Well Tina Charles reign as Big East Player of the Week is over. But the honor will be staying in Storrs, CT for another week. UConn Huskies junior All-American Maya Moore has been named the Big East Player of the Week. It's the second time this season that Moore has been chosen. Moore averaged 22 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists in UConn's road wins over Duke and Villanova. In the win over Duke, Moore has 20 points, including six 3-pointers, and had four assists. In the win over Villanova on Saturday, Moore had 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists in just 23 minutes played. The UConn women are back in action on Tuesday night when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights come to the XL Center in Hartford, CT for a Big East matchup. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and televised somewhat nationally on CBS College Sports. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. no comments
UConn Women's Basketball links A Battle Of Biblical Impact [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] UConn-Villanova Rewind [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] Goal Of UConn Women Goes Beyond Winning [Hartford Courant] Hard to find a flaw in this team [New Haven Register] Little chance for upset [The Republican-American] UConn Men's Basketball links You Don't Mess Around With Jim [David Borges - New Haven Register] Jerome Dyson vs. Texas [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Ater Majok Makes Things Happen Vs. Texas [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Rick Barnes On UConn's victory over Texas [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Best Gampel Crowd ... In History? [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] UConn-Texas redux [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] UConn A Different Team With Walker In Control [Hartford Courant] Recruits convinced Calhoun will be back on the bench [New Haven Register] Majok’s growth starting to show [Norwich Bulletin] Majok's hustle makes impact for Huskies [The Day] Coaching story out of control [The Republican-American] Ex-Big East commish Dave Gavitt reunites with Texas' Rick Barnes, George Blaney [NY Daily News] no comments
Here's video of the alley-oop pass from UConn Huskies senior Jerome Dyson to fellow senior Stanley Robinson in the win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. no comments
UConn Football links Offensive Lineman Hansson Commits To Huskies [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] UConn Hooked Up To Florida Football Pipeline [Hartford Courant] Dixon, Witten On Winning Side Of Shrine Game [UConnHuskies.com] UConn Women's Basketball links Roberts gets the call [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] UConn extends winning streak; beats Villanova 74-35 [Connecticut Post] UConn Women Crush Villanova For 58th Straight [Hartford Courant] On Trip Home, Gardler Makes First Career Start [Hartford Courant] UConn Women Extras ... [Hartford Courant] UConn women run past Villanova [New Haven Register] Former Mercy star Roberts gets her shot [New Haven Register] UConn women rout Villanova in Gardler homecoming [The Republican-American] The glorious grit of UConn's Caroline Doty [Philadelphia Inquirer] UConn Men's Basketball links Nostradamus, I'm Not [David Borges - New Haven Register] A memorable performance [Gavin Keefe - The Day] Hornswoggled [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Video: Texas Reaction After Their Loss To UConn [Shawn Courchesne - Hartford Courant] Video: George Blaney Following The Win Over Texas [Shawn Courchesne - Hartford Courant] Video: UConn Players Following Their Victory Over Texas [Shawn Courchesne - Hartford Courant] Storm the Court [UConn Huskies Basketball] UConn takes down top-ranked Texas [Connecticut Post] Pressure on college coaches to win never ends [Connecticut Post] Dyson Leads UConn Men Past No. 1 Texas [Hartford Courant] Minutes The Payoff For Majok [Hartford Courant] Dyson Helps Put Life Back Into Gampel [Hartford Courant] UConn Men Extras ... [Hartford Courant] UConn tops No. 1 Texas [New Haven Register] Dyson delivers on big stage [New Haven Register] Dyson steals the show in Huskies' upset of Texas [Norwich Bulletin] Straight from the heart [The Day] UConn notes: Walker does U-turn in second half [The Day] Huskies surprise No. 1 Longhorns [The Republican-American] UConn men's basketball notebook for Jan. 23 [The Republican-American] Amazing second half brightens UConn's future [The Republican-American] Texas drubbed by Connecticut [Austin American-Statesman] Are the Huskies on the Rebound? [The Quad] Huskies blast past Longhorns late [Andy Katz - ESPN.com] Other UConn related links No. 8/9 Connecticut Women's Ice Hockey Extends Streak with 2-1 Win [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Hernandez Game Winner Helps Huskies Past Army 2-1 [UConnHuskies.com] Fan mail for Jan. 24 [Connecticut Post] no comments
Two members of the 2009 UConn Huskies football team, running back Andre Dixon and defensive end Lindsey Witten, were busy playing football on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game. Both were part of the East's 13-10 win at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Witten has one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hurries while Dixon did lead the East squad with 24 yards rushing on seven carries. I was able to find something from Scouts, Inc. on Dixon's day and another article about Witten from Friday's practice. They are below for your enjoyment. Here's what Scouts, Inc. had to say about Dixon's day for the East squad.
