My apologies for not posting this in the morning. I've had internet connection issues with my laptop all day long. I got on earlier to post the new Boston Red Sox batting hat for 2010 but then it crapped out again. It finally seems to be fixed so now we can move forward with the UConn Huskies links. UConn Football links A Conversation With CBS College Sports' Tom Lemming [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Top 10 of 2009: No. 2 [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] Top Big East coaches of the decade [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] Top Big East programs of the decade [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] Big East recruiting breakdown [ESPN.com] UConn Men's Basketball links Barnes on Calhoun [David Borges - New Haven Register] His Usual, Cantakerous Self' [David Borges - New Haven Register] The Big Three [David Borges - New Haven Register] Blaney speaks; Woodbury native to take more active role with Huskies [Ed Daigneault - The Republican-American] Post-St. John's game rundown [Gavin Keefe - The Day] Texas Coach Rick Barnes On Jim Calhoun [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Rick Barnes Conference Call [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] No timetable for Calhoun’s return [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] No storm brewing [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Big East bits [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Video: Interim UConn Coach George Blaney And Athletic Directory Jeff Hathaway Before St. John's [Shawn Courchesne - Hartford Courant] Video: Postgame Interviews Following Victory Over St. John's [Shawn Courchesne - Hartford Courant] One for the Gipper [UConn Huskies Basketball] Without Calhoun, UConn still owns St. John's [Connecticut Post] Losing may be part of what's bothering intensely driven Calhoun [Connecticut Post] UConn report card [Connecticut Post] UConn men's remaining schedule [Connecticut Post] With Blaney At Helm, Huskies End 3-Game Slide [Hartford Courant] Hathaway, Blaney Discuss Calhoun [Hartford Courant] Don't Draw Calhoun Conclusion [Hartford Courant] Leaders take over with the leader out Dyson, Robinson, Walker help Huskies snap skid [New Haven Register] Doctor will make Calhoun’s call [New Haven Register] Missing Calhoun, team has resolve [Norwich Bulletin] Huskies answer the bell [The Day] Players upset, concerned about Calhoun's condition [The Day] UConn goes on the attack to defuse Red Storm [The Republican-American] UConn turns to Calhoun's trusted lieutenant [The Republican-American] UConn men's notebook: Blaney finds minutes for Donnell Beverly [The Republican-American] St. John's Red Storm fall to UConn Huskies, 75-59 [New York Daily News] Facing another health issue, Calhoun should finally retire [Seth Davis - SI.com] UConn's Calhoun should go out on his own terms [Jeff Goodman - FOXSports.com] Other UConn related links Women's Ice Hockey: Huskies Host Maine for Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer Weekend [UConnHuskies.com] Men's Ice Hockey: Men's Hockey Heads Out On Three-Game Road Stretch [UConnHuskies.com] Cleveland writer: Big Ten ought to consider Connecticut in expansion plans [Detroit Free Press] no comments
Given the way the UConn Huskies shot the ball in the first half, it was probably a good thing head coach Jim Calhoun wasn't around. He would have probably blown a gasket or two. But I'd have to think he would be proud of their second half effort. A second half that saw the Huskies miss just nine shots (17-of-26) helped them to a 75-59 win over the St. John's Red Storm in front of 14,213 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on Wednesday night. The win for the Huskies (12-6, 3-3 Big East) ends a three-game losing skid while Norm Roberts' squad falls to 12-6 (2-4). With Calhoun shelved for the time being with an undisclosed illness, associate head coach George Blaney took the helm. It's not the first time he's done this as he improves to 5-3 while Calhoun is out. As a program, UConn is 18-4 without Calhoun on the bench. Jerome Dyson led the way for the Huskies with 21 points and had six rebounds and five assists. Stanley Robinson chipped in with 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds. He also had three blocked shots. Point guard Kemba Walker played one of his finer games this season as he had 17 points and six assists. D.J. Kennedy led the Red Storm with 19 points and seven rebounds. The only other member of the Johnnies in double-digits was Dwight Hardy, who came off the bench to score 12 points. St. John's started out quickly racing out to a 5-2 lead and were behind 13-11 early on. Trailing 21-15, the Huskies went on a 6-0 run to tie the game. Two straight three-pointers by Dyson gave the Huskies a 31-25 lead which shrunk to three points at the half (31-28). The Huskies started out hot in the second half as they went on an 11-4 run that pushed the lead to 10 at 42-32. UConn's defense held strong as St. John's was never able to get any closer than seven points the rest of the way. The difference in the coaching styles isn't too much. Calhoun's a yeller, Blaney isn't. And that was evident