A year ago, the season began with few certainties, not much in the way of expectations after a disappointing 2009, and no idea that Kemba Walker would become Kemba Walker by the time it was all said and done.
Now, after a 73-63 Thanksgiving victory over UNC-Asheville in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, the Huskies are 5-0, and winners of 16 straight dating back to the 2011 postseason. More than that, there's a legitimate argument that they also have the best, youngest backcourt in the country. Preseason All-American Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier each scored 23 points in 39 minutes of action.
They were the only Huskies in double-figures, and Lamb and Roscoe Smith led the team in rebounds with six apiece. UConn also shot 52 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the arc, which more than made up for the 19 turnovers that no doubt caused coach Jim Calhoun much consternation, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth.
"Overall, a win is...