Poll Position: Can UConn keep it up?
Kemba Walker needs to keep carrying the Huskies
We now have our first really big surprise of the 2010-11 season. I'm not talking about Tennessee losing an exhibition game to Division II Indianapolis by 15, or Kennesaw State beating Georgia Tech by 17, or even formerly slow-paced Iowa averaging a speedy 73 possessions per 40 minutes under new head coach Fran McCaffery.
No, I'm talking about the Connecticut Huskies, a team that just a few short weeks ago was unable to garner a single vote in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. My, how times have changed. Last week UConn won a close game against Michigan State, then ranked No. 2 in the nation, and went on to defeat Kentucky by 17 to win the EA Sports Maui Invitational title. In the coaches' poll released on Monday, Jim Calhoun's team now sits at No. 9.
Should we have seen this coming?
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John Gasaway's 'Poll Position'
John Gasaway has written for Basketball Prospectus since its inception in 2007. His college hoops commentary appears weekly on ESPN Insider. John's writing has also appeared at SportsIllustrated.com, as well as in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Playboy.