East RB Andre Dixon (Connecticut) has surprisingly looked hesistant at times today. He's a downhill runner on film and during practices this week so we didn't expect to see the stutter steps at the line of scrimmage today. He has room to improve as a receiver with his hands away from his frame and running crisper routes, but he's athletic enough to do it. He's also a willing pass blocker who will step up and take on blitzing linebackers. Despite today's struggles, he'll be a good value for someone in the middle rounds.And here's what Todd McShay of Scouts, Inc. had to say about Witten after practice on Friday.
DE Lindsey Witten, Connecticut Witten had a solid week of practice, but today's good showing leaves a favorable impression in scouts' minds. He showed active hands and good upper-body strength during team run period. He also showed a little bit of a mean streak when he got double-teamed and fought through it nicely. He used his quickness around the edge and his active hands to victimize Rutgers OL Kevin Haslam during one-on-one pass rush drills. There are concerns about his ability to anchor in the run game, but he showed quickness and is tougher than his size (6-foot-4, 251 pounds) might suggest.Editor's note: Links from Scouts, Inc. are for ESPN Insider no comments
It was a tale of two halves for the UConn Huskies men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon. In the first half, it looked as though they were going to be blown out of Gampel Pavilion after trailing by eight points to the No. 1 Texas Longhorns at the half while committing 16 turnovers. The second half it was like the two teams switched uniforms as UConn was lights out on both ends of the floor while Texas was turning the ball over. And because of that strong second half and Jerome Dyson's career-high 32 points, the Huskies came back for an 88-75 upset of the Longhorns in front of 10,167 fans and a nationally televised audience on CBS. The Huskies got their first win over a ranked team this year and improve to 13-6. It's the second straight loss for the Longhorns who fall to 17-2 on the season. More importantly, it gives the Huskies a much needed win for their tournament resume as they go forward. Despite eight turnovers (six in the first half), Kemba Walker had a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists and also added six steals. Stanley Robinson added a double-double of his own with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Gavin Edwards came off the bench to add 11 points. Even though he only scored five points, Ater Majok had probably his finest game in a UConn uniform as he played with energy unlike we've seen from him all season. He had six rebounds and led the Huskies with four blocked shots while playing a season-high 31 minutes. Damion James paced Rick Barnes' squad with 25 points and seven rebounds. Avery Bradley chipped in with 15 points while Gary Johnson had nine points and seven rebounds. The first half was pretty ugly for the Huskies as they committed 16 turnovers which the Longhorns turned into 25 points. They could have been down more than 10 at the half but the Longhorns missed some easy shots. The first four minutes of the game were pretty much evenly contested with the Longhorns holding an 14-11 advantage at the first media timeout. They increased their lead to nine at 20-11 before a 9-0 run by the Huskies tied it up. The two teams exchanged three-pointers and then Texas went on a 7-0 run. The Huskies would score the next four points to cut to a three point lead but that's as close as they would get in the half. They would head into the locker room trailing 42-34. A Robinson turnover to start the second led to an Avery Bradley dunk that gave the Longhorns a 10 point lead and forced UConn acting head coach George Blaney to take a 30 second timeout. A 7-0 run by Walker and Dyson cut the Texas lead to three points at 44-41 but the Longhorns would get the lead up to seven points at 50-43. After the teams exchanged layups, Dyson hit a three-pointer with 14:24 to go that ignited a 13-0 run that would give the Huskies a 58-52 lead with 11:29 to go. The Longhorns would get no closer than four points the rest of the way as turnovers and missed shots plagued them. This was exactly what the Huskies needed. While the first half wasn't pretty by no means, it was what they didn in the second half that mattered. They came out and played basketball to their abilities. And when they do that, they can show what we've expected from them all season long. While the big three of Dyson, Robinson and Walker were strong, it was the contributions from the role players like Edwards, Majok and Donnell Beverly that can't be overlooked. All three of them were strong and Beverly helped out by slowing things down a little due to Walker's struggles in the first half. In the end, it was the win the Huskies desperately needed and one that would make their head coach Jim Calhoun proud. One can only imagine what he was thinking during the first half but he had to have had a big smile on his face when the students stormed the court after the win. The Huskies are back in action on Wednesday night when they head to the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI for a Big East matchup with the Providence Friars. