It's essentially been a really fortunate full-season collapseReal trouble, Tulsa gets another goal to make it 2-1. Now about 19 minutes left. I'm thinking UConn needs a win to keep in the running for a bye in the first round of the NCAA tournament. A losing streak will bring out the specter of another late season collapse.
The UConn loss to Tulsa dropped the Huskies RPI to 26, so it is fair to assume that we don't have to worry about UConn getting a bye in NCAA tournament unless perhaps if the Huskies run the table table in the AAC tournament. UConn is now the 4 seed in the AAC tourney, and set to play Temple Tuesday night. Temple's RPI is now 127. It is very possible that if UConn does not win this game that they will not get an NCAA bid. If UConn does win, they would then play Central Florida, the No. 1 seed. That one would be a very difficult game for the Huskies to win, as I thought the Huskies were very lucky (there's that word again) to get a tie when they played Central Florida during the regular season.
Their late season collapses go back further than 3 years. They lost consecutive NCAA tournament home games in 2005, 2006, and 2007 and then again in 2009, 2010 and 2011.I'd hope for Reid to be fired but Benedict would probably hire his assistant.
What is this the 3rd late season collapse in a row? Last 2 years cost them a NCAA berth and they threw away a chance for homefield in the AAC Tourney and hosting as a top 16 seed this year. One thing is for certain, Reid hasn't been getting his teams to improve as the year progressed.
They play in a merely decent soccer conference and are acting like it's 10 times the league the Big East was with ND, Louisville, WVU, Syracuse, etc.