TheRoundUp 3/15: Bucknell Coach says Bison won't play zone

Journal Inquirer > Sports > Bucking the trend
There is one less worry for University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun as he prepares the Huskies to face Bucknell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament: Bucknell will not play a zone defense. "We played one possession of zone this year and they hit a three and that was it," Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen said Monday. "You know, people say, ‘Well, they struggled against, maybe, West Virginia against the zone.’ Well, they just played against Syracuse and Louisville, who are two of the best zone teams around. Anything we could try to throw as a zone would be a very, very, very poor imitation. We’re going to stick with what got us here and do a lot of praying."

The Day - There's no relaxation for Bisons | News from southeastern Connecticut
The Bisons are sizzling, too. They've won 19 of 20 games, including 10 in a row, and won the Patriot League regular season and conference titles.

Slowing UConn star will be key " Sports " The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA
"I saw him play him play in the Big East Championship game and he looked like he was playing at a different speed from everybody else," said Cohen, a 6-foot-5 guard from Huntingdon Valley. "He plays at like an Allen Iverson-type speed. He can shoot, he can drive. Hopefully maybe he's tired out a little bit."

American Chronicle | UConn opponent Bucknell has confidence
Bucknell (25-8) has done it before. The Bison, as a No. 14 seed, toppled No. 3 Kansas in the first round in 2005, and beat No. 8 Arkansas in the first round the following season as a No. 9 seed. Paulsen has addressed those games with his current team, because that's what drew many of the coaches and players to Bucknell in the first place. But he wants to focus on what the team can do now, not what it did in the past.

Can a Big East Team Win It All? - NYTimes.com
When I was in high school, a classmate wrote his final research paper for our United States Government class using only one word: tacos. He wrote tacos, tacos, tacos, tacos, and tacos over and over again until the five-page minimum was reached. The teacher was so impressed by the student’s bravado/lunacy that he gave the student a passing grade. Along those same lines, Kemba, Kemba, Kemba, Kemba, Kemba.

Journal Inquirer > Sports > UConn women: Friendly foe
UHart started the season 1-9 against a tough non-league schedule but is hitting its peak down the stretch and has won 11 of its last 12. "Coming from 1-9 to start the season to here, that’s a tremendous accomplishment," Auriemma said. "The way the NCAA does things, so much of it is regional, I don’t think there’s any surprise they were sent here. I’m thrilled for Jennifer and thrilled for her players. The fact that we have to play them … You have to play somebody. This time of year, you don’t worry about who you are playing."

Baseball arrives early to Dodd Stadium - Community News from Southeastern Connecticut
Baseball will return unexpectedly early to Dodd Stadium this year. It’s still winter, but the UConn Huskies baseball team (that’s the nationally ranked UConn baseball team) will play its first home game Tuesday, March 15 at Dodd Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ... The concession stands aren’t even open yet after the winter shutdown. Admission is free and there will be no concession sales.

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