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TheRoundUp 12/29: Hey, did you know the Fiesta Bowl is this week?

Fiesta Bowl: OU-UConn Is Major Mismatch, But Only On Paper - SB Nation Arizona
Oklahoma will present both physical and mental challenges to the Huskies. Physical, because they haven't seen an offense like Oklahoma's all season. Mental, because UConn must overcome Curt Schilling's favorite entertainers, aura and mystique, that surround the mighty Sooners.

UConn running back Jordan Todman quietly among best in country |
To have any chance of knocking off OU, the Huskies will have to get Todman going early and often. Most likely with eight Sooners in the box, since UConn’s mediocre passing game ranks No. 112 in the country and poses little threat.

Huskies Have To Learn On The Job - Hartford Courant
Pittsburgh might be more talented than UConn. The Panthers certainly appeared so Monday. They are definitely more experienced. They started three seniors and two juniors. UConn, conversely, started a junior in Walker, a little-used senior in Charles Okwandu, a sophomore in Alex Oriakhi and freshmen Jeremy Lamb and Roscoe Smith. Walker is the only player who had played at Petersen.

Rush The Court " Blog Archive " RTC Top 25: NPOY Edition
1. Kemba Walker, Connecticut- Change the wording from "national player of the year" to "most valuable player" and Walker’s stock only rises. The Bronx native made an early mark in Maui, notching 31 against Wichita State, 30 against Michigan State and finishing off the superhuman performance with 29 in the championship game vs. Kentucky. Walker is averaging nearly 27 PPG and shooting 50% with opposing defenses centering their game plan on his offensive capabilities. He’s a jet in the full court, a crafty scorer in the lane and has improved his outside jump shot tremendously.

Rush The Court " Blog Archive " Checking in on… the Big East
The loss at Pitt will end up being a good thing for the Huskies. They needed to come back to earth. UConn is not a bad basketball team, especially with Kemba Walker on the court, but they certainly were not the fourth best team in the country. UConn looked bad against Pitt, but their younger players struggled in the Big East opener on the road against an actual top ten team. For the freshmen, it was their first Big East game ever, and it was also two days after Christmas. It is not yet time to panic with this team.

UConn Women Beat Pacific, Win 90th In A Row - Hartford Courant
Five Huskies scored in double figures, led by Maya Moore, who had 17 points and six steals. But none was more impressive than sophomore Heather Buck. Buck scored a career-high 11 points, nine in the first half, which ended with the Huskies holding a 49-19 lead. Her previous career high was eight this season against Howard at Gampel Pavilion.

Stanford Looks Ready for UConn After Routing No. 4 Xavier
If Stanford has a been a team with an identity crisis, the Cardinal may have finally found that elusive identity: the team that can beat Connecticut.