For 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.
Make no mistake about it, the better team won. The Jayhawks may have been fueled by all the talk on Friday about the last two years when they were eliminated in the second game of the tournament. But in reality, Kansas was more intent on proving that they are indeed worthy of being the overall #1 seed.
After the first two minutes, when the Huskies had leads of 2-0 and 5-2, Kansas played 18 of the most impressive minutes of basketball that have been played all season. The runs of 16-0 and 19-0 devastated UConn. The Jayhawks clogged passing lanes, made penetration impossible, dominated the backboards and ran their offense to perfection. UConn’s problems weren’t caused by nerves, but by a superior opponent.
To the Huskies credit, they battled back and got within nine on two separate occasions in the second half. But Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden got KU back on track and onto the Sweet 16. If Kansas goes on to win it all, it should come as a surprise to no one. They are that good.
Good luck to the five departing seniors, Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller who spent one year in Storrs and made an impact. And Omar Calhoun, Phil Nolan and Nnamdi Amillo, who were part of a National Championship team and made an impact on the program both on and off the court.
Later in the week, a look at 16-17 and what it might bring for the Huskies.
We will talk about the season this week on Joe D and Gresh, weekdays at 3 on WTIC- NewsTalk 1080