on Wednesday night. Although they shot the ball like crap in the first half, they looked a little more relaxed. This is more than likely due to the fact they didn't have to look over their shoulder when they made a mistake. They ran their offense and played good defense. Had they done what they did in the second half in the first half, they would have won this game by 30 easily. The Huskies will need to play a complete 40 minutes on Saturday when the No. 1 Texas Longhorns come to Gampel Pavilion for a nationally-televised non-conference matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and will be shown on CBS. Notes and musings: St. John's Red Storm @ UConn Huskies 1.20.10 box score The starters were Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson, Charles Okwandu and Alex Oriakhi. The Huskies shot 56.9% (29-of-51) from the floor while St. John's shot 34.3% (23-of-67). UConn had 15 assists on their 29 made baskets. The Huskies were 6-of-14 (42.9%) from three-point land while the Red Storm were 2-of-17 (11.8%). UConn shot 91.7% (11-of-12) from the free throw line. This is what needs to happen on a nightly basis. The Huskies barely won the battle on the boards 35-33. UConn was outscored in the paint 35-33. St. John's turned the ball over just nine times which UConn converted into 14 points. UConn had 14 turnovers which St. John's converted into just nine points. The Huskies outscored St. John's 16-6 on the fast break. no comments
It's game day for the UConn Huskies men's basketball team as the St. John's Red Storm come to the XL Center for a Big East matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast locally here in Connecticut on My-TV9 and SNY (where available). If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. UConn Men's Basketball At Ease? [David Borges - New Haven Register] Calhoun’s medical leave: Story draws national interest [Lee Lewis - The Republican-American] K-State, Curtis Kelly upend No.1 Texas [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Kemba Walker and George Blaney on Offense [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] George Blaney In For Resting Jim Calhoun [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Johnnies be good (maybe) [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Know Your Enemy: St. John's [UConn Huskies Basketball] Calhoun taking sudden medical leave [Connecticut Post] Calhoun will be back, and only he knows when he'll quit [Connecticut Post] UConn 'a little caught' but feels it has ability [Connecticut Post] Game Day: St. John's at UConn [Connecticut Post] UConn Coach Jim Calhoun Taking Indefinite Medical Leave [Hartford Courant] How Much Stress Can Calhoun Take? [Hartford Courant] Without Their Coach, Huskies Try To Move On Tonight [Hartford Courant] Former Colleagues And Players, Fellow Coaches Sympathize With Calhoun [Hartford Courant] Life's Work [Hartford Courant] Calhoun to take medical leave (updated) [New Haven Register] Blaney Days Ahead: Associate head coach steps in for ailing Calhoun tonight [New Haven Register] UConn's Calhoun to take medical leave of absence [AP via Norwich Bulletin] Calhoun takes medical leave of absence [The Day] Huskies' shooting from the line a foul subject [The Day] UConn's Calhoun out with stress-related trouble [The Republican-American] Huskies need to get their offense in gear [The Republican-American] Forward Curtis Kelly finds a home at K-State [Kansas City Star] UConn Women's Basketball links Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei returning to Springfield [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Berube sets mark [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Choo-Choo, Make Way For the Morgan Valley Railroad [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] It Was Like Giving Candy To the Crazies [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Doty Comes Full-Circle/Cameron Crazies [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] HUSKY REWIND: Doty unsung hero [Connecticut Post] Kalana Greene Steps Up Offensively For No. 1 Huskies [Hartford Courant] Greene steady as she goes for UConn [The Day] Huskies never take time off on defense [The Republican-American] Does country have a UConn complex? [ESPN.com] UConn Football links The Big East's top 10 moments of the decade [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] Big East team recruiting needs [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] Top 10 of 2009: No. 3 [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] Do the assistants need a raise? [John Silver - Journal Inquirer] Edsall Honored By King Holiday Commission [UConnHuskies.com] Other UConn related links If the Big Ten does expand, it could do far worse than to present a new Husky image [Cleveland Plain Dealer] Women's Ice Hockey: Connecticut Remains Among the Nationally-Ranked [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
As we found out earlier on Tuesday, UConn Huskies men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun has taken a temporary medical leave of absence. And if this report from Luke Winn of SI.com is true, then the reason why Calhoun is taking a break is due to some stress-related health issues.
