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TheRoundUp 1/17: Women annihilate UNC

The Day - UConn women dominate North Carolina 86-35 | News from southeastern Connecticut
There were times when UConn first started its series against North Carolina that the Huskies couldn't keep up. The Tar Heels won three straight from 2004-07 to go to 5-2 against UConn. Then came No. 3 UConn's 86-35 victory in Monday's nationally-televised Martin Luther King Day matchup, the worst loss and the fewest number of points in the storied history of the University of North Carolina women's basketball program.

No. 3 UConn women rout No. 24 UNC 86-35 -
"There were some times we played them when they were just way bigger, more athletic," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "They took advantage of those things and had a lot more offensive players back then. I think that's the difference I see right now. I see they don't have as many offensive players as they used to have."

UConn women need maturity during grueling stretch - Connecticut Post
"I keep saying I don't know how mature we are," Auriemma said. "I don't have a great beat on our team. I think I do, but I can't say for certain. I know there's six guys on our team I have a pretty good idea of what we're going to get from those six. Everybody else is a coin flip. So the longer we go and the more I get to know about those other guys I think the better I'll feel."

UConn turns back Notre Dame amid more questions about Ryan Boatright -
"As a coach, this biggest question you have for your team," Calhoun said, "is, when they’re thrown a challenge, as we were at 7 o’clock last night, how do they respond? I thought we responded great. I’ll go gome with a great sense of pride about what my team did."

UConn men's basketball: UConn win ends Notre Dame streak - Hartford Courant
"I'm proud of what we did," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "We broke a 29-game home winning streak. I'm proud of what we did against Notre Dame, and I'm proud we beat Mike Brey, who has evolved into what I think is as good a coach as there is."

College Basketball Rankings: UConn Huskies Rise After Two-Win Week - SB Nation Boston
The Huskies were voted No. 13 in the AP Top 25, four spots better than last week, and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, a five-spot improvement. Syracuse continues to lead both polls, topping the ESPN/USA Today poll unanimously.

Conference power rankings: Big East - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
2. Connecticut: Another difficult week for the Huskies. With Jim Calhoun’s suspension over, now UConn is dealing with the uncertainty of Ryan Boatright's status for the rest of the season as the NCAA looks into his eligibility again. That the Huskies were able to deal with the immediate news and win at Notre Dame is a credit to the team. The long-term effects, however, remain to be seen.

UConn basketball: Prospect Omar Calhoun Plays At Hoop Hall Classic. - Hartford Courant
Calhoun scored 18 points for Christ the King on Monday at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic, although his team was overmatched by California's Mater Dei, 88-50. Christ the King had just arrived from Springfield, Mo., where Calhoun scored 34 points in an overtime victory over Georgia's Miller Grove on Sunday. The Royals looked tired on Monday, but Calhoun scored 13 points, hitting 5-for-13 in the first half, after which his team trailed, 46-33. In the second half, he hit only one of nine shots, finishing with 18 points and six rebounds, with UConn assistants Ollie and Miller watching from the baseline.

UConn now on Tony Parker's list - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
Parker, one of the top uncommitted players left in the class of 2012, also is considering Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Ohio State and Memphis. Kansas has shown interest as well.