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TheRoundUp 12/20: Huskies near the end of nonconference play

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Calhoun: 3-Game Suspension Will Be "Difficult"
Calhoun said sitting out the three games will be "difficult. It's something that, according to the NCAA, happened 5 ½ years ago, some of these kids were probably sophomores in high school. It’s for, I guess, an atmosphere. I’m sitting out three games because – for me, it’s probably an attitude, as opposed to an atmosphere ..."

UConn practice: some thoughts on Fairfield -
Calhoun had lots of raves for the Stags, who are 7-4. "Earlier in the year, when they lost to Providence, it looked like [new coach Sydney Johnson] was still putting in his Princeton offense - he played and coached there. Now, it looks like they're back to a more open offense, combining the two. They're a very good team. This will not be the easiest game we'll have the rest of the year - they're more talented than some of the teams we'll play in the Big East."

Alex Oriakhi's season not shaping up the way it was supposed to thus far- The Register Citizen
But it hasn’t quite gone that way. A third of the way through UConn’s season, Oriakhi’s numbers are precipitously down from a year ago. He’s not even one of the top five scorers on the team, and he’s third in rebounding – barely ahead of guard Jeremy Lamb. About the only thing Oriakhi leads the Huskies in thus far is trips to Jim Calhoun’s doghouse. In fact, for a three-game stretch he had actually played himself out of UConn’s lineup – then further dug a hole for himself by seemingly criticizing Calhoun on Twitter.

The Day - Kemba clutch in exhibition debut, and other UConn news | News from southeastern Connecticut
Freshman Andre Drummond earned Big East rookie-of-the-week honors after contributing a career-best 24 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in Sunday's win over Holy Cross. Drummond went 11-for-12 from the field, tying the second best field goal percentage in school history for any player with at least 10 field goals made.

Huskies move up a spot in the polls - Hartford Courant
The Huskies moved up a spot in each of the major polls this week, to No. 8 in the AP writers poll, to No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Huskies Help Out at Calhoun Food Drive
"This may be the most hard-hitting, in the sense that they recognize a lot of faces. They really do. It's not that they know the people, necessarily, but this is the neighborhood for them," Calhoun said. "This is the most tangible thing that we do every year. I go home, and it's a very good feeling."

UConn Women: Heather Buck impresses with defense against Baylor- The Register Citizen
Buck, always good for 15 minutes against overmatched opponents, found herself having the most impact of her collegiate career during Sunday’s game against No. 1 Baylor. With starting center Stefanie Dolson sitting with two early fouls Buck played 12 minutes in the first half. Although she didn’t score, neither did national player of the year candidate Brittney Griner when Buck was matched up with her.

Ex-UConn star Kemba Walker scores 18 in Bobcats' debut " The Commercial Appeal
After missing 8 of his first 10 shots, including a dunk on a fastbreak, and picking up three fouls in his first four minutes, Walker made a 17-footer and a pretty driving layup over two defenders in the closing 90 seconds. He used his quickness to consistently draw contact in the lane and shot 9 for 11 from the line.

Walker's Jordan-esque trait catches MJ's eye
"Mike looked at him as himself," said second-year Bobcats coach Paul Silas. "He said, ‘If he can lead that ballclub to the championship, he has what I have — the determination to do it.’