TheRoundUp 1/30: Boatright returns, but Huskies continue free fall

UCONN MEN: Huskies fall short against Irish, drop third straight- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut
Somehow, the Huskies still had a chance to send the game into overtime in the waning seconds. Leading by three, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey elected to foul Jeremy Lamb with 2.3 seconds left. Lamb made the first free throw and purposely missed the second, but got his own long rebound and put up an off-balance floater at the buzzer. Like all but eight of UConn’s second-half shots, it was off the mark.

UConn Huskies fall to Notre Dame - BostonHerald.com
Just two weeks ago, the Huskies beat Notre Dame in South Bend, ending the Irish 29-game home winning streak. But Notre Dame (14-8, 6-3 in the Big East) turned it around, out-rebounding the Huskies in this game and taking control with a 13-0 run to start the second half, holding UConn scoreless for 7 minutes, 9 seconds.

Everything's A Struggle As UConn Loses To Notre Dame - Courant.com
"I don't know," he said, in a voice even softer than his usual monotone. "… I don't know. Our offense was horrible. We couldn't rebound. We were horrible." Lamb went on to use the word "horrible" several more times to describe UConn's 50-48 loss to Notre Dame before 16,294 at the XL Center on Sunday. The Huskies have lost three in a row and five of seven, and neither a week to regroup after their last loss nor the return of Ryan Boatright had any tangible impact on their play.

Boatright Returns but UConn Falls to Notre Dame - NYTimes.com
Boatright acknowledged after the game that he was not looking for his shot because of rust. But his pass off a dribble penetration produced a basket by Alex Oriakhi with 12:32 to go in the half, and shortly after, he initiated the ball movement that got Jeremy Lamb his first basket.

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Boatright Returns to Action
"It’s finally over with, we can finally put it behind us," Boatright insisted afterwards. "We don’t have to be worried about me being pulled out again." Perhaps, but the ordeal appears far from over. On Sunday morning, Scott W. Tompsett, attorney for Boatright’s mother, Tanesha, issued a statement saying he was "astounded" that the NCAA released confidential information about the case the day before, that much of the NCAA’s information was "false and misleading," and that the Boatrights are considering legal action. On Sunday afternoon, the NCAA responded with a statement that said Tompsett’s allegations were not accurate, that its statement on Saturday was factual, that it acted appropriately to ensure false media reports didn’t continue and that it didn’t violate Boatright’s or his family’s privacy in any way.

Ryan Boatright And The NCAA: A Great Gray Area - Courant.com
Whether it's to take down the NCAA, to take out Chicagoland AAU boss Reggie Rose, to turn the Boatrights into a totally innocent party, to further muddy UConn's reputation, or — in the case of Tanesha's ex-boyfriend — to exact revenge … there are so many people in this case trying to manipulate the facts to meet their needs — some noble, some not — that it has gotten silly.

UCONN WOMEN: Matchup with Duke features pair of freshmen phenoms (videos)- The Register Citizen
There was a bit of a mutual admiration society being formed whenever Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Elizabeth Williams would run into each other on the AAU circuit. However, it wasn’t until they became teammates on U.S. junior national teams that the respective freshman phenoms on third-ranked UConn and No. 5 Duke gained a true appreciation of the impact the other one can have on a basketball court.

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