EDITORIAL: The best and worst of times for UConn hoops

EDITORIAL: The best and worst of times for UConn hoops



In a historically unusual occurrence, the UConn men’s basketball team will end its regular season with a losing record.

The Huskies enter their regular season finale against Houston on Sunday with a sub-.500 mark of 14-16. That means for the second straight year, and for just the second time in 31 years, UConn will finish below .500.

Not surprisingly, the knives are out for sixth-year head coach Kevin Ollie. And UConn’s less-than-spectacular play is just one reason Ollie’s job may be in jeopardy.

A few weeks back, it was announced that the NCAA is investigating the UConn men’s program — the owner of four national championships and 10 conference tournament titles — for apparent recruiting violations.

And this is not the first time UConn hoops has been under scrutiny from the NCAA.

During the 2011-12 season, then-coach Jim Calhoun was forced to sit out three games and the school was put on probation for three years after the NCAA found recruiting violations dating to 2008.

A couple of losing seasons is one thing. These NCAA investigations are far more troubling, as they threaten to brand the UConn men’s basketball program as unscrupulous – a moniker that is difficult to shake.

While the Husky men have seen better days, the UConn women’s team, per usual, is rolling along smoothly.

The Lady Huskies compiled a regular season record of 29-0 this winter; the program’s 10th undefeated regular season.

The UConn women now take their perfect record into the postseason, where they are eyeing their fifth consecutive AAC Tournament championship and 12th national championship.

It would be unwise to bet against them. Just look at the numbers. The Lady Huskies have won 140 out of their last 141 games, while claiming four of the last five national titles.

Incredible.

When it comes to basketball at UConn as a whole, one could say these are the best of times and the worst of times.


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