This year’s early schedule gives Uconn two strong teams to match up against and should tell Calhoun what his young team needs to work on. It also gives them the opportunity to get a few quality wins early on to put on their resume. The winner of the Oklahoma/Memphis game, which should be a good one, will play the Uconn/Gardner-Webb winner on Friday.
After that Uconn faces Gardner-Webb again and Florida A&M before taking on 14th ranked Gonzaga but after that its Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Maine, Central Florida before heading into Big East Play in early January. Uconn has a chance to knock out a top 3 seeded Memphis, if they win or Gonzaga. Any win against one of those opponents should catapult them into a solid mid-teens ranking.
Watching the first couple of games around the country, it looks like parody has struck the top 25. Syracuse played a close one, USC looked like a Mayo only sandwich and Davidson played North Carolina tough.
For Uconn’s sake, they would like to play Memphis instead of Oklahoma because the loss wouldn’t hurt them as much and an upset would give them a huge leap towards postseason play. In the AP poll, Gardner-Webb is ranked higher than Oklahoma.
Memphis is a guard stacked team, rotating six. The stars of the show are Derrick Rose, a stunning freshman, who scored 38 points in his first two games and Chris Douglas-Roberts, a 6-6 junior, a scoring machine totaling 47 points in his two games. If Uconn and Memphis wins their respected games, it should be a great game to watch. These next two games, if Uconn wins the first one, should tell us more about what this team’s identity is. Hopefully Uconn comes out to play.