6. Connecticut (9-0)
If you’re Connecticut, you have to be ecstatic with how this season has gone to this point. The Huskies won the Phil Knight Invitational, have looked dynamic on both sides of the ball, and have emerged as one of the last among a handful of unbeaten teams. It’s not even a situation anymore where Connecticut is beating up on bad teams; they got a fourth straight solid win this past week.
That hot start of the Huskies continued this week with another convincing victory, albeit this time at home in Storrs. Connecticut got a 74-64 win over Oklahoma State on Thursday night. Jordan Hawkins was electric with 26 points in the win while talented big man Adama Sanogo added 20 points and 6 rebounds of his own. The Huskies have now won all nine of their games by double digits.
Following up five mid-major tune-ups with the success of the last two weeks has Connecticut in fantastic shape. This is quite likely the best this program has been since they cut down the nets at the end of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, which feels like eons ago at this point. Dan Hurley has this program back and they actually look like the best team in the Big East. We’ll see if they can take their juggernaut and have success on the road, with a trip to Gainesville and a date with Florida next Wednesday.