TheRoundUp 1/9: Huskies look to rebound against WVU

UConn returns home to face West Virginia - BostonHerald.com
In the aftermath of the Rutgers loss, Calhoun pointed to the turnovers (20) and the lack of leadership ("we have none," he said). Both will have to be cleared up in a hurry, because West Virginia, 12-4 and coming off a 74-62 victory over Georgetown, will be one of the more talented teams UConn has faced. Senior point guard Daryl "Truck" Bryant is averaging 24.8 points per game in conference play and senior forward Kevin Jones leads the Big East with 19.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.

UConn, Trying To Regroup, Taking On Hot WVU - Courant.com
The Huskies are halfway through the regular season — 15 games down, 15 to go — and perhaps at a crossroads, though Calhoun for now is calling it "a bump in the road." He was calling, not for the Huskies to forget their championship season, but to remember what it took to make it happen.

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Jim Calhoun Fired-Up Today at Practice
Ryan Boatright won't find it awkward tomorrow night playing against West Virginia, the school from which he de-committed. "I don’t even think about it, especially coming off two losses," he said. "Just thinking about winning, I don’t even think about that stuff." Boatright committed to the Mountaineers, but a few days later fellow point guard Jabarie Hinds did, as well, miffing Boatright and his family. Boatright re-opened his recruitement and soon settled on UConn.

Journal Inquirer > Sports > This calls for a response
As hard as Calhoun pushed his players during practice — singling out everyone on the roster from starting point guard Shabazz Napier to little-used big men Enosch Wolf and Michael Bradley at different times — he did so with specific teaching points attached to each rant. Things like finding the short corner in the 2-3 zone defense, closing out on opposing shooters, and running full speed on offense through an entire possession were points of emphasis.

Shabazz Napier, UConn grasp for leadership - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
On average, the Huskies are holding opposing teams to relatively paltry shooting percentages, and doing so without giving away frequent trips to the line. But Connecticut has also been down-right bad on the defensive glass, allowing opponents an average offensive rebounding rate of 34 percent. A team this talented, let alone one boasting this kind of frontcourt talent, shouldn't be getting beat on the defensive glass. If you're looking to diagnose Connecticut's woes, I'd start there.

UConn women's basketball: After beating UConn in overtime, Notre Dame is making a case as one of the Big East's powerhouses. - Hartford Courant
"They [Notre Dame] took advantage of every situation we gave them to win the game," Auriemma said. "And they did [win the game]. We're up by two points and have the ball with under a minute left. We're supposed to win that game and we didn't, we didn't."

Notre Dame downs UConn to become Big East team to beat - ESPN
By the end of Notre Dame's 74-67 overtime win, a surplus of it put the Fighting Irish on distinctly unfamiliar footing. For the first time ever in a series spanning 34 games, they had back-to-back wins against Connecticut, adding Saturday's result to the one that came in the Final Four last spring. And for the first time in a long time, the Fighting Irish are clearly the team to beat in the Big East.

Keith Groller's Around the Valley column - mcall.com
"I am excited," Williams said on Sunday. "Coach [Hank] Hughes [UConn's assistant head coach and defensive line coach] talked to me during last track season. I had an unofficial visit there in June and I verbally committed right there. But they said I had to go to Fork Union for a half-year and if I did well and became eligible, I would be at UConn in January and that's what happened.

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