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TheRoundUp 12/23: Bring on the Big East

The Day - Huskies men are 10-0 and coach Calhoun couldn't be any happier | News from southeastern Connecticut
"I didn't know if I was going to get a Christmas present or coal under the Christmas tree," Calhoun said. "I got a Christmas present. Since we were fortunate to play well enough to beat Kentucky in Hawaii, that's the first Maui (Invitational) type defense that we've seen.

UConn Men 81, Harvard 52: Of Note - Hartford Courant
TIGHT DEFENSE: UConn held Harvard to 30 percent shooting (18-for-60) and 4-for-31 on three-pointers. The Crimson missed their first 10 shots and trailed, 11-0. The Huskies opened with a 28-6 run.

Calhoun Happy To Accept Olander's Contribution -
"It was Tyler's best game in a uniform," Calhoun said. "He can do those things, and I think he's feeling a little more confident."

Dropo Heading Back To Moosup One Last Time -
Walt Dropo is a legend in this town and that legend would, in turn, stretch to Storrs and throughout New England. Maybe "The Moose from Moosup" is the greatest all-around athlete in the history of the state. And maybe he isn't. A football star, a basketball star, a baseball star, there is no doubt he is the greatest all-around athlete in the history of our state university.

OU football players don’t fare too well in UConn quiz |
5. Who is their coach? Randy Edsall needs a better publicist because nobody got this one right. Only Murray ventured an actual guess with "isn’t it like Al something?" which was actually not that far off. Al Golden, who last week took a job with Miami, coached Temple to victory over UConn this season. Nelson declared he knew Edsall’s face but couldn’t place the name. Stills didn’t know who coached UConn football, but correctly offered up the name of the women’s basketball coach: "Geno Auriemma."

The Day - UConn's $2.5 million not destined for the bank | News from southeastern Connecticut
Meanwhile, a football game we never thought we'd see is only 2,500 miles, a $1,000 flight, a $200 (per night) hotel room and a major inconvenience away. And the only people who don't care run the BCS.

UConn's play puts Storrs on collegiate sports map
Now that the football team is bound for the Fiesta Bowl, little Storrs, Conn., all 5.7 square miles of it, rivals any college town in America, from Gainesville. Fla., to Eugene, Ore.

Oh man, can’t we all salute these women? - The Boston Globe
Connecticut can only play what’s out there, and the fact is that during this streak it has ducked no one and has beaten 30 ranked teams — that’s a shade under one out of three! — by an average of 25 points a game. A hallmark of Geno Auriemma’s tenure has been his willingness to subject his players to the toughest conditions possible. He gets his share of the great players and more than his share of the good ones. Is he supposed to under-recruit just to guarantee there will be stronger foes? It doesn’t work that way.

UConn women's basketball notebook: Huskies' victory earns 0.9 rating - GreenwichTime
Top-ranked UConn's historical 93-62 victory over No. 22 Florida State Tuesday at the XL Center earned a 0.9 rating, which according to Nielsen represents an average of 878,00 households and 1,171,000 viewers.