TheRoundUp 8/19: UConn is undefeated in 2011-2012

Yep, you read that right, UConn is undefeated so far in the 2011-2012 season. Of course, they're also winless, but one of those statements won't be true in 12 hours because the women's soccer team is taking on Northeastern at 7 to kick off the athletic year. They're not the only team taking the field this weekend either -- both men's soccer and field hockey are active this weekend. As part of the relaunched RoundUp I'm going to start listing the full schedule of UConn events for the day/weekend and recent results at the bottom of the post, so check out the details after the jump.

SoccerAmerica - Louisville and UConn top divisional polls
In the Blue Division, Connecticut is the preseason favorite with 110 points. Besides Cascio, a first-team All-American selection in 2010, the Huskies also return sophomore defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste, who started all 20 games for the Huskies last year, and junior forward Carlos Alvarez, who had a team-high 14 assists.

Women's Soccer Set To Open Regular Season Against Northeastern - University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site
The Huskies start the regular season after winning both exhibition games last week in solid form. The first exhibition win, 3-2, came at home against UMass on August 11. The victory featured redshirt junior Danielle Schulmann (Saddle River, N.J.) who netted two headers and led the team with four points. Graduate student Cory Bildstein added the third Husky goal of the game. UConn went on to win its final exhibition game with a 2-1 victory over Boston College. The historic matchup between the two teams goes back to 1980 with a 27-7-3 overall record. Prior to Sunday's win over the Eagles, the seven seniors on the team were yet to see a victory over Boston College.

UConn pounds the Netherlands national women's basketball team - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
Stefanie Dolson scored a team-high 19 points while adding eight rebounds as the UConn women’s basketball team routed the Netherlands national team, 73-53, on Thursday.

Big East preview: Looming TV payday could lead to big changes - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
The Big East's current football media rights deal with ESPN expires after the 2013-14 school year, but the basketball contract with ESPN and CBS Sports expires a year earlier after the 2012-13 school year. If the Big East doesn't reach an agreement with ESPN by Nov. 1, 2012, the league can negotiate with other networks, such as NBC/Comcast and Fox Sports. It was not a coincidence that two weeks ago, Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports, and Fox Sports' chief operating officer Larry Jones each made their first appearance at the Big East's media day festivities. Burke Magnus, ESPN's senior vice president for college sports, also attended.

Marinatto has his eyes on future of college football - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
"I suggested to both Dan Beebe and John Swofford that the Big East, Big 12 and ACC take the lead and meet face-to-face to collaborate in a manner that is consistent with Mark Emmert's recent call for integrity within college athletics," Marinatto told CBSSports.com.

Hot topic: Expansion in Big East mailblog - Big East Blog - ESPN
Welcome to your midweek Big East mailblog. The majority of questions this week focus on ... expansion. Shocking, right?

China Irked With Its Pugnacious Basketball Team - NYTimes.com
But even if Beijing has since come to believe that gold medals are lovelier than bronze, senior leaders here are clearly displeased that players from its most popular men’s basketball team got into an ugly, full-court brawl Thursday night with a visiting American team from Georgetown University.

UConn's Weekend Schedule:

  • Women's Soccer vs. Northeastern -- Fri. 7 p.m. -- Morrone Stadium -- WHUS 
  • Field Hockey vs. BU -- Sat. 1 p.m.
  • Men's Soccer vs. Stony Brook -- Sat 7:30 p.m. -- Morrone Stadium
  • Field Hockey @ BC -- Sun. 12:00 p.m.
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