By Stephanie Sheehan

Men's Basketball: The ship is sinking, but Kevin Ollie won't jump off

Men's Basketball: The ship is sinking, but Kevin Ollie won't jump off

The buzz of the sold-out crowd of 15,564 at the XL Center in Hartford was exciting. It’s been a while since the old Civic Center had seen its seats completely filled. No matter what UConn men’s basketball looks like, old Big East foe and 2016 national champions Villanova will bring people to the stands.

Men’s basketball renews an old rivalry against No. 1 Villanova

Men’s basketball renews an old rivalry against No. 1 Villanova

Tomorrow’s matchup won’t be quite as thrilling as the last—Villanova is widely accepted as the best team in the nation, sitting at No. 1 in the AP poll, No. 3 in RPI and No. 1 in KenPom. The Wildcats’ only loss was a 101-93 shocker against Big East rival Butler, but they will bring a four-game win streak to Hartford.

Column: It’s time to start holding the right people accountable

Column: It’s time to start holding the right people accountable

The sole job of a coach is to guide the team, to get them to reach their potential and figure out how to play the five best players on the court and have them play smoothly. Coaches call the plays. Coaches don’t continue to tolerate the same mistakes over and over. Coaches keep their players’ heads in the game. Ollie does all of these things poorly.

Men’s basketball looks to extend conference win streak in midweek matchup with Memphis

Men’s basketball looks to extend conference win streak in midweek matchup with Memphis

The UConn men's basketball team will get a chance to further improve its conference play record when UConn take on Memphis tonight on the road.


The Huskies (10-7, 3-2 The American) are currently riding a three-game winning streak, racking up wins over ECU, UCF and Tulane after dropping their first two games in conference play. Coach Kevin Ollie has found a lot more consistency in his lineups as well—the starting five of Jalen Adams, Christian Vital, Terry Larrier, Isaiah Whaley and Josh Carlton has not changed since playing the Pirates.

Men's Basketball: Freshmen Whaley, Carlton make big impact in victory over UCF

Men's Basketball: Freshmen Whaley, Carlton make big impact in victory over UCF

"Everything coach is asking them—rebounding, boxing out, offensively, defensively, show on screens, set good screens, finish when they get the ball—they’re doing everything the coaches and the other players could ask for. Big props to them. They’re really helping us.”