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Longhorns the Most Expensive Game for UConn Huskies Tickets

The UConn Men’s Basketball team shocked the world last season, winning the national title against the Kentucky Wildcats. They entered the tournament as a seven seed, probably a higher seed than their body of work dictated, but clearly an indication that the Huskies were expected to bow out early in the tournament. That was simply not the case and the Shabazz Napier-led Huskies...
Via Sox and Dawgs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

SMU, Memphis, and Cincy are most expensive AAC games for UConn Huskies tickets

The UConn Huskies men’s basketball team is on cloud nine after winning last year’s national championship. Head Coach Kevin Ollie proved swiftly and fiercely that he is amongst the game’s best on the sidelines as he led the 7th seeded Huskies all the way to Dallas to cut down the nets. This year, the Huskies return some, but not all of their roster as tournament stalwarts DeAndre...
Via Aaron Torres Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics Host Pre-Draft Workout For Three Potential Prospects (Video)

The Boston Celtics struggled in 2013-14, but now they’re looking to the future. In preparation for this year’s NBA draft, the Celtics held a workout for three prospects on Saturday — Glenn Robinson III from the University of Michigan, JaKarr Sampson of St. John’s University and Niels Giffey from the University of Connecticut. Robinson, the son of former No. 1 overall pick...
Via NESN.com
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

THE CLOSER ☆

The Kansas Jayhawks, with roots that can be traced to the founder of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, have won three NCAA tournament championships. The Louisville Cardinals, who made six Final Fours under Denny Crum and three more under Rick Pitino, have won three NCAA tournaments as well. Oklahoma State (formerly Oklahoma A&M), the program of names such as Iba and Sutton. Cincinnati...
Via Bloguin Best
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn beats Kentucky to win fourth NCAA title

The Connecticut Huskies won their fourth NCAA championship Monday night with a 60-54 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. UConn (32-8) never trailed, and led by as many as 15 in the first half.  Kentucky (29-11) missed 11 free throws, going 13 for 24, while UConn went 10 for 10. Shabazz Napier, one of three seniors who were apart of the Huskies 2011 title,  scored 22 points to go...
Via Sports-Glory
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Basketball Championship: Facts and Notes

  2014 NCAA Basketball Championship: Facts and Notes - The 7th seeded UConn Huskies and the 8th seeded Kentucky Wildcats is the highest combined seeds in a national championship game. -The only other 8 seed to win the NCAA Title was Villanova in 1985. No 7th seed has ever played for a title. -Kevin Ollie is looking to become 1st coach to win national title within first 2 seasons...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

#MarchMadness If you think they're student-athletes, you're a fool

Did you know the NCAA will grant you 5 years of 'eligibility' if you start work on your masters? Yep. And how does one have enough time to study for your MBA while playing high level college basketball? Exactly. Phil Mushnick sums up:Saturday, early in the Florida-Connecticut game, Nantz, calling the Final Four for CBS on TBS, said: “Kromah has checked in for the Huskies...
Via Bob's Blitz
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn Men’s 2014 National Championship Pregame Quotes

UConn Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie along with Shabazz Napier, Niels Giffey, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels and Phillip Nolan met with the media on Sunday in anticipation of Monday night’s NCAA Championship Game against the Kentucky Wildcats at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Here’s what they had to say: THE MODERATOR:  We’ll take questions for Coach Ollie and for the...
Via Sox and Dawgs
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn upsets Florida, advances to NCAA title game

The Connecticut Huskies, the seventh seed in the East Regional, played a solid all-around game Saturday to beat overall No. 1 seed Florida Gators 63-53. The Huskies ended the Gators 30-game winning streak, which began after the Huskies beat the Gators 65-64 on Dec. 2 on a buzzer-beating jumper by Shabazz Napier. The Huskies shot 55.8 percent (24 of 43) from the field with DeAndre...
Via Sports-Glory
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn Huskies Ride Into Final Four As Underdogs

It’s amazing that the Connecticut Huskies even made it this far. Sure, they won the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament just three years ago, and they’ve already been to the National Semifinals four times since 1999. But this was shaping up to be something of a re-tooling year for the Huskies. Instead, they’ll be playing the Florida Gators on Saturday, April 5 at...
Via NESN.com
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Shabazz Napier, coach Kevin Ollie have begun new era at UConn

If you happen to be an avid follower of the madness that we call the month of March and therefore attempted to lighten Warren Buffett of a billion dollars recently, chances are pretty good that the Connecticut Huskies weren’t included in your Final Four. Not that long ago, Jim Calhoun’s Huskies were the pride of the former Big East and a fixture in NCAA Tournament brackets across...
Via Sports-Glory
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn Men’s Elite Elight Pregame Quotes

UConn Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie as well Shabazz Napier, Niels Giffey, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels met with the media on Saturday to discuss Sunday’s matchup in the Elite Eight with the Michigan State Spartans. Q.  Talk about Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne as a tandem and the problems they create in terms of matchups and figuring out how to defend them and what they...
Via Sox and Dawgs
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn Tops Iowa State, 81-76

