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Walker, UConn brimming with confidence for NCAA tourney -
"This is the best league in the country right now. For us to come out on top in this league, our confidence is high right now," said Walker.

UConn men searching to complement star Walker - GreenwichTime
So who is UConn's second-best player? Well, it changes night to night, which may in part explain some of the team's ups and downs.

UConn Needs Alex Oriakhi To Play Strong Up Front - Hartford Courant
Oriakhi is probably the player on which UConn's Final Four hopes hinge. Calhoun knows what he's going to get from Kemba Walker. He often has no idea what to expect from Oriakhi, who is prone to letting recent success or failure affect him moving forward. The Huskies hope New York was a springboard.

Maya Moore, UConn begin trek for third straight national title - Richard Deitsch -
UConn is the big favorite, but Duke needs to get back to the regional final in Philadelphia if only to offer a better showing than the 36-point beating it endured from the Huskies on Jan. 31. "How many times can you keep letting someone punch you?" said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie after UConn's 87-51 win. "I mean, the outcome was never in question here."

Dolson's meteoric rise at UConn |
As Dolson put it, she was the player who fouled out against powerful Baylor — and star 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner — in 12 minutes in UConn's second game of the year. After Dolson put up a career-high 24 points for the second time in three games in a 73-64 win over Notre Dame in the Big East tournament championship last week, star teammate Maya Moore said Dolson should be the MVP.

UConn Football: Coach Pasqualoni oversees first spring practice - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
He was pleased with the way the team handled what was presented to them, but knows the path gets tougher as the spring season progresses and culminates with the Blue/White Game on April 16.

Q&A with UConn's George DeLeone, Part I - Big East Blog - ESPN
So our goal this spring, one of our biggest challenges, is to make sure each quarterback has equal opportunity to get repetitions. That's the challenge, with three or four quarterbacks you're dealing with. And more importantly than the reps, it's the type of reps they get in certain situations.

Q&A with UConn's George DeLeone, Part II - Big East Blog - ESPN
Can D.J. Shoemate be an every-down tailback? GD: That's why we're going to practice. We're going to find out what these guys can do, and I think the jury is out. It's going to be an opportunity for him to show what he can do, and Hyppolite to show what he can do. Because there's not going to be anybody else.

UConn Baseball: Grand slam sinks Huskies - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
After a second-place finish last year, the Huskies were preseason favorites to win the Big East title this year. They also were ranked in the top 25 in both the USA Today/ESPN and Baseball America polls. But on Tuesday, UConn coach Jim Penders summed up the Huskies this way: "Right now, we’re a very average baseball team."