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised locally on My-TV9 and SNY. Notes and musings: Texas Longhorns @ UConn Huskies 1.23.10 box score The starters were Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson, Ater Majok and Alex Oriakhi. The Huskies shot 54.9% (28-of-51) from the floor while the Longhorns shot 43.9% (29-of-66). UConn had 20 assists on their 28 made baskets. The Huskies shot 70.3% (26-of-37) from the free throw line. While it could have been better, the Huskies did make their free throws down the stretch. It also helped that the Longhorns can't shoot free throws either (9-of-16). UConn won the battle of the boards 36-34 and outscored Texas 38-37 in the paint. Texas finished with 19 turnovers (11 in the second half) that the Huskies turned into 24 points. UConn finished with 20 turnovers (just four in the second half) that the Longhorns turned into 29 points. UConn outscored Texas 20-13 on the fast break. The Huskies scored 54 points in the second half. This was the first time a No. 1 men's team came into Gampel Pavilion. UConn is now 2-6 against No. 1 teams. The Huskies have won 31 straight non-conference games at Gampel Pavilion. UConn is now 19-4 in games that Jim Calhoun has missed. His trusted lieutenant, George Blaney, is now 6-3 leading the Huskies in the 23 games that Calhoun has missed. no comments
During the UConn Huskies women's basketball 70-game winning streak from 2001-03, the Villanova Wildcats were the 58th victim during that stretch of wins. On Saturday afternoon in front of 3,723 at the Pavilion in Villanova, PA, the Huskies made the Wildcats their 58th victim of their current winning streak with a convincing 74-35 win. With their 58th straight win, the No. 1 Huskies improve to 19-0 (6-0 Big East). Harry Peretta's Wildcats fall to 11-7 (0-5). Maya Moore led the way for UConn with 24 points in just 23 minutes of action. She also had eight rebounds and four assists. Tina Charles added 14 points and eight rebounds while Kalana Greene had 10 points. Meghan Gardler made her first career start in what served as her homecoming game and finished with 6 points. Doylestown, PA native Caroline Doty led the Huskies with six assists. Maria Getty paced the Wildcats with 11 points. Marlbourough, CT native Rachel Roberts added six points in just her second game while Laura Sweeney added six points as well. Kyle Dougherty pulled down five rebounds to lead the Wildcats. If there was any chance of Villanova ending this winning streak like they did to the UConn's 70 game winning streak, the Huskies quickly put that notion to bed. The Wildcats got out to quick 1-0 lead when Getty hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line but it was all Huskies after that. They went on a 18-7 run to open up a ten point lead. Then in typical UConn fashion, they scored the next 21 points to push their lead to 31. The Huskies took a 45-12 lead into the locker room and never looked back from there as Geno Auriemma had his charges take it easy on his old friend's team in the second half. One day someone will give the Huskies a 40 minute battle. My guess is that one day won't be until sometime during the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies return to action on Tuesday night when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights come to the XL Center for a Big East matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast somewhat nationally on CBS College Sports. Notes and musings: UConn Huskies @ Villanova Wildcats 1.23.10 box score The starters were Caroline Doty, Meghan Gardler, Kalana Greene, Maya Moore and Tina Charles. Connecticut governor Jodi M. Rell was in the stands at the Pavilion as was former UConn Huskies men's basketball player Donyell Marshall. The Huskies shot 55.4% (31-of-56) from the floor while the Wildcats shot 23.4% (11-of-47). UConn had 17 assists on their 31 made baskets. By the way, Maya Moore had 10 field goals (10-of-14). All eleven Huskies saw action and scored in the