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UConn 82, Providence 79

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PROVIDENCE— Omar Calhoun hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 40 seconds remaining in overtime to open a 79-76 lead and Shabazz Napier hit three free throws in the closing seconds to preserve a wild 82-79 win over Providence Thursday at the Dunkin Donuts Center Providence guard Bryce Cotton, the Big East’s leading scorer, […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Halftime: UConn 33, Providence 32

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Despite being outrebounded 29-11, UConn took a 33-32 lead into halftime Thursday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. The Huskies converted 9-of-13 field goals to open up a 22-9 advantage, but were pounded on the boards — Providence collected a mind-boggling 18 on the offensive glass — and the lead quickly evaporated. Omar […] [Read More]
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Coast 2 Coast Hoops: UConn among teams to reach out to Kendal Harris

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Former USC commit Kendal Harris was recently released from scholarship, and UConn was among the many schools to make contact, according to Joey Natale of Coast 2 Coast Hoops. Harris, a 6-foot-4 point guard and one of the few remaining top 100 recruits in the 2013 class, de-commited from USC following the firing of coach […] [Read More]
Categories: Recruiting

Gameday and updates: UConn at Providence

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Is it fair to dub UConn and Providence a “rivalry”? Well, from 1994 (when Kevin Ollie sunk a game-winning layup) to 2006, the Huskies dominated the series, 16-6. But ever since, the Friars actually hold a 5-2 lead. So, yes. UConn and Providence is yet another rivalry that will become extinct in 2014. Some pre-game […] [Read More]
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Notes/Quotes from Jan. 30: “Coach Cooley is going to get that thing turned around”

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Highlights from practice on the eve of UConn’s matchup with Providence: *Shabazz Napier is still dealing with the effects of a left shoulder contusion suffered in a loss to Louisville. The injury has been painful when Napier sleeps, he said, and also caused him to sit out of Wednesday’s box-out drill. That’s just precautionary, though. […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Adrien posts double-double in first career start

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A day late with this, but former UConn forward Jeff Adrien posted his first career double-double — 14 points and 10 boards — in his first NBA start Monday. Adrien, who wrapped up his collegiate career in 2009, spent time overseas and in the NBDL before earning a contract with Charlotte. On January 8, he […] [Read More]
Categories: General, NBA Draft

Boatright dunk nominated for Geico Play of the Year

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Ryan Boatright’s alley-oop dunk from Shabazz Napier in UConn’s win over Notre Dame has been nominated for GEICO Play of the Year. The play, which you can watch below, is up against other nominees from Week 3. If Boatright advances, his play will “compete” with seven others and the winner will be announced April 6. […] [Read More]
Categories: General

UConn football commit Fuchs could play hoops

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Jordan Fuchs, a highly-touted two-sport star from Christ the King (New York), committed to play football at UConn Monday, according to The New York Post’s Zach Braziller. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Fuchs, who played high school basketball with Omar Calhoun and AAU with UConn commits Terrence Samuel and Kentan Facey, indicated that he could try both […] [Read More]
Categories: Recruiting

Notes/Quotes with Mike Aresco: Big East will “probably” add 12th team, no UConn for this year’s Big East tournament

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Big East commissioner Mike Aresco spoke Monday morning at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Some of the highlights: *It’s been reported that UConn AD Warde Manuel has lobbied for the Huskies to be included in the 2013 Big East tournament. Aresco, though, remains firm on the school’s ban. “That’s over for this year,” Aresco […] [Read More]
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Notes/Quotes from Rutgers: “Best guard conference in the country. It’s not even close.”

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Rutgers coach Mike Rice said there was a discussion on the bus ride to Storrs about which conference had the best backcourts. Big East, no contest, Rice insisted. On Sunday, he got a look at one of the league’s finest  in Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun. Napier, still dealing with the left shoulder […] [Read More]
Categories: General