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TheRoundUp 12/28: Can you handle the Blane-dog?

Without Calhoun, UConn men take on USF - Connecticut Post
"(Blaney) is a little more reserved (than Calhoun)," said UConn sophomore Jeremy Lamb, the team's leading scorer at 18.9 points per contest. "He's calmer; he's a little more laid-back. He'll still get in you when he needs to, but at the same time, he's laid-back."

UConn mens basketball: UConn has struggled against South Florida. -
"We need to be ready, big time," said George Blaney, UConn's associate head coach, who is taking over during Jim Calhoun's suspension. "We went to overtime with them last year. South Florida is really good. They really have excellent players, guys who can score inside, pop out and score outside. They have a number of good 'swing'-type athletes, and they're vastly improved from last year."

UConn-South Florida Preview - College Basketball News | FOX Sports on MSN
The Bulls lost 53-51 at Southern Miss on Thursday. Senior Augustus Gilchrist, who leads the team with 11.1 points per game, struggled to a 3-for-13 shooting effort after going 3 for 12 from the field in his previous game. Gilchrist, however, is averaging 17.7 points - 5.6 more than his overall mark - in three career meetings with the Huskies.

UConn Men's Basketball Glance -- UConn at South Florida
While the UConn guards still lead the way statistically, with Jeremy Lamb (18.9 ppg) and Shabazz Napier (15.5 ppg, 6.7 apg) one and two in scoring, the last two games have been about freshman Andre Drummond, the 6-foot-11 center who has hit 25 of his last 29 shots (86 percent) in wins over Holy Cross and Fairfield.

Bulls get first shot at defending national champs |
For the first time in the University of South Florida's 41-season men's basketball history, the Bulls will face a defending national champion.

UConn Men: For UConn Men, Time For Big East Opponents -
Learning to play against other big guys is what Drummond came to UConn to do. And youngsters like Drummond must grow up fast in the Big East, where it's one physical battle after another. The crowds will be bigger, louder, more hostile on the road and demanding at home.

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: My Fearless Big East Forecast
Not saying there will be 11 Big East invites this year, but the conference certainly has Final Four contenders in Syracuse, UConn, Louisville and possibly Marquette and Georgetown. Perennial contenders like Pitt and Villanova appear a little down, but we could see vast improvement from teams like Seton Hall, Providence and even DePaul.

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Drummond Big East Rookie of the Week ... Again
This is the second straight week and third time this season Drummond has won the honor. West Virginia's Kevin Jones was named Player of the Week; Shabazz Napier made the Honor Roll.

The Odds on UConn’s Conference Season | UConn By The Numbers
Part of me thinks that Oriakhi stands to benefit the most from the calmer Blaney taking control of the sidelines—if just because it will help Alex get out of his own head. The two games in which he has logged the most minutes, he has also put up some of his best numbers (15 pts and 10 rebounds against Central Florida, 9 and 8 against Arkansas), though the cause and effect can go either way on that. Calhoun (who seemed particularly curmudgeonly in the Fairfield game) rode Oriakhi harder than anyone last Thursday, playing the junior for only 45 seconds of the last 10:42. At one point from my vantage point in the XL Center (about 20 rows behind the UConn bench during the second half), I could see Calhoun openly mock Alex’s body language on the bench, mimicking his frustrated, crossed-arm pose before making a demonstratively dismissive hand gesture.

Connecticut's Khalid El-Amin Signs in Croatia |
El-Amin has signed with Croatia’s KK Cibona for the next month, according to Sportando last week. Last season, he was a member of Lithuania’s Lietuvos Rytas, where he suffered a severe quadriceps injury – tearing the muscle off the bone – last May.

Fairfield's Frager understands magnitude of No. 2 UConn - GreenwichTime
"Marist will pack their 2,000 in and having to play in that environment helps, but I think you can never fully prepare kids going from 2,000 to 8,000 or however many we are going to have there," Frager said.

UConn's ’02 national title team to be honored Thursday - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
The honoring of the 2001-02 team will be the third induction of an entire team (players, coaches and support staff) into the Huskies of Honor program. The 1995 and 2000 national championship teams also were inducted.