TheRoundUp 11/29: As UConn prepares for Cincinnati, bowl eligibility hangs in the balance

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 26: Jonathan Jean-Louis #1 of the Connecticut Huskies carries the ball as Steve Beauharnais #42 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights defends on November 26, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 40-22. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

For UConn Football, It All Comes Down To Cincinnati - Hartford Courant
The Big East has five bowl tie-ins (Belk, Pinstripe, Compass, Beef O'Brady and Liberty) after the automatic BCS bid to the league champ and the Champs Sports Bowl to the No. 2 or Notre Dame. Champs would take a good Notre Dame this year, but half of the teams in the Big East are already bowl eligible. The other four teams have five wins going into the final week. Two of them — Pittsburgh and Syracuse — play each other on Saturday in Pittsburgh, with the loser done for the season.

Big East Notebook: UConn coach Pasqualoni Wants Bowl Appearance - Courant.com
"There are no bad bowls," Pasqualoni said on the Big East coaches' media conference call Monday. "I've never been to a bad one. I think they're all good. It gives you an opportunity to keep your team together, here at the end for the semester, when the academic thing is so important and you want to be around the kids as much as you can.

Journal Inquirer > Archives > Sports > Boatright just what Huskies need
"He’s that missing piece of the puzzle that we needed," Shabazz Napier said. "Today, he ate up the defense, man-to-man or their zone match-up. He got into the lane and caused havoc for the other team. To have him alongside me, is the best thing ever. He’s a lot like me, only a little smaller."

UConn's Andre Drummond Is Big East Rookie Of Week - Courant.com
UConn has seen flashes of Andre Drummond's potential, but those flashes are becoming more frequent. Monday, Drummond was named the Big East rookie of the week. Drummond, the freshman from Middletown, got his first starts during the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas and he averaged 11.3 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in three games.

Making The Puzzle Pieces Fit - Courant.com
Right now, Auriemma says his bench runs comfortably 6 ½ deep on an 11-player team. "It depends on what day,’’ said Auriemma. "It could go seven or eight down the road. Nine? I don’t know. But it would take a while for that to happen. I think players are starting to I hope figure some things out. But after the first five - and Kaleena is six - one of those other guys usually plays pretty well. You just don’t know who it is.

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