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TheRoundUp 11/17: Huskies looking to bear down

Alex Orikahi has only attempted 11 field goals in UConn's two games. The Huskies will look to get him more touches tonight.
Alex Orikahi has only attempted 11 field goals in UConn's two games. The Huskies will look to get him more touches tonight.

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Calhoun says he expects Maine to give the Huskies "a handful." He knows their coach, Ted Woodward, rather well. Woodward was a grad assistant on Calhoun's original staff at UConn and was present at the creation of the UConn world as we know it today. He persevered through five losing seasons at Maine, but has had the Black Bears in America East contention the last two years.

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Woodward is looking forward to playing UConn. "I don’t know if we’ve ever played reigning national champion," Woodward said. "I have tremendous respect for the level that they’re at. … It’s a great opportunity. This is something our guys look forward to."

UConn looking for better effort against Maine- The Register Citizen
"We need to get Alex back," Calhoun said. "He was somewhat back (on Monday)." Part of the problem is he’s not getting the ball a whole lot. While guards Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier are averaging a combined 46 points in the first two games, Oriakhi has attempted just 11 field goals in the first two contests.

Journal Inquirer > Sports > UConn men: Major payoff
For Maine, however, such games are about more than just earning a paycheck. Over the last two years, the Black Bears have knocked off Boston College, Penn State, UMass, and Fordham. Woodward looks at the games not only as a chance at a big win, but a chance for his players to gain valuable experience against talented players and in larger venues before bigger crowds. Plus, it’s an experience his players will not soon forget.

Journal Inquirer > Archives > Sports > UConn men: Minute to win it
"I was a little frustrated after the first game," Drummond said. "I went out there and had a great two practices and executed it today in the game. The three bigs we have — me, Tyler, and Alex — we talked about how we need to go out and rebound more so Coach doesn’t have to get on us. We all decided, ‘All right, we’re going to go after everything.’

Digital Chalkboard: Connecticut inbounds play " The Mikan Drill
UConn showed that they can execute inbounds plays to get open baskets, as we saw several times in their postseason run from last season. In their game against Wagner, they showed a different inbounds play from the two highlighted above and were able to get a layup for Alex Oriakhi.

Journal Inquirer > Sports > UConn football: Nick of time: Williams wants to get involved
Williams’ performance against Syracuse renewed calls for him to touch the ball on offense. He has seven catches this season for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He’s a big play waiting to happen, but except for a couple of catches against Buffalo has been an afterthought on offense.

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UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni, a 1972 Penn State graduate, touched on the scandal that has rocked his alma mater during Tuesday’s media luncheon on campus.

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The Huskies (2-0) will find out how good they are — at least at this point in the season — on Monday, when No. 5 Stanford comes to the XL Center in Hartford. The Cardinal ended UConn’s NCAA record 90-game winning streak last season and will now get a shot at the Huskies’ NCAA record 85-game home winning streak.