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TheRoundUp 3/8: The Big East Tournament tips off

American Chronicle | UConn hopes to stay a while
Today at noon (ESPN2), UConn has perhaps its best chance to break this perplexing hex. The ninth-seeded Huskies take on lowly DePaul, which has won exactly two regular-season Big East games over the past three seasons. The Blue Demons went 1-17 in conference play this season, their lone win on Feb. 17 at Providence. They are without their best player (Big East rookie of the year favorite Cleveland Melvin), and are coming off a 107-59 loss at Syracuse -- the worst loss in Big East history.

The Day - UConn men seek fresh start in Big East tournament | News from southeastern Connecticut
"I told them that even though we beat DePaul that I guarantee that DePaul is going to be a whole new team, a way better team, because every team just seems to get better in the postseason," Walker said. ""… Everybody knows (the postseason) is precious. We can't slack at all."

A fresh start for UConn men in Big East tourney - GreenwichTime
"We haven't been very successful over the last four or five years, certainly," said UConn coach Jim Calhoun, whose last Big East Tournament win came over Georgetown March 10, 2005. "We've been involved in a six-overtime game, we've been involved in a buzzer-beater, been involved in an awful performance last year against St. John's. We've been involved in all kinds of things going there. More importantly, we haven't been successful."

Maya scores 22 as UConn women rout Rutgers - GreenwichTime
In the opening minute Monday against fourth-seeded Rutgers in the semifinals, Moore showed that she would not struggle. She was regularly on the attack, scoring 17 of her game-high 22 points in the first half to lead the top-ranked Huskies to a 75-51 victory at the XL Center before 9,260.

UConn's Auriemma Looks For More From Faris And Gets It Against Rutgers -
Before the Big East tournament began, Geno Auriemma began to assess UConn's chances of winning its 17th title by saying sophomore guard Kelly Faris would have to have a better March than was her February. He reiterated his feelings Monday after Faris scored 19 points and added four assists to the Huskies' 75-51 win over Rutgers in a Big East tournament semifinal at the XL Center.