- John Gasaway, ESPN Insider
When I checked in with Connecticut in November, I was fairly upbeat on the prospects for the Huskies this season. At that time, I said coach Kevin Ollie's team had a shot at making the second weekend of the NCAA tournament and finishing in the top two of the brand new American Athletic Conference. That estimation was widely shared and eventually superseded. In fact, UConn subsequently rose as high as No. 9 in the AP poll.