Watch them with a critical eye and, often, fault (in no particular order) can be found with their focus, shot selection, execution and half-court and transition defense.
So why do I consider the Huskies the clear-cut favorites to come away with the program's third national championship in Indianapolis on April 3?
It's explained in three words: Margin of error.
They've got gobs of it . . . much more than any other team that will be anointed a threat to knock off the Huskies at any point in the tournament's three weeks.
Calhoun has, a) The most dominant frontcourt in the country; 2) one of the three or four most dangerous jump shooters (Rashad Anderson) anywhere; 3) the most efficient "pure" point guard (Marcus Williams) operating these days; and, 4) more than enough depth to secure the team against any short-term foul or injury situations.
And, of course, they have one of the three or four most innately gifted players on the college level in sophomore Rudy Gay.
The Huskies are far from unbeatable and any combination of those nit-picked issues could make things a lot more precarious for them than they should be in the first couple of rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
But if Calhoun is able to keep his thumb down on those issues – and, with his depth, he can wield that big hammer called "the bench" and whack any offenders with it – someone, even if that someone goes by the name of Duke, Texas, Memphis or Villanova, will have to play very, very well to knock them off.
BOUNCING AROUND THE COUNTRY
If the Buckeyes win out, senior post Terence Dials should be the conference's Player of the Year and, even if they don't, Thad Matta will be the runaway choice for the Big Ten's Coach of the Year honor.
That being said, a half-dozen teams – the Buckeyes, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin – appear fully capable of winning the conference tournament next week in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The feeling here is that the relative balance throughout the conference is more a sign of strength (from a national perspective) rather than mediocrity.
Those same six clubs, with favorable matchups (as much as that can be the case in the NCAA Tournament) could win a couple of games apiece.
I don't care how good the Big Ten is (and it's the second strongest conference, after the Big East) this season.
I'm fully on board with the concept that playing conference opponents is almost always more difficult than playing non-conference foes because of the familiarity edge with personnel and coaching philosophies in-conference opponents have.
But there is no way that a Top Five-ranked team in the country should be needing 37 second-half points by Morrison to beat Loyola Marymount, and 34 points by Morrison and a last-second shot by Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes to beat the University of San Francisco in Spokane.
His peers in the Big Ten and, during the past three seasons at Washington State, in the Pacific 10 Conference sure know it, though. No one – and I emphasize, no one – is more respected by those on all levels of coaching.
Inducted into the USBWA Hall of Fame last April, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's national basketball expert and is also a columnist for the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more of Burlison's pieces at www.FrankHoops.com.