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Kevin Duffy

Melo will shoot the Knicks into the next round…or shoot them to summer vacation

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So Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s scoring champion, is 35-for-110 in his last four games.  He’s missed 23 of his last 25 attempts from 3-point range. Understandably, he’s the subject of much criticism these days. The stat of the night Sunday: According to ESPN’s shot chart, Anthony was 3-for-12 on shots inside of four feet. After […] [Read More]
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Can’t compare Auriemma with legends of the men’s game

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An eighth national championship for Geno Auriemma — this one by a record 33 points — only fuel the debate: Where does Auriemma rank against the all-time greats? Well, in his own sport, it ties him with Pat Summitt, the legendary Tennessee coach. In college basketball period, it puts him behind John Wooden, who won […] [Read More]
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Thoughts on Mike Rice, AAC..

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The women’s Final Four tips off Sunday with UConn and Notre Dame set to square off in the late game. The winner gets either Cal or Louisville in the title game. Of course, Baylor was supposed to await UConn or Notre Dame, but an epic shooting performance from Louisville K.O.’d Brittney Griner and the Bears. […] [Read More]

Six Straight Final Fours: Where does the streak rank?

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It’s not quite up there with 90 straight wins, but six consecutive Final Fours — which UConn achieved Monday — is pretty damn impressive. Because Connecticut is so accustomed to Final Four trips, it’s an accomplishment that may go overlooked. The Huskies are headed for a second straight national semifinal without a true superstar (although […] [Read More]
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Should UConn play in Fairfield County?

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It’s obvious why Webster Bank Arena wants to host UConn regular season games. But does such a move make sense for UConn? I examined the issue Sunday (you can read here), and arrived at the conclusion that, yes, a single regular season game makes sense under specific circumstances: It must be during the students’ winter […] [Read More]
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The Bracket of Bracket Strategies

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After a wild first weekend, your bracket might be hurting. That’s probably because you didn’t choose the correct strategy while filling it out. Don’t worry — I’ll help you see where you went wrong. Below, I’ve arranged sixteen popular bracket strategies in the structure of a bracket (’tis the season, isn’t it?). Seed-by-seed, let’s examine […] [Read More]
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How do you view Alex Oriakhi?

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Once a hero for the 2011 national champions, Alex Oriakhi won’t win any popularity contests in Connecticut these days. I caught up with Oriakhi Tuesday, and he discussed his comfort level at Missouri, his career at UConn and, of course, the upcoming NCAA tournament. Oriakhi and the ninth-seeded Tigers open with eight-seed Colorado State on […] [Read More]
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The Duffle Bag Returns…

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For the past two years, my assignment was the UConn men’s basketball beat, which I considered a truly awesome experience. I’m moving on, though, and The Duffle Bag is coming with me. Starting this week, I’ll be the sports columnist at Hearst Connecticut Media Group (Connecticut Post, Danbury News-Times, Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time). I’ll […] [Read More]
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A New Era at The Duffle Bag

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The eyebrows are no more. Translation: My little cartoon won’t be appearing in The News-Times anymore…and this blog will be renamed in a few days. On Thursday, I took a job as the UConn men’s basketball beat writer with The Connecticut Post (you can find the new blog here). I couldn’t be more excited, but […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC Football

Bethel’s Duffy named SWC Athlete of Week

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Congrats to Madison Duffy of Bethel volleyball on being named the SWC Athlete of the Week for Oct. 2-9. Duffy received 223 total votes and doubled-up her Bethel classmates, Autumn Sorice and Brandon Schmidt, who respectively finished second and third in the voting. Duffy totaled 30 kills (that’s a ridiculous stat, for those of you […] [Read More]
Categories: SWC Football