How about that great win over Florida? It was lucky, and the best player of Florida wasn't on the floor the last five minutes.
Yadda, Yadda, Yadda.
The wins for the UConn men's basketball team can be de-emphasized. The losses? Those of course showed the true nature of the Huskies blowing a lead against Stanford and losses to Houston and SMU.
That's just the way things go when people don't believe in the team.
This morning, it's hard to go out of your way to knock the Huskies off their perch right now.
UConn went into Memphis and were the better team, beating the No. 17 ranked Tigers 83-73.
This wasn't a fluke or a lucky game. It was well-played in a competitive environment on the road in a place -- up until Memphis joined the AAC apparently -- that opponents found nearly impossible to win (10 losses in FedEx Forum since 2009).
The Huskies went in and shot 57.1 percent from the game against the defensive minded Tigers. DeAndre Daniels was March 2013 DeAndre Daniels with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Shabazz Napier was everyday Shabazz Napier with 17 points and 10 assists and eight points in the final five minutes to deliver the victory.
A win at Memphis is impressive. That's something no one can take away.
"This is a very hard place to win; especially a Memphis team coming off of a loss," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said after the game. "That was a tournament atmosphere. 18-thousand fans, that's a great crowd, it got the guys juiced up a little bit."
UConn is now 14-3, 2-2 in the AAC and on a three-game winning streak. The Huskies reached as high as No. 10 in the polls in December, but there were always doubts. After losses to begin the year to Houston and SMU in the AAC, UConn dropped out. Wins over Harvard and UCF didn't get the Huskies back in.
A win over Memphis is a good start to get back to the Top 25. UConn will be in definitely if it can take out defending national champion Louisville on Saturday night at a sold-out and sure to be rocking Gampel Pavilion.
The game was played with a heavy heart for Ryan Boatright. Boatright's cousin was shot and killed in his hometown of Auora, Ill. on Monday. Boatright and Williams were very close as this Jeff Jacobs column indicates
The Huskies picked up Boatright with Lazan Kromah playing terrific defense and shooting a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor and finished with 13 points. Even the slumping Omar Calhoun got into the act with seven points in 15 minutes.
The Huskies weren't perfect, as it struggled to close out the game with several backcourt turnovers, but the funk it was in around the turn of the year appears to be over. That's just in time for Saturday night's game against Louisville, which decimated Houston on Thursday.