It's not the kind of way a team wants to go into the conference tournament.
UConn (17-13) lost its last two games of the regular season, both frustrating losses to Memphis and Temple.
The Huskies' star guard -- Ryan Boatright -- openly called out his teammates after Saturday's loss to Temple.
Boatright had a big first half, 21 points, but faced constant pressure and double teams in the second half. The Huskies wilted. Only Rodney Purvis scored in double figures for the Huskies.
It led to this observation from the star guard.
"Guys have got to step up, stop feeling sorry for themselves and know that you're a good player and have confidence in yourself. There's no way there should be two or three guys on me and you shouldn't take that as disrespect," Boatright said via the Hartford Courant. "It shouldn't happen. If they triple-teamed and double-teamed Shabazz [Napier last season], I was going to go for 40. You've got to step up and have some confidence."
Boatright, all 5-10 of him, has accounted for 27.34% of the team's points (534) this year, 34.13% of free throws (129) and made 39.46 pf the 3-points this season (73). He is second on the Huskies in rebounding and when he is not scoring, has 1/3 of the assists on the team with 120.
When Boatirght gets help, notably from Danuiel Hamilton and Rodney Purvis, the Huskies are very good. When he doesn't? It's frustrating circumstances. UConn has lost six games by a total of 12 points, and four games at home by either one point (3 of them at Gampel in the final 10 seconds) and once to Temple in overtime in Hartford.
UConn beat the conference champion in SMU, but also lost to lowly Houston.
The problem is consistency. The Huskies can't just step on the floor like the old teams and turn it on.
"We not talented enough to have 3 guys playing at (a top level) and 2 guys not," Ollie said on the American Athletic Conference call on Wednesday. "We need all five playing at max effort."
That makes the Huskies task here this week in Hartford so perplexing. Can UConn win four games in a row in Hartford? Certainly, UConn has shown it can play with anyone in the conference. UConn also can lose to anyone.
The Huskies take on USF in the 6-11 game on Thursday and if it wins, would have to take on No. 3 seed Cincinnati on Friday night in the quarterfinals. Then, if seed holds, it is Tulsa and SMU.
The good part of the draw is UConn has beaten every one of those teams this year. UConn is 5-3 against that draw if seeding holds, and is 4-0 at home against those teams.
That's the good news.
The bad news? UConn hasn't won four games in a row all season. What leads anyone to believe at 17-13 the team can turn it around and win four games in a row in the span of four days?
The task looks simple and possible when you take every game individually. Put them all together, and the Huskies making a miracle run in the AAC looks remote.
No matter, the Huskies are at home, and one good week can erase a season's worth of frustration.
Ollie does have plans for Selection Sunday.
"We’re gonna be prepared, hopefully delight our fans, playing that first game and, hopefully, trim down the nets on Sunday," Ollie said.
2015 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPXL CENTER • HARTFORD, CONN.Thursday, March 12 – First Round (ESPNU/ESPNews)3:30 p.m. No. 9 UCF (12-17) vs. No. 8 East Carolina (13-18) - ESPNU
6 p.m. No. 10 Houston (12-18) vs. No. 7 Tulane (15-15) - ESPNews
8 p.m. No. 11 USF (9-22) vs. No. 6 UConn (17-13) - ESPNews
Friday, March 13 – Quarterfinals (ESPN2/ESPNU)Noon UCF/East Carolina winner vs. No. 1 SMU (24-6) – ESPN2
2 p.m. No. 5 Memphis (18-13) vs. No. 4 Temple (22-9) – ESPN2
7 p.m. Houston/Tulane winner vs. No. 2 Tulsa (21-9) - ESPNU
9 p.m. USF/UConn winner vs. No. 3 Cincinnati (22-9) - ESPNU
Saturday, March 14 – Semifinals (ESPN2)3 p.m. Friday afternoon winners
5 p.m. Friday evening winners
Sunday, March 15 – Final (ESPN)3:15 p.m. Semifinal winners
all times Eastern