A program source told SI.com that Calhoun's issue, this time, is stress-related, and that he needed time away from basketball for his health to stabilize. He'll miss Wednesday's game against St. John's, with associate head coach George Blaney taking over the team and the source said it was likely, but not yet certain, that Calhoun wouldn't be on the sidelines for Saturday's home game against No. 1 Texas, either.If true, this is good to hear. Hopefully this is something that will take care of itself in the coming days so that we can see Calhoun back roaming the sidelines sooner rather than later. Something also tells me we might see a different UConn team than we have this season. The Huskies usually are a little more relaxed when Calhoun isn't coaching. This is probably because they know they won't get yanked since Blaney's coaching style is a little different than Calhoun's. This isn't to say Blaney isn't a good coach because he's a fine coach and has the experience to lead the Huskies. Just like Allstate, they are in good hands with Blaney. no comments
The University of Connecticut officials announced on Tuesday afternoon that Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun will be taking a temporary medical leave effective immediately. Here is the statement from the school: University of Connecticut Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun will take a medical leave of absence from his head coach position, effective immediately, it was announced Tuesday. The following is a statement from University of Connecticut Health Center physician Peter Schulman, M.D., Jim Calhoun’s primary care physician: “It is my recommendation that Coach Calhoun take a medical leave from his coaching position to address some temporary medical issues, none of which involve any previous medical conditions that he has dealt with.” The following is a statement from UConn Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway: “Our primary concern is Coach Calhoun’s health and his complete recovery. We will do everything possible to support Coach during this time. Jim and I both know that the men’s basketball program is in very capable hands under the leadership of Associate Head Coach George Blaney.” Hopefully it's nothing to serious and we'll see Calhoun back on the sidelines quickly. Best wishes on a speedy recovery Coach Calhoun. no comments
Here's what Todd McShay of Scouts, Inc. had to say about UConn Huskies defensive end Lindsey Witten who is getting ready to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.
Witten is the most fluid and athletic of the East defensive linemen. He's also the leanest of the group, though. Witten, who ranked ninth nationally with 11.5 sacks this season, should have a strong showing during one-on-one pass-rushing drills but it will be interesting to see how he holds up physically at the point of attack versus the run. We also want to see how he does as a pass-rusher. Is he able to use his long arms and quick hands to disengage or will he get overpowered?He also added this about Witten in another article.
Witten's senior season couldn't have gone much better, as he had his best year at UConn and finished tied for ninth in the nation with 11½ sacks. At 6-foot-4, 248 pounds, Witten is an undersized end and might be asked to move to linebacker in the NFL. He needs to prove this week that he's strong enough to hold his ground against the run and fluid enough to drop into underneath coverage. A strong showing in Orlando could land Witten a spot in the third round of April's draft.The East-West Shrine Game will be shown on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. Editor's note: The above links are from ESPN Insider no comments
UConn Football links The Release From UGA On New DBs Coach Scott Lakatos [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] A tumultuous decade for the Big East [ESPN.com - Big East Blog] UConn football loses second assistant [Connecticut Post] UConn Football Assistant Heading To Georgia [Hartford Courant] Georgia hires away UConn DB coach [New Haven Register] Georgia hires Lakatos as DB’s coach; UPDATED with contract info [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] UConn DB Coach Scott Lakatos Named Secondary Coach At UGA [GeorgiaDogs.com] UConn Women's Basketball links Michala Johnson Has Torn ACL [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Johnson has torn ACL [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Johnson Has Torn ACL [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] Nichols Talks About Johnson’s ACL Injury [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] It's big picture moment after big picture moment [Vickie Fulkerson - The Day] Balanced UConn routs Duke [Connecticut Post] UConn women's notebook: Recruit tears recruit [Connecticut Post] UConn Defeats Duke 81-48 For 57th Consecutive Win [Hartford Courant] UConn's Defense Crushes Hearts, Minds [Hartford Courant] Charles' Three-Peat UConn's 3rd [Hartford Courant] Extras: UConn Women Beat Duke [Hartford Courant] No Sir, Duke [AP via New Haven Register] UConn signee tears ACL [New Haven Register] Unbeaten, unchallenged [The Day] UConn women crush another Top 10 foe [The Republican-American] With pressure on stars, Greene takes over game and hits Duke with 18 [The Republican-American] What a difference a year makes for Doty [ESPN.com] Delle Donne fitting in at Delaware [ESPN.com] UConn basketball women playing? Then bet on a victory [USA Today] UConn Men's Basketball links UConn Unranked For First Time Since Jan. 2008 [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Free Throws [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] Coming Close But Not Getting There [Mike Anthony - Hartford Courant] UConn-Michigan rewind [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] Giving Back: Hasheem Thabeet and Samaritan's Feet [UConn Huskies Basketball] UConn Men Try To Figure Out What Is Wrong [Hartford Courant] Desperate times for Huskies [The Day] Immediate action needed for Huskies [The Republican-American] Other UConn related links Women's Ice Hockey: Connecticut's Cristin Allen Named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week [UConnHuskies.com] no comments
