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Ollie makes quite an impression in UConn Huskies' upset of Michigan State Spartans -- college basketball - ESPN
"I was very impressed," said Manuel, who couldn't stop smiling after the game. "It was an unbelievable debut as a head coach."
College Hoops Week in Review: Team of the Week – UConn Huskies | CollegeBasketballTalk
The Huskies went out and punched Michigan State in the mouth at Ramstein Air Force base in Germany. They jumped out to a lead that was as big as 15 points and held on down the stretch, out-executing Sparty down the stretch. Shabazz Napier led the way with 25 points while Ryan Boatright and Deandre Daniels added 13 and 12, respectively. This group may end up being the nation’s biggest spoiler this season.
The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Noah Vonleh Commits to Indiana. Next Guy.
Talking to others around college basketball, another factor that's hurting UConn on the recruiting trail is simply the coaching staff's lack of contacts in the AAU world. Ollie is seen as a great recruiter, and anyone who meets him loves him. But sometimes that's not enough. He's spent almost his entire professional life in the NBA and hasn't yet made the important contacts in the recruiting world that coaches need.
UConn Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni Talks Post Pittsburgh | UConn Football
On waking up today with a much-needed win posted: "Obviously it’s a good feeling. You come in and grade the film and you see some improvement. You see a little bit more balance in the attack. You see pretty good run defense, so, I think there’s some positive things there to see and to build on."
Jeff Jacobs: Keep Feeding The Bear, UConn - Courant.com
Griffin had six receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone. And then … he finished with six for 84 yards. The only time Griffin was targeted in the second half, Chandler Whitmer overthrew him on what would have been a fourth-quarter touchdown and ended up as an interception by Jarred Holley.
UConn football notebook: Gutsy pass play helped Huskies seal win - Connecticut Post
"I wanted the offense to win the game," Pasqualoni said. "We had a pretty good play. I thought the (pass) protection was good, we had a lot of guys in to protect. And Shak was not his first read, Shak was his second read. He couldn't get it to the first read. It was a really good throw and Shak had the wherewithal to stay in bounds, get the chains moving."
Breanna Stewart's Debut Is A Hit As UConn Dominates - Hartford Courant
You may have heard of Breanna Stewart, the nation's consensus high school player of the year last season. Coach Geno Auriemma thinks she could one of the best players UConn has ever recruited. Now we know why. Stewart made her debut by leading six Huskies in double figures with 21 points (8 of 11). She had five rebounds and four steals.
UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis adding to her resume - SFGate
"I had zero turnovers, five steals and eight rebounds. I was happy with that," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "(Assistant coach) Shea Ralph said ‘you should have rebounds, you should have assists, steals. You should be playing all around and not being a one-dimensional player.’ I am definitely more excited about how many rebounds I got."
UConn Field Hockey: The UConn field hockey team loses 2-1 to Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament - Hartford Courant
Back in September, the UConn field hockey team didn't exactly expect to be playing for a chance to go back to the NCAA national semifinal game. But there the Huskies were Sunday, facing the Terrapins in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Sherman Family Complex. At halftime, the score was tied. But Maryland senior Megan Frazer, who won the Honda Award last year as the nation's most outstanding field hockey player, scored with 2:12 left in the game and the sixth-ranked Terrapins beat No. 4 UConn, 2-1.