They almost pulled off a spectacular feat Thursday afternoon, but for Jim Calhoun and the UConn Huskies, another miracle run through the Big East Tournament was not to be.
Connecticut pushed Syracuse to the brink of its second loss of the season, but in the end, the Orangemen survived, and UConn (20-13) fell, 58-55.
Afterward, Coach told the Associated Press that, more than anything, he felt for his players.
“The anguish I feel is disappointment for them,” Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said of his team. “They were primed mentally today to do something very special and almost pulled it off. … No one can tell you that it wasn’t a good team who was wearing blue today. Did we shoot great? No. Did we make great decisions? No. Did we play with great heart and great intensity and did we play for us and each other? Without a doubt, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Coach Calhoun's team await a hoped-for bid to the NCAA Tournament, which the majority of experts feel is to come.