for an easy doce ( thats if the refs don't have a unc bias and actually don't call ghost fouls).

  • JerryCT

    Only major weakness is that they are ugly in a half court offense if they go too deep into the clock. If they are not afraid to take an early shot then they are tough to beat. Force them to run offense and they can be shut down.

  • drode83

    Rumors going around that Nick Williams will transfer to FSU.

  • George

    Don't go Nick!

  • JerryCT

    Only major weakness is that they are ugly in a half court offense if they go too deep into the clock. If they are not afraid to take an early shot then they are tough to beat. Force them to run offense and they can be shut down.

  • drode83

    Rumors going around that Nick Williams will transfer to FSU.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    No! Not Nick! I really liked his development this season and he has huge upside. Fits really well at the 3.

  • George

    Don't go Nick!

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