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Previewing UConn’s Offensive Depth Chart

Last week I wrote about the offense that Bob Diaco and Frank Verducci will have to work with next season. This time, the defense will be magnified and we’ll look into the hybrid formation that the Huskies run. During the 2014 campaign, UConn’s defense helped them compete in close games, but it was usually the offense that couldn’t capitalize and give them the win. The defense...
Via AAC Football Fever
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brimah, Boatright lead UConn over Tulane 67-60

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Amida Brimah scored 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots as UConn snapped a two-game losing streak with a 67-60 win Sunday over Tulane. The Huskies 7-foot center hit all eight of his shots from the floor, many on lob passes from freshman Daniel Hamilton, who finished with nine assists to go with seven points and nine rebounds. Ryan Boatright...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: UConn Star Ryan Boatright Injured in Scuffle With Memphis Players

UConn fans got a scare Thirsday night that they were not expecting to ever get. During the first half Ryan Boatright and a few other guys ended up getting in a scuffle with a few Memphis players near the Memphis bench. Not a whole lot actually went on, but it appears that Huskies guard Ryan Boatright caught the worst of what did.Ouch. Read more »
Via FatManWriting
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Ryan Boatright Injured During Scuffle Between Memphis And UConn

Things got very chippy midway through the first half between Memphis and UConn, and a brief shoving match led to Huskies star Ryan Boatright leaving the game for a chunk of the game. Boatright and a few UConn teammates got into it with a group of Tigers near the Memphis bench, and the Huskies’ star guard caught a blow to the face during the brief scuffle.  Boatright has reentered...
Via College Spun
9 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn basketball: Looking ahead to March

UConn men’s basketball earned a big win Thursday night at the XL Center in Hartford. They dominated American Athletic Conference leader Tulsa 70-45. The Huskies earned a much needed upset over a quality opponent. Boatright led UConn with 23 points. However, for once this game wasn’t about Ryan Boatright. It was about playing team basketball. The Huskies played sound on both sides...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn Names Frank Verducci As Offensive Coordinator In Coaching Shuffle

As Bob Diaco tries to guide a culture change to Connecticut and bring together a football family, Frank Verducci will be brought in as the new offensive coordinator. Another New Jersey native, Verducci served as the tight ends and offensive tackles coach at the University of Northern Iowa last season and has an impressive resume that includes stints with three NFL teams. With 31...
Via AAC Football Fever
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking UConn’s Recruiting Class of 2015

UConn received 22 signed letters of intent this offseason and it was made official yesterday on college football’s “holiday” of National Signing Day. The Huskies will bring in a diverse class of athletes under Bob Diaco’s first go around of recruiting for the team. Let’s take a look at how UConn did at each position and hand out grades accordingly. QB: B+ Tyler Davis –...
Via AAC Football Fever
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Geno's quest for 900 wins highlights women's hoops this week

Another milestone for Geno Auriemma, a showdown in the Pac-12 and unbeaten teams trying to remain perfect highlight this week in women's college basketball. Auriemma will try to become the sixth women's coach to reach 900 wins Tuesday night when his Connecticut Huskies face Cincinnati. With a victory, the Hall of Famer would be the fastest coach in men's or women's basketball to...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back at UConn’s Lone Conference Win Against UCF

As conference play is under way in AAC basketball, a familiar opponent in UCF visited UConn on Thursday for their only matchup of the season. In football terms, Husky fans remember the Knights as the only team UConn defeated in conference play last year. Let’s think happy thoughts today and take a look back at the homecoming victory for the Huskies, with a little Twitter commentary...
Via AAC Football Fever
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Offseason To-Do List: UConn Huskies

With just five wins combined over the past two seasons, the UConn Huskies are in need of a new direction for the program as a last place finish in the AAC concluded Bob Diaco’s first season as head coach. An assortment of recruits are on the way that include quarterbacks Tyler Davis and NC State transfer Bryant Shirreffs, as well as help on both the offensive and defensive line...
Via AAC Football Fever
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Game Preview: UMass Lowell River Hawks vs. Connecticut Huskies

Yes, UMass Lowell River Hawk fans got what they wanted for Christmas with the return of their beloved hockey team from holiday break, but a win over Sacred Heart University on Saturday was icing on the cake. Now, after the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Union College Dutchmen in the second game on Saturday, UMass Lowell will face-off against the Huskies on Sunday night. The...
Via Mill City Sports
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

BYU Cougars at Connecticut Huskies: Betting Odds, point spread and tv info

On Friday night the BYU Cougars and Connecticut Huskies will kick off their 2014 football seasons. UConn and BYU will both be looking to earn their first win of the season at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Coverage of Friday’s game will start at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN. The Odds: The BYU Cougars are a 16.5 point favorite against the UConn Huskies. The over/under...
Via Tireball.com
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Bob Diaco’s Announcement Of Connecticut’s Starting QB Is Very Strange

