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TheRoundUp 3/24: It is now or never

UConn Looking Forward To Being 'Away' Team -
The third-seeded Huskies aren't necessarily the underdog tonight against second-seeded San Diego State in an NCAA Tournament West Region semifinal, but they'll embrace the notion anyway. They'll continue to ride the only-we-believe and told-you-so mentalities that have carried them this far, two steps shy of the Final Four.

Sweet 16 preview: UConn vs. San Diego St. - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Asked how he would guard himself, Leonard obliged and said, "Play the best defense, and hope I miss." That might go double for Walker and how the Aztecs plan to try to slow him down.

A Sweet touch at UConn - The Boston Globe
They’re UConn basketball players. They’re Jim Calhoun basketball players. They’re in the Sweet 16. You might say the first two things make the third a given.

NCAA Tournament: UConn's Jeremy Lamb proving basketball team more than just Kemba Walker show
Connecticut star Kemba Walker is the problem no one has been able to solve since the postseason began. Jeremy Lamb may be the one no one sees coming.

Sharing NCAA spotlight doesn't bother UConn's Walker -
"At 6-feet, 185 pounds, there isn't anything he can't do and the greatest thing he can do is lead a team and impose some of his will on his teammates," added Calhoun. "Most people can't transmit that. That's a hard thing to do and I've had great players, and some can. But Kemba can do so many different things -- defensively on the ball, pressure, rebounding -- he averages six rebounds a game."

UConn Men's Basketball Team: A season of ups and downs -
From the night that the team was introduced to fans at its first practice while its coach was testifying before the NCAA, through its historic run in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden, nothing about their year's Huskies has been conventional. But much has been satisfying.

Jeff Jacobs: A Coaching Contrast Between Calhoun And Fisher -
In the end, a college team reflects its coach. After last season's dud seemed to drain him, Calhoun has done a brilliant job this season, alternately nurturing and prodding a young team, meshing so well with Walker. Calhoun has been equally resilient. And in the end, by realizing the power in the entirety of his career, recognizing when to give up on the Nate Miles mess, such resilience may have done the most for this team.

UConn Football Players Strut Their Stuff At Pro Day - Hartford Courant
He was squeezed out of a starting job as a senior and hardly played, but Greg Lloyd didn't escape the attention of NFL scouts at UConn's Pro Day at the Shenkman Center Wednesday.

The Day - Huskies chase the NFL dream | News from southeastern Connecticut
Derek Chard, the Huskies' long snapper, knows it's unlikely he'll be picked. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. won't be dissecting his game. "He doesn't even know who I am," Chard laughed. Chard was one of 10 UConn seniors who participated in the school's pro day Tuesday at the Shenkman Training Center. Approximately 25 NFL teams were represented at the event.

UConn Women Have Beaten Nine Sweet 16 Teams -
The Huskies have already played 10 of the teams still alive, including three that are also in the Philadelphia Regional — Georgetown, DePaul and Duke. The other seven are Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Stanford, North Carolina, Louisville and Baylor. The Huskies are 14-1 against those 10 opponents, losing at Stanford on Dec. 30 — the only defeat UConn has had in its past 114 games.

UConn Women Started History of Final Four Success During the 1990-91 Season - The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT
Before the unforgettable vision of an elated Rebecca Lobo racing up the court at the Target Center in Minneapolis, her arms thrust into the air and a beaming smile serving as a snapshot of the Connecticut’s remarkable rise to the top of the women’s basketball world, there was a group of endearing regional players which Wendy Davis affectionately refers to "a bunch of country bumpkins." The championship exploits of Shea Ralph, Svetlana Abrosimova, Swin Cash, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Renee Montgomery, Tina Charles and most recently Maya Moore quite possibly never would have played out if not for the magical 1990-91 season.