And That’s The Way It Is
- Aug 26, 2011
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Including all tournaments, how many games will UConn lose this year?
Really tough to say at this point. I think there are nine key unknowns at this point (Caroline's health, KML's progress, Kiah's ability to play meaningful minutes at the 4, Tiff's leadership/conistsency, Kelly's offense, Banks's progress, the magnitude of Stef's sophomore leap, same for Bria, whether we can get significant minutes against good teams from Micahala/Buck/Lauren). If those questions turn out mostly in UConn's favor, UConn is a legit NC threat. If more are negative than positive, NC or Bust's prediction of eight losses isn't especially far-fetched.
I cannot wait for the Stanford game. That's really going to be a huge measuring stick for how good UConn can be this year, win or lose. @Baylor is a bit less so to me. I expect Baylor to win at their place.
Hey! Watch what you say.Why weren't you nicknamed "The Voice of Reason?" Be careful you may find "The Voice of Subversion" under your avatar!
So, what would you be willing to bet?
And if your name is NC or Bust, why would you pick them to lose in the NCAA's?
this is exactly why i said 4. i think we CAN win the NC and we CAN win the BET and we COULD win every regular season game this year, but believe it or not, i see this as our rebuilding year. teams better look to take it to UCONN this year because it won't happen for a VERY long time after...I went with a higher number than normal--3. Yes, we have questions, but we always have questions. In 2008, can we get over the hump and get back to the Final Four? How can we win without Mel and Kalana? In 2009, can we get by Stanford? Can Tina slow down Jayne? In 2010, who will replace Renee, the Lieberman Award winner ? In 2010, who will replace Tina, the Naismith winner? Can any of these freshmen contribute?
We always have a tough schedule. Losing games and having competitive games are not the same thing. Every year, we have 10-12 games on the schedule that look competitive. Some look tougher than others, e.g., Duke at Cameron. But, of those 10-12, only half are realistically "loseable." I figure we split those, which gets me to 3.
I won't pick specific games that we'll lose, but the most difficult:
At Notre Dame
Big East Championship
I'm comfortable with Stanford, A&M, and Notre Dame at home. UNC is not strong enough now. Duke is coming but still not there. Georgetown will miss McNutt, be unable to stop Stef, and struggle with our balance. We have outstanding talent, ultracompetitive kids, and the best coaches.
It will take a subpar effort against a top 10 team for us to lose. If I had only 2 choices: (1) undefeated season or (2) 8+ losses, I really would choose the first as the more likely.
I'm in agreement with you, Tony.The only games I think we have a chance of losing are at Baylor and at ND. With that said the difference will be Stef in the middle. There arent many teams that can match up with her underneath. Stanford will be a good game the difference being at the guard positions. A couple of things to remember.
First last season we were up 16 on Baylor. Their comeback was led by UConn being in foul trouble with a short bench. Remember it was Bria who pulled the game out for us not Maya.
We beat ND last season 3 times before the bum calls in the FF or we wouldve been NC again.
Stanfords loss was right after we broke UCLAs record win streak. I like Stef in the middle againest Stanford and I like the fact that our outside shooters will be going up againest kids that didnt start last season for Stanford. Stanford will have to play great perimiter defense againest UConn.
I think UConn has a better chance of going undefeated then losing any more then 4 games this season. JMO. UConn is better then advertised because of all the returning players who can play defense.