Joe D's Notebook: The End Of The RoadFor all but one team in the NCAA tournament, the season ends with disappointment. The end for the UConn Huskies came Saturday night in Des Moines when they were knocked out by Kansas 73-61 in Round Two of the South Region.
Joe D's Notebook: Taming The BuffaloesThe motto of the NCAA tournament is survive and advance. That is exactly what the UConn Huskies did Thursday afternoon in round one of the South Region against Colorado.
Joe D's Notebook: A Wild Weekend In O-Town23 miles north of Walt Disney World, the Amway Center is the new Magic Kingdom for Husky Nation. That’s where the 2016 UConn men punched their ticket for the NCAA tournament with three wins in three days at the American Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament.
Joe D's Notebook: The Marathon Ends, The Sprint BeginsIt’s been a struggle for D-Ham at times this season and maybe that time on the bench was the kick start he needed. Time will tell but Husky fans hope it to be the case. Because make no mistake, UConn needs Hamilton at his best to make any sort of post season run.
Joe D's Notebook: Random ThoughtsSo the big four game stretch is over for the UConn Men. Two wins, both at home, two losses, both on the road. Now time for some thoughts.
Joe D's Notebook: No DeJa VuThe Huskies played good, sometimes great basketball for the majority of both games. But not for a full 40 minutes, not even for 35.
Joe D's Notebook: Temple Of Dome, Chapter TwoIt looked for the longest time on Thursday night that the UConn men would get their biggest four game stretch of the season off to a successful start. But then, it changed and in the end, it was a demoralizing 63-58 loss.
Joe D's Notebook: Pirate TreasureFor the first time in a month, the UConn men were back in the friendly confines on Gampel Pavilion on Sunday. And like the last time, the offense was in high gear in an 85-67 win over East Carolina to continue the recent upswing in their play.
Joe D's Notebook: The Return Of The Big FellaThe most significant moment of UConn’s 67-41 demolition of UCF on Sunday came just 3 ½ minutes in. That’s when Amida Brimah returned to action for the first time since December 12th. Whether it was a coincidence or not, lots of the Huskies moving pieces looked better.
Joe D's Notebook: Cats and DogsShockingly, it wasn’t the Huskies who came out victoriously but the Bearcats, taking a 58-57 decision at the XL Center. I just watched a replay of the two plays at the end of the game that drew the ire of Kevin Ollie.
Joe D's Notebook: Handling The HoyasSaturday had an old time feel to it at the XL Center, and like many of those old UConn games in the building, the Huskies emerged victorious, knocking off Georgetown 68-62.
Joe D's Notebook: The Temple Of DoomSo much for momentum.