For at least the first half, it looked as though the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils were going to give the No. 1 UConn Huskies a run for their money. Instead, whatever Geno Auriemma said to his squires at the half worked as the Huskies put on a clinic in the second half. A 23-9 run just after the half helped propel the Huskies to an 81-48 win over the Blue Devils in front 9,418 and a nationally televised audience on ESPN2 on Monday night. It's the 57th straight win for the Huskies who improve to 18-0 on the season. The loss for Duke ends a 23 game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium as they fall to 15-3. Maya Moore led the way for the Huskies, who saw all five scorers in double figures, scoring 14 of her 20 points in the second half. Moore had spent the late part of the first half on the bench with two fouls. Kalana Greene was outstanding as she had 18 points and added two rebounds and four assists. The sophomore backcourt duo of Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty both had 13 points with Hayes adding four assists and Doty three. Tina Charles, who earlier on Monday was named the Big East Player of the Week for the third straight week, finished with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Jasmine Thomas paced the Blue Devils with 17 points. Both Bridgette Mitchell and Joy Cheek added eight points. Karima Christmas led the Dukies with seven rebounds while adding four points. UConn got out of the gates quickly in this one hitting two 3-pointers, one each by Moore and Hayes. Duke cut the lead to three at 8-5 but the Huskies used a 17-10 run to push the lead to ten points at 25-15. Two free throws by Krystal Thomas would get the lead down to eight points at 29-21 but the Huskies would push the lead to 13 points with 2:09 left in the half. Duke would score the final three points of the half to trail by 10 at 38-28. The 23-9 run to the start the second half made sure the Huskies would get that 57th straight victory. The Huskies never trailed in the game but Duke never look scared of them, at least in the first half. We've seen teams look afraid walking on the court and the results have shown up in the box scores. We all know Auriemma is a master motivator and whatever he said worked as the Huskies looked like a totally different team in the second. Actually, they looked like the team we've seen all season long. The Huskies are off until Saturday when they head to see Auriemma's old friend Harry Peretta and the Villanova Wildcats. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game is scheduled to be broadcast locally here in Connecticut on CPTV. Notes and musings: UConn Huskies @ Duke Blue Devils 1.18.10 box score The starters were the usual five suspects of Tiffany Hayes, Caroline Doty, Kalana Greene, Maya Moore and Tina Charles. The Huskies shot 53.6% (30-of-56) from the floor while the Blue Devils shot 33.9% (19-of-56). The Huskies had 24 assists on their 30 made baskets. UConn was 13-of-25 (52%) from three-point land including 8-of-11 (72.7%) in the second half. The Huskies were 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Duke won the battle of the boards 35-31 while UConn won the points in the paint battle 28-24. UConn scored 21 points off of 23 Duke turnovers. Duke scored 10 points of 14 UConn turnovers. The rest of the game notes are courtesy of the UConn Sports Information department:
- UConn extended its current winning streak to 57 consecutive games - second-longest in NCAA Division I history.
- Tonight's game marked UConn's second in a three-day span against opponents ranked among the top-10 nationally.
- UConn has won its last 20 "true" road games following tonight's win over No. 7/7 Duke.
- UConn leads the all-time series with Duke 5-3 and have won the last two meetings between the programs.
- UConn improves to a perfect 6-0 this season against ranked opponents.
- UConn has won its last 11 games overall against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference, dating back to a Jan. 15, 2007 loss at North Carolina.
- UConn boasts an overall record of 11-0 against opponents ranked among the top 10 nationally during its current 57-game winning streak.
- UConn has won 92 of its last 101 road games following tonight win over No. 7/7 Duke.
- UConn improves to 88-18 in games nationally televised since 2001-02, including a 5-0 mark this season.
- UConn boasts a record of 42-10 in games televised on ESPN2 since 2001-02.
- UConn is 10-2 overall in appearances on "Big Monday" following tonight's win over No. 7/7 Duke.
- This marked the 16th consecutive season that UConn played before a national television audience on Martin Luther King Day - the Huskies are 12-4 all-time on the holiday and have won their last three.
- UConn moves to 223-83 all-time in the month of January and have won its last 30 during the month overall.
