Most Important Week of the Year

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I've had this week circled since the schedule came out. Neither Tulsa or Houston are great but they both are very competitive and have beaten the Huskies at home.

I'm sure travel has something to do with it as Ollie's teams have really struggled when they head West. Whether Houston, Tulsa, Stanford, SMU or Louisville, these games have been some of the team's poorest efforts in the last few years.

My hope is that the Austin/New Orleans trip portends better results this trip but I'm going to be nervous all week.
 
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Ollie's teams have really struggled when they head West. Whether Houston, Tulsa, Stanford, SMU or Louisville, these games have been some of the team's poorest efforts in the last few years.
Some ok memories in Dallas though.

KenPom does favor both Tulsa and Houston, but they are big games for us that will provide a big momentum swing, hopefully in our favor.
 
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Some ok memories in Dallas though.

KenPom does favor both Tulsa and Houston, but they are big games for us that will provide a big momentum swing, hopefully in our favor.
What does Kenpom project the scores at?
 

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This is a HUGE week for this team and will better guage whether they are an NCAA team (at large if needed) or an NIT team. Both these teams pose difficulties for UConn and in addition being league battles - which UConn team and players will show up?
Here's hoping that both will or it may be a long January and February............
 
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This isn't to say Vegas will favor either of those teams, but that nobody should be taking these games lightly.
 
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Opportunity for us to start off 4-0 in away games. Haven't done that since 08/09.

2014-15 (Final away record: 4-7)
started 2-0 (Florida & USF) but lost our next 4 road games (Tulsa, Stanford, Cinci, Houston)

2013-14 (6-4)
started 1-0 (Washington) but lost our next 2 road games (Houston & SMU)

2012-13 (4-5)
lost first road game to Marquette

2011-12 (3-7)
started 1-0 (USF) but lost our next 2 road games (Seton Hall, Rutgers)

2010-11 (5-5)
lost first two road games (Pittsburgh & Notre Dame)

2009-10 (2-8)
lost first 6 road games (Cinci, Georgetown, Michigan, Providence, Louisville, Syracuse)

2008-09 (9-1)
started 9-0 but lost our final road game against Pitt
 
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Opportunity for us to start off 4-0 in away games. Haven't done that since 08/09.

2008-09 (9-2)
started 9-0 but lost our final two road games to Pitt and Michigan State

FYP
 

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Opportunity for us to start off 4-0 in away games. Haven't done that since 08/09.

2014-15 (Final away record: 4-7)
started 2-0 (Florida & USF) but lost our next 4 road games (Tulsa, Stanford, Cinci, Houston)

2013-14 (6-4)
started 1-0 (Washington) but lost our next 2 road games (Houston & SMU)

2012-13 (4-5)
lost first road game to Marquette

2011-12 (3-7)
started 1-0 (USF) but lost our next 2 road games (Seton Hall, Rutgers)

2010-11 (5-5)
lost first two road games (Pittsburgh & Notre Dame)

2009-10 (2-8)
lost first 6 road games (Cinci, Georgetown, Michigan, Providence, Louisville, Syracuse)

2008-09 (9-1)
started 9-0 but lost our final road game against Pitt

The best overall road records (.500 or higher) happened on all three final four years. Seems like a good way to gauge our final four potential by the end of the season?
 
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This is one of the most annoying aspects about the American. I wouldn't be surprised if we lost both of these games, but if we are able to win both its not like many people will notice or give us credit.

If Kansas beat Tulsa and Houston back to back would you give a duck? Probably not. You'd say: it's Kansas, they absolutely should win those games.
 
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Houston went to Temple and beat them by 27. They beat Tulane by 18. I don't know how good Tulsa is. These games are not going to be easy.
 
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Tulsa is a very hard to gauge because they are very inconsistent. At Tulane yesterday, they shot 13-20 from 3 to win by 14. Conversely, they got killed on the boards 45-22, but when you shoot that well from 3, you can overcome that.

They shoot 34% from 3, and only 65% from the line. But like yesterday, they have had games where they have shot it really well from 3. Other games they have been abysmal.

Really think Shonn Miller could damage against their bigs. Think we will see a lot of Hamilton at the 4 as Tulsa likes to play small as well.
 
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Houston is hard to gauge, will know more about them after tomorrow night (@ Cincy). They have played no one to this point. Their SOS is 337.

We should absolutely beat Tulsa.
 

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I wonder if Kelvin Sampson remembers the shalacking we put on him in gampel in '04. He should remember, I do.
 
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Realtimerpi.com has us losing to Tulsa 78-71 and Houston 77-72. They have us going 20-11 for the season.
 
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Realtimerpi.com has us losing to Tulsa 78-71 and Houston 77-72. They have us going 20-11 for the season.


..and if we do that, we are not going to the NCAAs. While that is a real possibility, I think we need to at least get to 12 - 6 in conference, instead of his projected 10-8 and a win over Georgetown. However, even at 22-9, we will be sweating it out.
 
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The best overall road records (.500 or higher) happened on all three final four years. Seems like a good way to gauge our final four potential by the end of the season?
Ummmm........we have been to 5 final fours.
 

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Judging by today's AAC Media Day Video "Where is the toughest place to play?". Shaq Harrison's lengthy answer about UConn being his toughest opponent quite literally, stealing a quick from the Squid, makes Thursday's game their "super bowl". As such, I expect a huge crowd and a pumped up opponent that will bring it until the very last second.

Even a 5 minute stretch of our signature lackadaisical play and sloppiness will likely result in a loss.
 

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I'm guessing @UConn_Top_Dog was referring to the three we have been to since 2008-9.

Not sure what our road record was in 1999 and 2004, but it would be interesting to see our road record for every season since 1999 to see if there is a pattern.
 
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Realtimerpi.com has us losing to Tulsa 78-71 and Houston 77-72. They have us going 20-11 for the season.

Their formula must really give home team the advantage. When we're @ Houston has us losing by 5, but when they come to us, have us winning by 12. Interesting
 
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