Updated: Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010, 11:45 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010, 11:29 PM EST
(WTNH) - The swagger is back and so too are hopes of earning an NCAA tournament berth. The UConn men's basketball team has now put together three straight wins including last night's victory over West Virginia.
Jim Calhoun called it a crisis of confidence; maybe the low point of the season.
An embarrassing loss to Cincinnati. Instead of sulking, the Huskies have done something about it.
"I won't say we didn't believe in ourselves, we always believed," said Stanley Robinson. "We knew we were a great team."
"I've always liked these kids. It broke my heart when they were losing all those close games," said UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun.
The Huskies are playing the way Calhoun envisioned prior to the season. Close to their full potential West Virginia was the latest display.
"We played a legit 40 minutes, finally," said Robinson.
A little over a week ago, post season hopes seemed to be hanging on prayer. Three straight wins has turned around UConn's season.
"We have our focus. We realize if we don't win we won't have anything to do after the season," said Gavin Edwards.
The Huskies know they still have work to do. Seventeen wins won't get them an NCAA tournament bid. They have three games to go; all winnable games but at the same point in time, all losable games too.
It starts Sunday with Louisville at home followed by road games at Notre Dame and South Florida. And, then the Big East Tournament. The crisis of confidence seems to be over.
"Yes we have our swagger back. Yes we do. I don't think we lost it," said Robinson.