If the 2011 NCAA Tournament consisted of a stronger field of teams, UConn probably would not have cut the nets down on Monday night. Teams like Ohio State, Duke, and North Carolina losing made the Huskies’ path to the Final Four a bit friendlier than it may have otherwise been. Still, it was not easy. After winning five games in five days at Madison Square Garden, no one believed Connecticut would have the energy needed to get through the grueling Dance. They powered their way through March, proving all the doubters wrong. Above all else, the run proved Jim Calhoun wants you to hate him.
Make no mistake about it: Calhoun has few fans outside the state of Connecticut. Even in Connecticut, the 68-year-old Boston Irishman has had disagreements with the governor, his athletic director, and the the coaches of other UConn programs (cough, Geno Auriemma, cough). The more people who want Calhoun to lose, the more motivated he becomes to win.