TheRoundUp 1/27: Kemba in control

Connecticut guard Kemba Walker holds close lead in 2nd AnnArbor.com national player of the year poll - AnnArbor.com
Walker showed up on 51 of the 55 ballots submitted by Naismith, Wooden, AP and Robertson voters by Tuesday night, asking for their top three candidates in order. Fredette was on 50 ballots. Walker also led the first poll of the season.

UConn men: Walker takes adjustments in stride
"We got Kemba off the ball, then got him back on the ball," Calhoun said. "He has so much on his shoulders — to be the leader, to handle the play, to play defense, to get loose balls, to rebound and all the other things, I thought he played magnificently. Could he have got another six or eight points? Sure he could have, but he was very good."

UConn Puts Away Rutgers In Second Half - Hartford Courant
Of course, just because the going is tough doesn't mean the tough can't get going. And the No. 2 Huskies did it again. It just took longer than they may have liked. The Huskies turned an anxious three-point halftime lead into a big belly laugh with a dominating second half and beat the Scarlet Knights 63-44 before a sparse crowd of 4,703.

More and more honors for UConn's Moore The Republican-American
Maya Moore was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday. The award is given annually to a Division I senior who has excelled in four areas: community, character, classroom and competition.

UConn women's notebook: No tricks allowed with Doty's rehab
"Right now I feel great. I started running two weeks ago so I’m trying to get my wind and my form back and making sure that all the dynamics are right. I’m hoping to do a majority of the postseason workouts with them. August will be a year (since surgery), so I should be feeling 100 percent. I’m going to train and be in the gym and do what I have to do to be ready for next year."

Faris' Slump Doesn't Worry Geno - Hartford Courant
"I think I've gotten complacent the last couple of games; I wasn't as involved as much in the offense as I should be," Faris said. "Coach was frustrated with that, as was I. I know I haven't been playing well the last couple of games….I tried, it was just one of those things. When you look back, you think you've gotten things done, when you really haven't."

The Day - UConn's Hurd to miss Senior Bowl with leg injury | News from southeastern Connecticut
A strained calf muscle will keep Waterford's Zach Hurd out of Saturday's Senior Bowl all-star football game in Mobile, Ala., but the former UConn great should be 100 percent for next month's NFL combine in Indianapolis.

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