HARTFORD, Conn. -- A few quick thoughts from UConn-West Virginia:
UConn coach Jim Calhoun hasn’t mellowed one bit. The bench got a technical foul less than a minute into the game when the coaching staff wanted a push call. Calhoun then directed his anger toward official John Cahill, who wasn’t on the play. Why? Well, Cahill was the official who made two controversial calls against Connecticut -- one in the final possession at Cincinnati and then at Syracuse when he granted a timeout to Syracuse after the change in possession.
This doesn’t seem like the same building the last time the Huskies played here. When the Huskies took on Cincinnati on Feb. 13 the XL Center lacked any kind of buzz and the Huskies were completely flat.
This is what is tough for the NCAA tournament selection committee: Watch UConn and you have to agree this “looks” like an NCAA tournament at-large team win or lose. But you have to win the game and you can’t be excused for past failings. The subjective “eye test” will come into play.
West Virginia’s Kevin Jones will be a pro. He is physical, can square up and make shots and he’s tough.
Let’s chill, and I mean all of us, on hyping the players who sit out: For UConn Ater Majok was put on too lofty a pedestal and for West Virginia the honor goes to Deniz Kilicli. They are both role players.
UConn’s Gavin Edwards maximizes his talent as much as anyone I’ve seen this season. He finds a way to contribute every game whether it’s on rebounds, post-up or setting a screen. He has become a glue guy for the Huskies.