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More Notes/Quotes from Big East Media Day: “I hate using the whistle!”

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A very raspy Kevin Ollie addressed the media Wednesday, his voice suggesting either illness or overuse. Or both. UConn has run four “very long” practices, in the words of Ryan Boatright, and Ollie has been “yelling from the second he got in the gym.” Hence the sore throat. “He’s got to get used to that,” […] [Read More]
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Notes/Quotes from Big East Media Day: “Rick’s full of (it).”

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NEW YORK — It isn’t Big East media day without some conference realignment drama. And Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got that out of the way quickly. Early Wednesday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino reportedly insinuated that Temple and Memphis, both joining the league in 2013, will adequately fill the void left by Syracuse and Pittsburgh. When […] [Read More]
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UConn’s Napier named preseason All-Big East second team

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UConn guard Shabazz Napier has been named to the preseason All-Big East second team by vote of the league’s coaches. Napier, a junior, averaged 13 points and 5.8 assists while shooting 39 percent from the field a year ago. He was the only Husky to receive individual honors. Louisville guard Peyton Siva was selected as […] [Read More]
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UConn selected ninth in preseason Big East coaches poll

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2012-13 Preseason Coaches’ Poll 1. Louisville (14) 2. Syracuse 3. Notre Dame (1) 4. Cincinnati 5. Georgetown 6. Pittsburgh 7. Marquette 8. USF 9. UConn 10. St. John’s 11. Rutgers 12. Villanova 13. DePaul 14. Seton Hall 15. Providence UConn’s Big East Preseason Rankings *since conference expanded and abandoned the two-division format Year     Preseason Rank       […] [Read More]
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Construction to begin on UConn Basketball Development Center

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UConn has met 75 percent of the cost for a new basketball practice facility, and construction will begin “as soon as possible,” the school announced Tuesday. Between donations and pledges, $24 million of the necessary $32 million has been raised. Most recently, Mark Shenkman and his wife, Rosalind, committed $2 million to the facility.  Shenkman […] [Read More]
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Former UConn star Walker narrates city hoops documentary

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New York City legend Kemba Walker, now a point guard with the Charlotte Bobcats, has narrated a 10-part YouTube documentary that tracks the national championship season of a Manhattan AAU team. Check out the first installment below, and visit the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel (yes, that’s the real name) every Saturday for future episodes. [Read More]
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Faith and Family shaped UConn coach Kevin Ollie

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Who is Kevin Ollie? By now, you’re probably familiar with Ollie’ professional basketball career, which took him to 11 different NBA cities over the span of 13 seasons. He bounced from franchise-to-franchise, but always managed to find a home somewhere. In a recent interview with Hearst Connecticut, former Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown said that […] [Read More]
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Notes/Quotes from Saturday’s practice: “Sugar and Hot Sauce.”

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The Kevin Ollie era has yielded a brand new tradition. At the conclusion of Saturday’s practice, the Huskies circled around the midcourt logo and engaged in an exercise called “Sugar and Hot Sauce,” or as Stewie Griffin likes to call it, the “compliment sandwich.” While UConn’s group session is slightly less hilarious, the players claim […] [Read More]
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