TheRoundUp 11/21: A mostly-good weekend for UConn

Mamadou Diouf’s 2 goals lift UConn soccer - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
Diouf helped the Huskies overcome a one-goal deficit by scoring twice, including the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick, to give third-seeded UConn a 2-1 win at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in an NCAA second-round tournament game in front of 3,979 fans.

Mamadou Doudou Diouf Has Double The Fun As Huskies Advance - Courant.com
"I didn't know anything about English," Diouf said. "That's why I didn't want to come to UConn. Coach Reid brought a guy who could speak both English and French to see me. Coach was talking to me. The sound was crazy for me. I was scared. He kept saying, 'You're going to fine.'" And so he is.

UCONN MEN: Napier has triple double in win over Coppin State - The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT
Entering Sunday’s action, only eight players in UConn history had ever recorded a triple-double. The last two — Hasheem Thabeet and Kemba Walker — were on hand at the XL Center to take in the Huskies’ bout with Coppin State. Thabeet and Walker got to watch a new player join the exclusive club, as Shabazz Napier put on a show in UConn’s 87-70 triumph before 11,397. The 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard finished with 22 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in 39 minutes. Not bad, especially considering he missed practice earlier in the week due to a gum infection that forced him to get a tooth extracted.

Roscoe Smith Turns It On For UConn Men - Courant.com
"After the first two games, I started thinking a lot," Smith said, "That was shame on me, because I am sort of a veteran now that I'm a sophomore. So, I know what to experience. So then I just started playing basketball and being Roscoe and everything opened up."

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: A Likely Story: Why Shabazz Wears the Rat Tail
The reason for the tail? "One of my closest friends had passed away. He had braids, so it’s kind of a tribute to him. Not a lot of people know that," Napier said after Sunday's triple-double.

Journal Inquirer > Sports > UConn story: Not enough talent
"There is a level of standard about how we will operate in the future that is not where we are now," DeLeone said. "We are in transition here. Where we are now is not where we will be next fall or next spring. It’s going to change here rapidly. I am not worried about that now."

uconn football: recruits got a look at what uconn needs to improve - Hartford Courant
UConn (4-6, 2-3 Big East) will be the land of opportunity next year but for now the Huskies still have a chance at bowl eligibility this year after Saturday's play. The defense played an uncharacteristic game, giving up big gains on the ground like it did; the offensive line could have been better; and the wide receivers dropped passes at an alarming rate, nine by most accounts, which led to an awful 3 for 16 showing on third down.

UConn Field Hockey: For UConn Field Hockey, A Stunning Loss To Tar Heels - Hartford Courant
The Tar Heels scored twice in the final minute to send the game to overtime and ended it on a breakaway goal in the second overtime for a 4-3 victory. UConn, which was looking for its first appearance in the title game since 1985, ended the season with a 19-3 record.

In Stanford-UConn, Look For Freshmen To Make Noise - Hartford Courant
History is replete with examples of willing college coaches relying on freshmen. There are plenty of reasons for them to do it, too: Instinct, necessity and faith lead the pack. And, yes, perhaps occasional panic. Not so Monday at the XL Center. No. 4 UConn and No. 5 Stanford, perennial powerhouses yet to break a sweat this season, will renew their burgeoning rivalry in a made-for-ESPNU spectacular.

Stanford, UConn women resume classic rivalry
The matchup is usually in late December, and the early date this season changes the game's dynamic, according to Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer. "It just feels like an early round of a fight," she said. "It does not have the same feel, but it's a very big game for us, and it will just help us know where we're at, what we need to be doing better."

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