First year Connecticut head coach Bob Diaco announced that junior Casey Cochran will be the team’s starting QB. Diaco made the announcement during a press conference, and if you watch the entire video above, there are some parts that will leave you scratching your head.  The post Bob Diaco’s Announcement Of Connecticut’s Starting QB Is Very Strange appeared first on Diehardsport.
Via Diehardsport
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Touted guard Jalen Adams picks UConn

The Connecticut Huskies landed an important recruit on Monday, as 6′-2″ guard Jalen Adams of Cushing Academy (NH) announced his commitment via Twitter. Adams, who runs on the grassroots circuit for the Mass Rivals, held scholarship offers from the Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals and many others before picking his “dream school”, UConn. He joins Georgia guard ...
Via Hoopniks
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Heat Pick Shabazz Napier to Lure LeBron Back

Napier led Uconn to the NCAA Championship last season as a Huskies senior. During the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday Night, there were many surprising picks and trades. One important one was the Heat’s trading up to pick Shabazz Napier, the raved-about point guard out of Uconn. It is understandable to pick Napier because of his talent, but that is not why the Heat picked him. Sure...
Via The League News
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier graduates from Connecticut

Shabazz Napier contemplated leaving Connecticut for the NBA following his junior season, but ultimately decided to remain in school because of a promise he made to his mother. Carmen Velasquez, a single mom to three kids, wanted her youngest child, Shabazz Bozie Napier, to get his degree.  “The only thing that she asks us to do, that if you’re going to start something, you’ve...
Via College Spun
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: UConn’s DeAndre Daniels Will Declare For The NBA Draft

Without forward DeAndre Daniels, UConn likely doesn’t capture its fourth national championship. Now, the Huskies will be without the versatile 6-foot-8 forward’s services as they attempt to defend that trophy. As first reported by Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Daniels will declare for the NBA Draft. Daniels averaged 13.1 points and six rebounds per game for the Huskies as a...
Via College Spun
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier: Breaking down point guard’s draft stock

Shabazz Napier was the story of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He threw his Connecticut team on his back and led the seventh-seeded Huskies to a championship with a 60-54 win over a heavily-favored Kentucky team. After a fantastic four-year career, now Napier will be looking forward to the 2014 NBA Draft. No one improved his draft stock in this year’s tournament more than Napier, but...
Via Rumors and Rants
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier Calls Out NCAA After UConn Wins National Title (Video)

Connecticut senior guard Shabazz Napier celebrated a national championship with his UConn teammates Monday night. But first, he had a message for the NCAA. “Ladies and gentlemen,” Napier proclaimed to the AT&T Stadium crowd after being announced as the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, “you’re looking at the hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us...
Via NESN.com
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn's Shabazz Napier lands on cover of 'Sports Illustrated'

An improbable NCAA Tournament run, a National Championship, a shot at the NCAA, and the introduction to the “Hungry Huskies” and UConn star guard Shabazz Napier now lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player is featured on this week’s cover of SI, as they go through UConn’s amazing run […]
Via Full Scale Sports
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier: “This Is What Happens When You Ban Us”

A year ago, the Connecticut Huskies were not playing in the NCAA Tournament – not because they didn’t win enough games, but because they were banned from postseason play due to low APR scores in years prior. UConn’s players were forced to miss out on the big dance despite nobody on the roster contributing to the low mark. Well, it looks like they haven’t exactly forgotten...
Via College Spun
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Kentucky’s James Young Throws Down Best Dunk Of NCAA Tournament (Video)

Kentucky’s James Young threw down the biggest dunk of the 2014 NCAA tournament during the biggest game. With the Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies battling for the national title on Monday night, Young elevated over two UConn defenders, including 7-foot freshman Amida Brimah, and capped off the spectacular left-handed jam. The freshman followed up his dunk by draining the free...
Via NESN.com
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

National Championship Game: Shabazz Napier Shoves his own Teammate

The UConn Huskies jumped out to an early lead in the National Championship Game, but the Kentucky Wildcats have made the game interesting again in the second half. After a turnover on the previous possession, Shabazz Napier decided to take action into his own hands. To do that, it meant literally shoving teammate Ryan Boatright to make sure he went to the right area. In a game like...
Via Standing O Sports
April 07, 2014  |  1 Comment

Shabazz Napier: “Hard To See My Jersey Getting Sold While I Starve” (Video)

Shabazz Napier is a Senior now, the best point guard in college basketball and 40 minutes from a national title.  Those accolades alone allow for some deep thinking conversation and questions about big time college sports and the treatment of those athletes. Napier, the star point guard for The University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team, recently told reporters he understands...
Via Thacover2
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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