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Niels Giffey (AP)

Sans Shabazz: The 15 possessions that saved UConn’s season

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — What was said when Shabazz Napier exited with his second foul, the Huskies out of sync and temporarily out of star power, depends on who you ask. According to freshman Terrence Samuel, Ryan Boatright simply told the team, “Yo, let’s get some stops.” According to Niels Giffey, it was, ‘Step up the […] [Read More]
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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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