TheRoundUp 12/22: Huskies and Stags face off in in-state battle

UConn Men: Huskies are not overlooking Fairfield- The Register Citizen
Rakim Sanders, a 6-foot-5 senior who transferred from Boston College, will be one of the most talented players on the floor tonight. A tremendous athlete, Sanders leads the Stags in scoring (16.3 points per game), rebounding (8.2) and assists (2.4) and is a legit pro prospect.

UConn Men's Basketball Glance -- Fairfield at UConn
It's not very often that the Huskies square off against an in-state team -- the last time was in 2008 when UConn topped Fairfield (75-55) and Hartford (99-56) in the same season. The two teams have met 33 times with UConn winning 28, including the last 18. The Stags topped the Huskies, 81-74, in December of 1984.

Journal Inquirer > Sports > UConn men: Family reunion
The brothers, usually on the same teams growing up, have never faced each other in an organized game. But both realize that once the game begins, it will be business as usual on both sides. "I keep thinking, it’ll be a little weird, but I’m trying to stay focused, because once the ball goes up, it’s a game," Tyler said. "You can’t worry about who’s on the other side, I just have to play and play to win. It’s going to be weird at first when we both step on the court at same time, but I have to get focused right away on what we have to do as a team."

UConn scholarships take positive turn - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Of course, there are still some lingering questions here. For example, it seems Bradley and Drummond both entered the year uncertain of what their financial situation would be. If that were the case, why did UConn make Bradley the public face of the situation? At the very least, why didn't they let everyone know -- especially after getting hammered for the decision in the offseason -- that, hey, guess what, Bradley didn't really lose his scholarship, Drummond's actually taking out a loan, and so on? The reason for the timing of this news appears to be "because Andre admitted to the media that he was a walk-on," but why did it take that long?

Drummond's Scholarship Status: Andre Drummond didn't have to take Michael Bradley's scholarship after all. - Courant.com
There was speculation that Drummond would pay his own way and play as a walk-on, but because he had been recruited, this was ruled out by school officials. However, after continuing to study the situation, it was determined that it was possible.

Tired And Frustrated, Huskies Coast To A Win - Courant.com
Since losing back-to-back games on March 7, 1993 to Providence in the Big East Tournament and March 17 to Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Huskies have not lost consecutive games.

Despite lopsided defeat, Charleston enjoyed spotlight with UConn | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment
"It's quite a privilege to get to play a team like Connecticut and have that kind of crowd," Wilson said. "I stressed to the team before the game to play loose, play hard and have a good time. I hope they felt loose and enjoyed the experience."

Charleston women honored to have played UConn - Boston.com
The Huskies' defense befuddled Charleston. The Cougars made just seven of their 49 shots (14 percent) and turned the ball over 24 times. Charleston's 24 points were just four away from the best defensive effort ever by the Huskies.

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