TheRoundUp 4/14: Luke Winn proves our defense is stout

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Matt Howard #54 of the Butler Bulldogs shoots the ball over Charles Okwandu #35 of the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Chris Steppig-Pool/Getty Images)

Examining UConn's phenomenal title-game defense on Butler - Luke Winn - SI.com
Butler went in the record books as the worst-shooting team in the history of the NCAA tournament title game, breaking a 70-year-old mark. The poor sightlines of Reliant Stadium were no doubt a factor in that horrific shooting percentage of 18.8, as was the fact that the Bulldogs were frigid on the big stage. But the biggest factor was the pressure UConn applied, and the type of shots it forced Butler to take. To not recognize the defense for what it was, was to miss the game altogether.

The Day - Life after Kemba: 'We've got to stay hungry' | News from southeastern Connecticut
"The thing that I'd worry the most about for UConn basketball is the fact we lose any of the hunger," coach Jim Calhoun said. "It's always been something that's been here, real or unreal. Once again, I play that Don Quixote as many times as I possibly can, I'm going to go out and find some windmills someplace.

Yankees Welcome Kemba Walker, UConn Teammates - Hartford Courant
"It's a special story," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who asked Walker to sign a baseball. "A Bronx kid. They mentioned several times on the telecast that he was from the Bronx and we all got excited, we started pulling for them."

Calhoun Makes His Favorite Pitch - Page 2 - Hartford Courant
Calhoun said he hasn't decided if he will go to Yankee Stadium Wednesday when Walker, a Bronx native, throws out the first pitch. You may remember in 2004, Calhoun said he twice was called by the Yankees to throw the first pitch, but declined, saying he "couldn't step on that mound." The Yankees said they never called Calhoun.

Organizers: Parade For Champion UConn Basketball Team Could Be Canceled If Fundraising Goals Not Met By Friday - Courant.com
Mike Zaleski, executive director of the Hartford Business Improvement District, which is sponsoring the parade, said it has raised about $25,000 so far in donations from individuals, businesses and corporations. The parade will cost an estimated $50,000 for state workers, police coverage, insurance, sound equipment, cleanup and other costs.

Journal Inquirer > Sports > UConn football: Shoemate set for fresh start
"D.J. has had a pretty consistent spring," Pasqualoni said. "Since the first day, I have liked his focus and where his approach has been. He has to keep getting better, but he is giving some effort in all phases, whether running the ball, blocking and protections, and running routes."

The Day - UConn names honorary coaches for Saturday’s Blue-White spring game | News from southeastern Connecticut
Matt DeGennaro and Mike Rembish will coach with the Blue team and Sean Mulcahy and Uyi Osunde will work with the White team in the game, which will kick off at 5 p.m., and is free to the public. DeGennaro and Rembish were captains in 1990 while Mulcahy and Osunde led the Huskies in 2003.

UConn Women Already Looking to Next Season | NBC Connecticut
According to ESPN, UConn's recruiting class ranks second behind Tennessee and it includes 6-0 sharpshooter Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (the 2011 class' top-ranked player), 5-9 guard Brianna Banks and 6-3 forward/center Kiah Stokes.

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