Atlanta Hawks take confidence from UConn title run

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UConn became the first ever seventh seed to win the NCAA national championship last night with their win over Kentucky, and the Atlanta Hawks think that they can repeat the trick in the NBA playoffs.

The Hawks are set to become the worst team in the NBA playoffs with less than 40 wins but they have apparently taken heart in Connecticut's run to glory.

Atlanta's twitter account wrote last night: "Congrats to both UConn and Kentucky on a great game! Proof that 7 and 8 seeds can go all the way in basketball playoffs..."

However, there are a few obvious differences in the plight of the Hawks versus the Huskies or Wildcats.

First of all, many analysts believe that UConn and Kentucky should have been ranked as higher seeds anyway. Kentucky's freshmen struggled to perform earlier in the season which definitely impacted on their seeding. Connecticut have been underrated since preseason and have certainly proved the doubters wrong.

The Hawks have had a somewhat positive season but they are the worst team in the playoffs for a reason, they have been boosted by an absolutely terrible Eastern Conference and even briefly lost their eighth seed to the New York Knicks earlier this week.

Of course, if the Hawks do make the playoffs, they will match up against the Miami Heat in the first round. Even the most optimistic of Atlanta fans cannot see that matchup producing more than one win for the Hawks. At least Kentucky and UConn got to face Saint Joseph's and Kansas State in their openers before the road got tough.

Still it's great to see the Hawk's social media people trying to produce a little bit of hope in what seems like an impossible situation for Atlanta.

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