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Rapid Reaction: UConn 77, Villanova 65

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****When Kevin Ollie burned his first timeout, incensed with Niels Giffey and the general beginning of Saturday’s NCAA third round tournament game, Villanova had already scored 13 points. It had taken the Wildcats just over four minutes and only five possessions. They were on pace for triple digits. UConn was on pace to get blasted, […] [Read More]
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Amida Brimah (AP)

A closer look: Amida Brimah

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  Amida Brimah saved UConn’s season Thursday night versus St. Joseph’s, sinking a jumphook — plus the foul — and the ensuing free throw to force overtime. The 7-foot freshman has emerged as the Huskies’ top big man at the perfect time. He can be a game-changer defensively (when he avoids foul trouble) and has […] [Read More]
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Calhoun interested in B.C. job….maybe?

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  Retired UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun was reported to have “significant interest” in the Boston College coaching vacancy, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. When reached for comment Friday afternoon, Calhoun refuted the report — more or less. “Yeah, I can’t speculate,” Calhoun said. “No one has approached me and I haven’t approached anyone.” […] [Read More]
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Montrezl Harrell (AP)

Bracket Thoughts: The AAC, The Terrible Seeding, and The Unimportance of Terrible Seeding

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    The NCAA selection committee filled out its bracket like I filled out the math section of the SATs. They blindly guessed…..and then they cheated. The committee cheated one AAC team — SMU — out of the field altogether, and it cheated Louisville out of a No. 1, No. 2 (where they probably belong), […] [Read More]
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Josh Pastner (AP)

Thursday taught us a bit about UConn, a lot about Memphis

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  MEMPHIS — There was Niels Giffey burying a three, UConn’s fourth of the first half, which led to a Josh Pastner timeout and a few Husky chest-bumps. Two possessions later, there was Giffey again, opening a 29-17 lead, quickly slapping DeAndre Daniels’ hand as he raced back to stop the Memphis fastbreak. On another, […] [Read More]
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Video: Shabazz Napier wins AAC Player of the Year

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) Shabazz Napier won the AAC Player of the Year award Wednesday, becoming the first Husky to take league POY honors since Hasheem Thabeet in 2008-09. That year, Thabeet shared the award with Pitt’s DeJuan Blair. This time, there was no split, although there were three equally-deserving candidates in Napier, Sean Kilpatrick and Russ Smith. […] [Read More]
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Amida Brimah (AP)

The family legacy of Amida Brimah

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I caught up with Amida Brimah Friday to discuss something outside of hoops: His family back in Ghana. In 2001, an uncle penned a book, “A Migrant African Chief,” that chronicles the deep history of Brimah’s family.  His great grandfather and grandfather, Amida Peregrino Brimah, were famous as Chiefs in the Muslim community of Accra, […] [Read More]
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Sean Kilpatrick (AP)

The AAC Player of the Year Race: Statistically, it can’t get much closer

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Before we dissect the phenomenal seasons of Shabazz Napier, Russ Smith and Sean Kilpatrick, let’s start with some facts about conference player of the year. As it turns out, the theory that that the award goes to the best player on the best team is exactly half-true. I examined the award in the past 10 […] [Read More]
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Jeremy Lamb (AP)

Two years later: How stacked was that 2011-12 team?

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The two-year rule states that one cannot accurately assess the talent on a given roster without waiting at least two years for the raw ability of certain players to blossom. The two-year rule was enacted on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, the day I realized how stacked the 2011-12 Huskies roster looks now. This reflection period […] [Read More]
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Warde Manuel (AP)

UConn AD Manuel refutes reports of candidacy for Virginia Tech job

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  UConn athletic director Warde Manuel issued a statement Wednesday afternoon refuting reports that linked him to the soon-to-be vacant Virginia Tech AD job. It had been reported on TheKeyPlay.com, via radio Roanoke radio host Greg Roberts, that Manuel was among the six finalists. “I am not a candidate, have not been interviewed nor have […] [Read More]
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