The UConn point guard is calling out his team. The Villanova point guard has been out with a sprained knee.
Marquette just blew out UConn at home. 'Nova just blew a 20-point first-half lead and lost in overtime to Notre Dame.
The Huskies were 12-1 in the 2011 portion of their schedule and are 4-9 this year. Overall, they are 16-10, 6-8, good for 10th in the Big East. Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun missed the first three league games because of an NCAA suspension and has missed the last five because of spinal stenosis, a painful back condition. He is expected to miss tonight's game, too. And, after the Marquette loss, Huskies point guard Shabazz Napier said, among other things, "I've got to question a lot of these guys' hearts. It just looked like we gave up at the end."
Villanova is 11-15 and 4-10 in the league, languishing in a four-way tie for 11th. Point guard Maalik Wayns has been out with a sprained knee. James Bell is out with a sprained ankle. At least nobody is publicly throwing anybody under the bus and coach Jay Wright has not missed any games (although he might like to). Still, this was not what anybody, not even the most pessimistic, had in mind for the 'Cats this season.
UConn has enough good wins that it is still in NCAA conversation. 'Nova has not been in that conversation for some time.
So, here these two proud programs are. The rules say one of them is going to win tonight
(tipoff at 7). The same rules say one of them loses - again.