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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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Kevin Ollie (AP)

Reaction: Ollie ejected as UConn falls to Louisville

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  Very rarely does someone lose it like Kevin Ollie did Saturday night at Gampel. Rather than overreacting in the moment, I spent the ride home pondering Ollie’s ejection and UConn’s loss. I asked myself, “When was the last time I’d seen anybody so enraged over anything?” My memory jogged to the fall of 2008, […] [Read More]
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Rapid Reaction: UConn loses at SMU, drops second straight

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  I didn’t make the trip to Texas, but our beat writer Bill Paxton (@wspaxton) was down at Moody Colesium this afternoon. Some quick thoughts after watching from that bizarre ESPNU TV angle: *Perhaps we overestimated UConn. I think we definitely underestimated the AAC. These first two teams — Houston and SMU— weren’t terrible by […] [Read More]
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Danrad Knowles (AP)

UConn-Houston, Take II

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Did anyone else wake up this morning and think, “What the hell happened last night?” I guess that’s a normal thing to say after New Year’s Eve. Or after UConn goes to Houston and sleepwalks through the first half of its AAC debut. To find the answer to that question, I re-watched the game and […] [Read More]
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