86 UConn, with its two All-Americans, one of the country’s top four returning scorers, and two-time defending national champion Kevin Connors, has a lot of talent in its lineup.
But it has not been able to consistently find a way to win games, especially in the Big East Conference.UConn has won six of its last eight Big East regular-season games.
The program’s first two seasons were in the NIT, but it finished last in its conference in 2016-17.
In 2017-18, the program was swept by Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which was the first time since 2010 that UConn did not win a conference tournament game.
The Bulldogs have been without several starters in the past few weeks, but coach Kevin Ollie and his staff were still able to find some consistency.
Head coach Brian Smith said the players have been getting better every day, and he said the team will play better in the future.
“We’re all going to be getting better and better and we’ll get better, but right now, our team is doing a lot better than when we left the Big 12 and we have to continue to play like that,” Smith said.
The loss was the fourth for the program this season.
In November, UConn was knocked out of the first-round of the tournament by Iowa State.
The Big East, which has been without three teams in the NCAA tournament for the past three seasons, has yet to lose a Big East game since 2014-15.
In its last nine conference games, Uconn has won seven of its past nine.
In the last five conference games the Bulldogs have won six.
Uconn is on a five-game winning streak after going 1-5 in that span.
The Bulldogs will play at Georgetown on Wednesday.
The game will air on ESPN2 and the Pac-12 Network.