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TheRoundUp 1/18: Kembakadabra

UConn defeats Villanova 61-59 -
A bloodbath, Jay Wright called the early portion of the game. Scoring every basket was like lifting a 100-pound boulder, Jim Calhoun said. Walker's early struggles and late brilliance typified a tussle that evolved into a gripping back-and-forth affair.

All Eyes On Kemba, He Delivers Again -
Yet here's the damnedest thing about what is becoming the greatest individual season in UConn history, about another snapshot that is developing into a national player of the year video. Everybody in the joint knew the ball was going to Kemba and nobody could stop the sweet, soft floater that landed like a ton of bricks on Villanova.

Corey Fisher Drops 28 On UConn - UCONN | Men's Basketball
Fisher was fabulous for Villanova against UConn Monday at Gampel Pavilion, scoring a career-high 28 points -- the most scored by a single player against the Huskies this season. With Corey Stokes held in check by Roscoe Smith and struggling mightily, Fisher was just about the only offensive option for the Wildcats.

Hayes Helps UConn Women Cruise Past North Carolina -
Well, the only ones wobbling after No. 2 UConn's 83-57 win Monday night at Carmichael Auditorium were the Tar Heels. And that's because Hayes played a major role in knocking them silly. The junior guard led the Huskies with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists, With 16:36 left, she made two free throws to become the 35th player in UConn history to score at least 1,000 points.

Yes, Edsall Was Dreaming -
With some time to reflect, yes, it was time for Edsall to leave. Absolutely for him. And probably for UConn, too. Oh, not the manner in which he left, of course. Putting Jordan Todman in front of the team moments after the Fiesta Bowl loss to announce he was leaving for the NFL yet saying nothing about his own plans was weak. Not returning with the team to Connecticut was weaker. Not returning to his beloved training complex to personally say goodbye to his assistants and remaining players, well, that makes all Edsall's talk about family and brothers ring hollow. Turns out he's just like any highly ambitious, glory-seeking coach.

UConn football notebook: Freshman RB McCombs arrested on pot charges - GreenwichTime
Lyle McCombs, a freshman running back on the UConn football team, was arrested Sunday afternoon on two drug-related charges. Also, Quarterback Michael Nebrich started classes today, which is great news for UConn.

Local roundup: UConn running back tabbed as top player - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
UConn star running back Jordan Todman was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Football Bowl Subdivision Player of the Year on Monday after he helped lead his team to its first BCS game.