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TheRoundUp 2/15: Huskies get a pep talk from Ray Allen

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UCONN MEN: Struggling Huskies get a visit from an old star- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut
"He said you’ve got to bring it every day," said freshman guard Ryan Boatright. "Just because we’re down right now doesn’t mean we can’t turn it around. He gave us two examples: the team last year with Kemba, and the New York Giants. They lost four straight in the regular season, now they’re the Super Bowl champs. He told us to keep fighting and we can turn this whole thing around if we come together as a team."

UConn Men's Basketball Notebook - Hartford Courant
"It was vintage Ray Allen," said associate head coach George Blaney, still subbing for the ailing coach. "It's an example of what Jim has built here, the family atmosphere in this gym, the kind of players he has had here that want to give back. Ray touched on a lot of things … What do you do when you're having trouble? How do you respond? Sometimes you get mad at each other, whatever it is you need to do to get everybody on the same page. Whenever you lose, you lose a little bit of that. And that's what you have to get back."

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: UConn Players Inspired by Ray Allen's Talk
As for UConn's walking wounded, Jeremy Lamb's sprained right toe has improved, according to trainer James Doran, and he was expected to give it a go at practice today. Same with Drummond, though the team is being more cautious with him.

Blaney: Jim Calhoun’s Pain Has ‘Intensified’ | UConn Men
"I speak to him every day," said George Blaney, who will coach in Calhoun’s stead again against DePaul on Wednesday. "He’s still hurting. In fact, it sounds like the pain has intensified."

Is the Calhoun era at UConn near its end? –
"I thought I could get through it," he says. Physical therapy helped, but the pain flared up again on a trip to Washington, D.C., to play Georgetown this month. He had planned to return before season's end. "I'm looking at the calendar," he says. "I hope to, but I don't know."

UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis earns 7th Big East freshman of the week honor |
The 6-foot forward from Anaheim, Calif., averaged 14 points and four rebounds in wins over No. 20 Louisville and No. 14 Georgetown.

UConn Football: UConn football concentrating more on recruiting Class of 2013 -
Feb. 25 will be a big day at UConn. The men's basketball team will host Syracuse with the ESPN GameDay crew in tow. It's also Junior Day, an unofficial visit when a general pool of players the football program likes, and their parents, will be on campus.