- UConn is 250-11 all-time when playing as the nation's No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press poll.
- UConn has won 56 consecutive regular season games following tonight's win at No. 7/7 Duke.
- UConn moves to 18-0 to start a season for the third straight time and eighth time since 1994-95.
- UConn is 147-53 all-time against ranked opponents and 33-20 in road games vs. ranked foes following tonight's win over No. 7/7 Duke.
- Kalana Greene's 18 points marked her fourth consecutive game with double-figure points, her 11th this season and the 59th of her career.
- Caroline Doty's 13 points marked her eighth game with double-figure points this season and the 14th of her career.
- UConn opened the second half with a 27-8 run over the opening 9:36 to take its lead to 65-42.
- Tiffany Hayes 13 points marked her 11th game with double-figure points this season and the 28th of her career.
- Maya Moore's 20 points marked her 17th game with double-figure points this season and her 91st in 95 career games.
- UConn has won each of its last 57 games by a minimum of 10 points - an NCAA record.
- UConn's 13 three-point field goals made tied its highest single-game total this season.
- Tina Charles' 10 points marked her eighth consecutive game with double-figure points and her 101st of her career.
- Tina Charles' 10 points and 14 rebounds marked her 45th career double-double and her seventh this season, including her fourth straight game.
- UConn had a total of five players register double-figure points for the fifth time this season.
UConn Huskies senior center Tina Charles seems to be on her way to Big East and National Player of the Year honors if she keeps playing at the level she's been doing. For the third straight week, the Big East Conference has named Charles the Big East Player of the Week. It's the fourth time she's won it this season. In UConn's two wins over Marquette and Notre Dame, Charles averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds. In the win over Marquette, Charles had 23 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. Against Notre Dame on Saturday night in primetime, Charles had 23 points and 12 rebounds in help the Huskies to a 24 point win. The UConn women are back in action tonight as they are in Durham, NC for a non-conference MLK Day matchup with the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. no comments
It's game day for the UConn Huskies women's basketball team as they are in Durham, NC for a MLK Day non-conference matchup with the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can listen to the game on the WTIC/UConn Radio Network. UConn Women's Basketball links Shooting blanks [Jim Fuller - New Haven Register] Summing It Up [John Altavilla - Hartford Courant] Huskies Ready For Crazies [Rich Elliott - Connecticut Post] The best signs from GameDay Saturday [The UConn Blog] No. 1/1 Women's Basketball Faces No. 7/7 Duke in Monday Road Showdown [UConnHuskies.com] Charles now a model of elite consistency [Connecticut Post] UConn women's game day at Duke [Connecticut Post] UConn Women Face Duke At Cameron Indoor [Hartford Courant] Preview: No. 1 UConn Women At No. 7 Duke [Hartford Courant] Greene doing all the little things [New Haven Register] UConn's Charles intends to close strong [Norwich Bulletin] Another ranked foe for UConn [The Day] Tina Charles leading way for No. 1 Huskies [The Republican-American] Engeln, Laguna Hills win showdown with San Clemente [OCVarsity.com] Duke women facing UConn 'machine' [News & Observer] Blue Devils plan to keep identity against undefeated Connecticut women [The Burlington Times News] UConn Men's Basketball links Singing the UConn blues [Gavin Keefe - The Day] Hail to the victors [Neill Ostrout - Connecticut Post] And Michigan students are supposed to be smart [Ed Daigneault - The Republican-American] Self-Inflicted Wounds [UConn Huskies Basketball] UConn struggles at Michigan, loses 3rd straight [Connecticut Post] UConn men's notebook: Just OK in the paint [Connecticut Post] Michigan Hands UConn Third Straight Loss [Hartford Courant] Time Running Short For Huskies [Hartford Courant] Gavin Edwards Stands Out In Huskies' Loss [Hartford Courant] Extras: Michigan 68, UConn Men 63 [Hartford Courant] It's the same old story for the Huskies [The Day] UConn men's basketball notes [The Day] Another rough game for UConn men [The Republican-American] Lack of Low-Post Presence Hurting Struggling UConn Men [NESN.com] Recap: Wolverines 68, No. 15 Huskies 63 [Detroit Free Press] Big Ten foes won't be as passive as UConn [Detroit Free Press] U-M upset of UConn a crucial victory [Detroit News] UConn Football links Georgia Set To Announce Lakatos As DB Coach Today [Desmond Conner - Hartford Courant] Other UConn related links Women's Ice Hockey: Two-Goal Second Period Leads Huskies Past Vermont [UConnHuskies.com] no comments