Five teams (besides LSU) that haven't met expectations

Originally Published: February 21, 2007
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider
LSU isn't the only team that has fallen flat after some early-season promise. Here are five more teams that have struggled -- and why they have:

UConn
This is an easy one. The Huskies came into the season with no experience, no scoring and no proven point guard play, and it has been a deadly trio for Jim Calhoun. In a sense, they have been a victim of their own success because it is difficult to create continuity when your best players leave early for the NBA each year. A soft early schedule masked many of the problems that reared their heads once UConn got into Big East play.

A.J. Price
James Dawson/WireImage.comJim Calhoun expected big things from A.J. Price last season, but the point guard was a shaky floor leader as the Huskies struggled.

Because of the attrition due to graduation and the NBA draft, the Huskies came into this season with no obvious leader. Usually, in a great program like this one, a veteran player shows the young guys the way. That hasn't happened. Offensive firepower has been missing due to the woeful shooting ability, both inside and out, and the lack of a leader at the point. A.J. Price, in his first year on the court after missing two seasons of action, has not shaken off the rust yet.


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Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.