game. UConn dominated the glass holding a 44-21 rebounding advantage. The Huskies scored 26 points off of 17 Villanova turnovers. Villanova had just nine points of off 13 UConn turnovers. UConn outscored Villanova 34-6 in the paint. The rest of the notes are courtesy of the UConn Sports Information Department: - UConn extended its current winning streak to 58 consecutive games – the second-longest in NCAA Division I history. - Connecticut opens the season 19-0 for the third consecutive year and eighth time since 1994-95. - UConn has won its last 21 “true” road games following today’s win at Villanova. - UConn leads the all-time series with Villanova 33-17 and has won the last seven meetings in the series. - UConn has won 138 of its last 146 games against BIG EAST opponents in the regular season. - UConn has posted a record of 93-9 in its last 102 road games. - UConn is 15-8 all-time in road games at Villanova. - Villanova marked win No. 58 during Connecticut current winning streak – the Wildcats were also victim No. 58 during UConn’s NCAA record 70-game run which spanned from 2001-03. - UConn is 224-83 all-time during the month of January and have won each of its last 31 games played during the calendar’s first month. - UConn boasts an all-time mark of 251-11 all-time when playing as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. - UConn has won 128 straight games against non-ranked opponents. - UConn has won 70 straight against BIG EAST opponents other than Rutgers during the regular season. - UConn is 263-2 vs. non-ranked opponents dating back to Jan. 31, 1999. - UConn has won 57 straight regular-season games following Saturday’s win at Villanova. - UConn is 337-8 all-time in games televised on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). - Senior Meghan Gardler made the first start of her career in her 112th career game. - Sophomore Tiffany Hayes saw her streak of consecutive starts snapped at 34 games. - Kalana Greene scored eight straight points for Connecticut over a stretch of 2:14 in the first half. - Kalana Greene's 10 points marked her fifth straight game with double-figure points, her 12th this season and the 60th of her career. - Villanova's 12 points in the first half tied for the fewest allowed by Connecticut in any half this season. - Villanova's three first-half field goals (3-of-16) marked the fewest allowed by Connecticut in any half since UConn held Cincinnati to a 3-of-28 clip on Jan. 24, 2009. - UConn held Villanova without a single point for a stretch of 8:59 in the first half. - Maya Moore's 24 points marked her 18th game with double-figure points this season and her 92nd in 96 career games. - Tina Charles' 14 points marked her 10th consecutive game with double-figure points and her 18th this season. - Maya Moore's 24 points marked her 40th career game with 20 or more points in her career and her 11th this season - including each of the last three games overall. - UConn has held its opponent to a field goal percentage of less than .300 in six of its last eight games overall. - UConn has shot over .500 from the field in six of its last eight games overall. - UConn has won each of its 19 games this season by a minimum margin of 12 points. no comments
It's game day for the UConn Huskies women's basketball team as they are in the Philadelphia area to take on the Villanova Wildcats in a Big East matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and will be televised locally here in Connecticut on CPTV. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. It's also game day for the UConn Huskies men's basketball team as the No. 1 Texas Longhorns come to Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT for a non-conference nationally-televised matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and will be televised on CBS. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. And let's not forget that two members of the UConn Huskies football team will be in action on Saturday afternoon as well. Running back Andre Dixon and defensive end Lindsey Witten are playing for the East team in the East-West Shrine Bowl being held at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. UConn Football links Scouting the Shrine Game [Big East Sports Blog] Edsall updates the program [Chip Malafronte - New Haven Register] Greatest RB And Best QB In UConn History? [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] News, Notes And Updates [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] News, Notes And Updates II [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Edsall’s winter update [Ed Daigneault - The Republican-American] Looking