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TheRoundUp 1/5: Basketball struggles, coach search underway

No. 14 Notre Dame 73, No. 8 UConn 70 - UCONN | Men's Basketball
The Huskies didn't help themselves Tuesday night at the Joyce Center. Eighth-ranked UConn fell behind early, showed a lot of fight and went on a few runs, but also shot itself in the foot many times in a 73-70 loss to the No. 14 Irish.

Three-Pointers A Difference In UConn-Notre Dame - UCONN | Men's Basketball
"The three at the end of half was a terrific shot," coach Jim Calhoun said. "Really well-defended, and it happens. I'm not concerned about that kind of thing. I was concerned about the six they made [in the first half]. Then they make one in the second half."

Alex Oriakhi Scoreless Vs. Notre Dame; UConn Frontcourt Stuggles - UCONN | Men's Basketball
The UConn frontcourt stuggles are glaring now. Alex Oriakhi fouled out of Tuesday's game against Notre Dame, going scoreless with six rebounds in 23 minutes. Charles Okwandu had two points and one rebound in 23 minutes. Tyler Olander had no points, two rebounds and three fouls in eight minutes.

Search For Edsall's Successor Intensifies - Hartford Courant
"The search began [right after the Fiesta Bowl] and will continue full bore," Hathaway said. "We are working virtually around the clock. We will be quick, but not hurry. In the meantime, Hank has my full confidence."

The Day - Huskies taking quick, careful approach to coach search | News from southeastern Connecticut
Hathaway and Hughes did end one bit of speculation, however. Both confirmed that Hughes, the assistant head coach for defense under Edsall and a member of UConn's staff for 10 seasons, will interview for the job.

Hughes deserves a shot as UConn's head coach - GreenwichTime
If Hughes is the right guy to take the wheel in a time of program turmoil -- and less than a month before national signing day -- why not let him drive the bus for a while, too?

UConn Women Look To Rebound - Hartford Courant
"This our chance in the season to improve, get better," senior forward Maya Moore said. "Our backs are against the wall. And situations like this is when you show what you are made of. We need to prove we can bounce back.

The Day - Taurasi to Auriemma: 'Coach ... I didn't do it" | News from southeastern Connecticut
"All I know is from talking to Diana and I know she’s really, really devastated by all this. She told me, ‘Coach, I didn’t take that. Whatever they’re saying, I didn’t do it.’ I’ve got to believe her. It’s like if your kids come home and say, ‘Dad, I promise you I didn’t do this.’ You’ve got to believe them.

Regional Digest: UConn Top Pick In Preseason Big East Baseball Poll - Hartford Courant
UConn received nine of a possible 11 first-place votes and is favored to win the Big East baseball championship in a preseason poll of the Big East coaches. The coaches also chose Connecticut outfielder George Springer as the Big East preseason player of the year and right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes the preseason pitcher of the year.