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Notes/Quotes from Nov. 24: “He was that extra coach on the floor”

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Just arrived at Gampel Pavilion for Saturday morning practice. Some quick notes on UConn’s Sunday afternoon tilt with Stony Brook and ex-UConn player/assistant coach Steve Pikiell. *Senior guard R.J. Evans is out for a “significant time” with a sternal-clavicular sprain, according to a UConn official.  Pretty big blow for the Huskies. Evans has been “the […] [Read More]
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Q&A: Did Ollie’s contract status hurt UConn with Brandon Austin?

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Q: Kevin, Do you think KOs contract situation affected Brandon Austin’s decision? That was a brutal loss for the program. Missed opportunities now, will really hurt in ’14 and ’15. – Steve Connaughton A: I can’t be completely sure because I never talked to Austin throughout his recruitment. After Xavier Rathan Mayes didn’t work out, […] [Read More]
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Final Thoughts, Trip Tidbits from Paradise Jam

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Just arrived home from St. Thomas, where I spent the past few days eating questionable seafood and chronicling UConn in the Paradise Jam. First, some observations on the team, and then some memories from the trip. Tyler Olander (AP) *UConn desperately needs more from Tyler Olander. No one is asking for 20 and 10, but […] [Read More]
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Progress Report on Ollie: So far, so good

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ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Warde Manuel’s Thanksgiving vacation was supposed to go something like this: Arrive at St. Thomas Tuesday, hang out for a few days, watch the UConn women cruise through the Paradise Jam bracket by 60 points per game and head back to good old Storrs. With UConn considered for the […] [Read More]
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New Mexico 66, UConn 60

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ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — After winning three nail-biters in  the first two weeks of the season, UConn finally was outplayed down the stretch. New Mexico, which trailed 55-53 with 2:23 remaining, went on a 9-0 run to K.O. the Huskies and hand them a 66-60 defeat in Monday’s Paradise Jam championship. UConn, which […] [Read More]
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Halftime: New Mexico 30, UConn 27

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UConn enters halftime of the Paradise Jam championship facing a 30-27 deficit against New Mexico. Both teams were involved in emotional, back-and-forth wins last night, so the sloppiness — the teams combined for 15 turnovers before either reached 15 points — isn’t too surprising. Freshman shooting guard Omar Calhoun has a team-high eight points and […] [Read More]
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Live updates: UConn vs. New Mexico in Paradise Jam final

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Once again, join Kevin Duffy who will be Tweeting live updates from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the championship of the Paradise Jam: UConn vs. New Mexico. Tipoff is approximately 10 p.m. [Read More]
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Tonight’s opponent: New Mexico

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I spent some time talking with Geoff Grammar of the Albuquerque Journal, and he gave me a quick scouting report for the Lobos. In short, they seem very similar to UConn. New Mexico (3-0) enters the championship game following a thrilling 70-69 win over George Mason in the semifinals. (if you UConn’s was exciting, you […] [Read More]
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