As boisterous UConn fans turned Madison Square Garden into their home arena, the Huskies rewarded their followers in the NCAA East Regional semifinal game Friday night. The Huskies seized control early and maintained a strong grip on Iowa State, holding on for an 81-76 Sweet 16 victory before a decidedly pro-UConn crowd in New York City. The victory propelled UConn (29-8) to the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

UConn Men’s 2014 Sweet 16 Pregame Quotes ☆

UConn Huskies men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, players Shabazz Napier and Niels Giffey met with the media on Thursday in anticipation of their matchup in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. COACH KEVIN OLLIE:  Great to be back to Madison Square and we’re excited. THE MODERATOR:  Take questions for Coach. Q.  Can you talk about your relationship with Fred Hoiberg and how your...
Via Sox and Dawgs
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Connecticut 72, Memphis 53

Niels Giffey hit 6-of-8 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 24 points to power the Huskies past the Tigers in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals in Memphis, Tenn. Giffey also had nine rebounds while DeAndre Daniels added 13 points and five rebounds for fourth-seeded Connecticut (25-7), which will play top-seeded Cincinnati on Friday. Shabazz Napier had...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Memphis Falls to UConn

By Kelley D. Evans Glitter and glamour graced the downtown streets of Memphis with signage.  Head Coach Josh Pastner called on fans for support.  There was so much buzz and excitement centered on the University of Memphis’ debut in the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament. It was short-lived, as it all came tumbling down.  The debut was more like a cameo appearance...
Via Reporting Sports
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: UConn Men’s Basketball Releases Tribute To Five Graduating Seniors

Five UConn Huskies played in their final home game last night, including star point guard Shabazz Napier, and UConn honored the five seniors—Napier, Niels Giffey, Tyler Olander, Lasan Kromah, and Tor Watts—with this very cool video tribute, which played during last night’s pregame Senior Day ceremony.  Napier led the way for the Huskies with 26 points in the 69-63 win over...
Via College Spun
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Connecticut 61, South Florida 56

Ryan Boatright scored 11 of his 14 points during an 18-0 second-half surge as the visiting Huskies slipped past the Bulls in American Athletic Conference play. Shabazz Napier added 17 points and seven assists and Niels Giffey scored 11 points as the Huskies (22-6, 10-5) won for the fifth time in six games. Connecticut trailed by nine with under 13 minutes to play before rattling...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bearcats grind out 15th straight win

CINCINNATI -- Connecticut's Niels Giffey got a shot off, a 3-point attempt from the right corner that could have tied the game with less than 10 seconds to play but he did so under duress. Justin Jackson's hand was flying at him. It seems that one Cincinnati Bearcat basketball player is always flying at someone or is up in their opponent's grill when they need be. That...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 7 Cincinnati beats No. 22 Connecticut 63-58

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 points, and Justin Jackson led a second-half surge that rallied No. 7 Cincinnati to its 15th straight win, 63-58 over No. 22 Connecticut on Thursday night. The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) trailed most of the game, their first with a No. 7 ranking that is their highest in 10 years. A crowd of 12,432 -- their biggest of the season...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Ollie ejected after controversial no-call (Video)

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie was ejected from a loss to Louisville on Saturday night after a controversial no-call went the Cardinals’ way. With roughly 13 minutes remaining in the game and the Huskies trailing by nine, UConn’s Niels Giffey gave a shot fake that appeared to draw a blatant foul. The whistle never blew. […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Connecticut's Losing Formula

Back in October, I wrote in a season preview for Connecticut in which I said that the Huskies were going to have to overcompensate for certain aspects of their game. In a way, that’s been true so far for UConn this season. I thought the disparity for the Huskies would be positional, between their guards and big men. However, it’s not that simple. With Connecticut’s small...
Via The Sports Post
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 15 UConn wins home game away from home vs. Eastern Washington

Shabazz Napier had 15 points and nine assists Saturday to lead No. 15 Connecticut to an 82-65 win over Eastern Washington in a Huskies home game played 80 miles from campus. Napier led a balanced attack in which five UConn players reached double figures. Ryan Boatright had 14 points and Niels Giffey, making his first start this season, added 13 for the Huskies (11-1). Tyler Harvey...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 15 UConn beats E. Washington 82-65

Shabazz Napier had 15 points and nine assists Saturday to lead No. 15 Connecticut to an 82-65 win over Eastern Washington in a UConn home game played 80 miles from campus. Napier led a balanced attack in which five Huskies reached double figures. Ryan Boatright had 14 points and Niels Giffey, making his first start this season, added 13 for UConn (11-1). Tyler Harvey scored 19...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Stanford-UConn Preview

Consistent success from 3-point range has paced Connecticut's strong start. The No. 10 Huskies hope they didn't lose that touch during a lengthy break. UConn will play for the first time in nearly two weeks Wednesday night in Hartford looking to continue its non-conference home success in its first game against Stanford in more than a decade. Connecticut (9-0) hasn'...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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