at the next decade of Big East football [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] How about a half-decade Big East team? [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] Winter preview [John Silver - Journal Inquirer] A myriad of football news [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Dixon, Witten In Shrine Game Saturday [UConnHuskies.com] UConn's Edsall Separates Rumor From fact [Hartford Courant] Bloomfield’s Campbell plans to rejoin Huskies [New Haven Register] Among other things, Edsall looking for 2 replacements on staff [Norwich Bulletin] Huskies welcome starter Olivier back [The Day] UConn Women's Basketball links Wawa Is Calling Doty/Roberts Activated [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] The perfectionist in Auriemma [Roger Cleaveland - The Republican-American] Geno expects recruit, team to be fine [Roger Cleaveland - The Republican-American] Charles dominating during senior season [AP via SI.com] Auriemma arranges train trip [AP via ESPN.com] UConn's Faris looks to boost her production [Connecticut Post] UConn women's game day: at Villanova [Connecticut Post] Villanova To Try Slowing No. 1 UConn [Hartford Courant] Tracking Tina [Hartford Courant] No. 1 UCONN WOMEN vs. VILLANOVA [Hartford Courant] Doty making her point [New Haven Register] Select company [New Haven Register] Doty has bounced back just fine [The Day] Faris needs to overcome rookie errors [The Republican-American] UConn Men's Basketball links O's and X's for Texas [David Borges - New Haven Register] Talking Texas [Gavin Keefe - The Day] Minus Calhoun, UConn Gears Up For Texas [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] George Blaney on Texas [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Damion James and Dexter Pittman [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] George Blaney On UConn's Focus [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Stanley Robinson, Jim Calhoun [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Barnes Vs. UConn [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Texas primer [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Know Your Enemy: Texas Longhorns [UConn Huskies Basketball] UConn welcomes No. 1 Texas to Storrs [Connecticut Post] UConn men's game day: vs. No. 1 Texas [Connecticut Post] No. 1 Texas A Real Challenge For UConn [Hartford Courant] UConn-Texas Capsule Preview [Hartford Courant] Huskies are ready for this 1 [New Haven Register] Huskies unfazed by test of No. 1 Texas [Norwich Bulletin] Huskies welcome the shot [The Day] Texas brings many weapons to UConn fight [The Republican-American] First loss puts UT on offensive [Houston Chronicle] Time to get your priorities straight [South Carolina Now] Other UConn related links Men's Ice Hockey: Huskies Drop 5-0 Decision To Army [UConnHuskies.com] Women's Ice Hockey: Horan Scores Twice in 4-1 No. 8/9 Women's Ice Hockey Victory at Freitas [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
UConn Women's Basketball links Gampel turns 20 [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Dolson delivers [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Practice makes perfect [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Auriemma Expresses Compassion For Michala Johnson [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Huskies Riding The Rails [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] Trains ... not planes or automobiles [Vickie Fulkerson - The Day] No. 1/1 Women's Basketball Heads To Villanova Saturday [UConnHuskies.com] UConn women go 'old-school,' taking train to Philadelphia [Connecticut Post] UConn Women Headed To Philly By Train [Hartford Courant] With budgets tight, UConn women travel by train [The Republican-American] UConn in a battle of ‘Cats and dogs [The Daily Campus] GA grads Doty, Carey set for showdown [PhillyBurbs.com] UConn Men's Basketball links UConn-St. John’s redux [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] UConn versus Texas Preview [UConn Huskies Basketball] UConn successful in its half-court set [Connecticut Post] Huskies Need To Keep Their Focus [Hartford Courant] Stress Takes A Toll On Coaches [Hartford Courant] Blaney not your average assistant [New Haven Register] Huskies' offense finally got it [Norwich Bulletin] Longhorns' Barnes expects best from Huskies [The Day] Texas is only second No. 1 team to visit Storrs [The Republican-American] Texas, Dexter Pittman ready to bounce back against Connecticut [The Daily Texan] Connecticut's Season, Not Just Calhoun, Up in the Air [Fanhouse] Calhoun's health leave latest struggle for UConn [The Pitt News] no comments