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TheRoundUp 3/12: UConn prepares to dance with Iowa St.

UConn will have to contend with the outside shooting of Royce White and the Cyclones.
UConn will have to contend with the outside shooting of Royce White and the Cyclones.

UConn Men's Basketball, No. 9 Seed, Will Face Iowa State Thursday -
"Last year was very different," coach Jim Calhoun said, "momentum-wise and otherwise. … The opportunity is all you can ask for."

Iowa State earns 1st NCAA bid since 2005
"It's a tough draw. But hey, we're up for the challenge," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. It's the first NCAA tournament bid since 2005 for the Cyclones (22-10), who earned an at-large selection after being knocked out of the Big 12 tournament by Texas.

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Calhoun: 'I Like Being the Underdog'
"We haven’t played a team that has shot 36 3’s in a game and averages 24 3’s a game. They shoot it at 38 percent, that’s as good as anybody I’ve heard of in quite some time ... We’re going to have to chase them off the 3-point marker ... Obviously, they shoot the heck out of the basketball." He noted that UConn will experiment with some smaller lineups, and the four position will be "a tad more flexible for this game."

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: A Few Things to Know About Iowa State
Their best player is Royce White, a 6-8 sophomore who led the team in almost every category: 13.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 4.0 turnovers and nearly a block a game. Scott Christopherson, a 6-3 senior, is a dead-eye 3-point shooter, hitting at a scorching 45 percent (63-for-140) from beyond the arc. He averaged 12.5 ppg. Chris Allen averaged 11.8 ppg and shot a respectable 38 percent from Trey Land, while Tyrus McGee shot 41 percent (50-for-122) from distance.

Journal Inquirer > Archives > Sports > UConn men: Building blocks
"No one can tell me that it wasn’t a good team wearing blue today and played its butts off," said Calhoun, who suffered his first loss since returning from back surgery four games ago. "Did we shoot great? No. Did we make great decisions all the time? No. Did we play with great heart and did we play with great intensity and did we play for us and each other? Without a doubt. I couldn’t be prouder of them."

UConn Women Have Not Taken Easy Road To Likely No. 1 Seed -
"I've been spoiled the last four years. Things just always seemed to come so easily," Geno Auriemma said. "We were like a machine, a steamroller. We had an unbelievable amount of talent. So, if you're not careful, you get lulled into thinking that they are all going to be like that. This year was a reminded that championships are really, really hard to win. This was special for the players. They feel a great sense of accomplishment than maybe what they've felt in the past."

UConn's Season Ends With 4-3 Loss At Air Force - University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site
Despite a pair of goals from Cole Schneider, the UConn men's hockey team dropped game three of the best-of-three Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals, 4-3, tonight at the Cadet Ice Arena. The Huskies finish the season at 16-19-4 while Air Force moves on to face Mercyhurst in the AHA Semifinals in Rochester, N.Y. next weekend.

Roundup: UConn upsets No. 22 Oklahoma - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
The UConn baseball team took a five-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning Friday and held on for an 8-7 upset win over No. 22 Oklahoma in the first game of the Nike Showcase.

Regional Digest: UConn's baseball team loses to Illinois, 5-1 -
The University of Connecticut baseball team (5-7) lost to Illinois 5-1 at the NIKE Showcase, hosted by Oregon State. The Huskies' lone run of the game came in the eighth inning.