There is a lot Connecticut doesn't have this season.
The Huskies don't have a chance to play in the postseason after failing to meet NCAA academic standards. They don't have the five players who left the program early after the postseason ban was announced. And they don't have Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, who retired in September.
The Huskies, however, say the cupboard is not exactly bare. They still have a very strong backcourt. They have a new and energized head coach in Kevin Ollie. And they have a togetherness forged from the adversity of the offseason.
After a disappointing 20-14 season that ended with a loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament, they are also in the unusual position of not having to meet anyone else's lofty expectations.
''Nobody thinks we're good enough,'' said sophomore guard Ryan Boatright, one of just five players with notable playing time returning from last year's team. ''But we feel like we've got enough here to have a successful season and ...