The Big East Tournament is set to kickoff today at noon when #19 UConn takes on DePaul, but for the Huskies, an early exit from the tournament might not be the worst thing in the world.Right now, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and SI’s Andy Glockner project UConn to be a #5 seed in the big dance. With an appearance in the Big East Tournament Championship Game, or a tournament victory, UConn could probably move up a few slots.
But at what cost?
Because of the remarkable depth of the conference, the Huskies were unable to secure a bye and would have to play in five games in five days if they made it to the championship game. That would make for an incredibly gruelling week, and could be the kiss of death for UConn going into the NCAA tournament.
In 2009 the Huskies went to six overtimes with Syracuse in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals and appeared in the Final Four, but that game was their first and only match in the conference tournament while Syracuse played four games and four days and was bounced in the Sweet Sixteen.
That’s not to say UConn can’t go deep in both tournaments, but if the Huskies want a realistic chance of doing damage in the NCAA Tournament, playing five games in five days won’t be the best thing for them.
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