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Connecticut Huskies Are a Threat in the American Athletic Conference

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Connecticut Huskies beat the Yale Bulldogs 80–62 in a game that saw Senior Shabazz Napier have an impressive triple double. If Napier can continue to play like this, the Huskies are going to be an extremely difficult team to beat. Although it may not seem like it, the Huskies’ win over the Bulldogs was huge for them in the long run.

Yale may not be a team that many have heard of, but they still aren’t a pushover team. The Bulldogs were picked to finish third in the Ivy League behind Harvard and Penn and have an opportunity to pull off a couple of upsets and go to the NCAA Tournament. Because the Ivy League has no postseason tournament, the team that wins the regular season gets the automatic bid.

Connecticut already won a tough game over an underrated Maryland Terrapins team that was picked to finish seventh in the ACC but has the potential to be much better. It’s early in the season, but UConn needs to keep winning these games against lesser opposition if they are to go to the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Their first year in the American Athletic Conference is going to be tough. They have to face the No. 13 Memphis Tigers twice as well as the current National Champions, the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals, twice. However, Connecticut has the perfect mixture of both experience and youth that could pull off a few unexpected upsets. Winning the games that they are supposed to, like the games against Yale and Maryland, is essential to their success.

Don’t sleep on the Huskies this season because last time that happened they won the National Championship.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google

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