UConn’s Jim Calhoun retiring

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Controversial coach Jim Calhoun is leaving Connecticut the same way he coached it to three national titles – on his terms.

The 70-year-old Hall of Famer scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. Thursday to announce his retirement, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

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#52 UConn Huskies: College Football 77 in 77

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Usually in Storrs, college football is a placeholder, an opening act before the college basketball season begins. However, this year the academic rating is so low for UConn hoops that they’re not allowed to participate in the NCAA Tournament. Therefore, they’ll have to be a football school this year. LOL!

Actually the Connecticut Huskies have come a long way since going division I. They have been to a BCS bowl already. Which was a financial and on-the-field disaster, but still. This year they could finish anywhere from 4-8 to 8-4.

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UConn’s Jeremy Lamb: NBA Lottery bound? (video)

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UConn’s Jeremy Lamb figures to be a late lottery to mid first round pick in the NBA Draft next week. Here’s a summary from our scouting report on Lamb.

Though streaky and inconsistent at times, Lamb will likely be the first shooting guard to come off the board on draft night. He possesses a capable all-around offensive attack and is a gifted athlete with terrific length. Lamb should fall somewhere in the mid-late lottery depending on team needs.

 

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Who is UConn’s Andre Drummond gonna be in the NBA?

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The hardest thing to do is evaluate, compare, and predict how a player is going to pan-out at the next level. It’s especially difficult when the player extremely under-performed in his one season before turning pro. That’s the case with Connecticut’s Andre Drummond.

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Duke Blue Devils, 903 and Mike Krzyzewski: Class Acts

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In 1990, I was a grade-school student who loved sports, and had many teams. However, when it came to college basketball, I was at a loss.

I grew up in Chicago. I love Notre Dame football, but beyond David Rivers and LaPhonso Ells, ND basketball left a lot to be desired. In the mid-80’s I loved Dallas Comegys and Rod Strickland, but after their respective departures, DePaul hoops became lost in a vacuum.

So, when Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Duke and UNLV met in the 1990 Final Four, I was a fan without a team. Sure, I rooted for ND and DePaul, and have since, but everyone enjoys cheering for a winning team.

The ’90 Final Four was held in Denver, CO, the boyhood home of my father. And my dad had managed to land tickets to the final round of the tourney.

As my dad and I entered McNichol arena that Saturday night, I was disappointed. I had chosen to root for UConn because my best friend had recently moved to Chicago from Connecticut. But Christian Laettner ended Tate George’s and all other UConn’s fans’ hopes with his first Elite 8 buzzer beater.

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College Football 77 in 77: #58 Connecticut Huskies

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When it comes to the Connecticut Huskies, it’s hard not to think of college basketball ahead of college football. In hoops, they’re the reigning national champions, even though they’re likely to be facing some heavy sanctions soon. The football team is obviously not as successful as the basketball squad, but they’re also not as slimy and corrupt either.

UConn became possibly the worst BCS team in history last season, mostly because the Big East had to send somebody. The Huskies are an often overlooked program because they haven’t been in D1 all that long, but they have been bowling every year since 2006, won the conference in ’07 (just like last year) and are one of the most up-and-coming programs in all of college football.

This year will be a transition though, as they have a new coach in Paul Pasqualoni. Randy Edsall has moved on to take the Maryland Terrapins job.

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Who Really Thought the UConn Huskies Would Get Here?

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The Connecticut Huskies have quietly been the surprise of the season. Butler and VCU are the surprises of the tournament, yes, but no one expected this out of Connecticut.  This season has been full of surprises, but there hasn’t been one bigger than the progression of the Connecticut Huskies.

The team went through the Jim Calhoun recruiting violations and his possible retirement.  They were considered a team that was too young and couldn’t handle the distractions that surrounded them. They were considered to only be a one man show and no way could they survive the Big East. Then, they started off the season surprising top 10 ranked teams in the Michigan State Spartans and Kentucky Wildcats in Maui. Everyone fell in love with Kemba Walker and named him king of college basketball. Until the Jimmer took over, Kemba was the nation’s leading scorer.

But then the inexperience and youth showed itself during the rigorous Big East schedule while the Huskies struggled down the stretch. With only a 9-9 record in the conference they were more like the team they were supposed to be – a young team with talent that wasn’t ready.

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Conference Call with Gene Smith on NCAA Tournament Selection Process

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With the annual mock tournament selection taking place in Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday, Gene Smith, Athletic Director at Ohio State and chair of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee, held a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the tournament selection process.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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UConn’s Jim Calhoun very Impressed by Notre Dame

So how important were Notre Dame’s basketball victories over #8 Georgetown and #9 Connecticut in the last week? Well it hasn’t happened in a half-century. The last time Notre Dame defeated AP top 10 teams in back-to-back home games came in 1960-61. They defeated #7 DePaul 61-58, then #7 St. John’s 64-63. Which is especially impressive when you consider they finished 12-14 that season.

Those are the only two times it’s happened in Irish college basketball history.
On Tuesday night they significantly limited UConn’s Kemba Walker, the nation’s leading scorer, and it caught the attention of Jim Calhoun, the dean of Big East coaches.

“Mike’s (Brey, Irish Coach) is doing one of the best jobs in the league because it’s a nice team, a nic team to watch playing together,” said Calhoun.

“They’re good because they move the ball, they have the outside threat, (Ben) Hansbrough is a son-of-a-gun competitor, amd Timmy (Abromaitis) is one fo the most improved players in the country, and the work ethic he’s put in tobecome as good as he is really speaks well.”

By Paul M. Banks

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#14 Notre Dame Beats #8 UConn: Chicago Area’s Best Team?

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Although Notre Dame is about a two hour drive from Chicago, and within a different state and time zone as the second city- they still might be Chicago’s best college basketball team.

In college football, the Irish have captured the hearts of Chicago. And if winning like this in hoops continues (a 73-70 win over #8 Connecticut Tuesday night) they might just become the favorite in college hoops too.

The Irish came out of the gates shooting lights out from distance (going 7-14 from behind the arc in the first half), and never trailed the entire game. On the other end, they limited the nation’s leading scorer Kemba Walker to 19 (8 below his average) on 8-23 shooting. Thus ended Kemba’s 11 game 20+ scoring streak.

By Paul M. Banks

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What Is The Big Ten’s Next Expansion Move?


With Nebraska in the fold (and Zombie Tom Osborne apparently their athletic director — seriously, he looks undead in that photo!), The Big Ten has some decisions to make.

Do they stay at 12 teams? Do they continue to expand as all their major conference counterparts frantically do the same, or do they save themselves?

Do they have any clue what they even want to do, or what they want to be?? [Read more…]