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Shabazz Napier is flying high and ready for March. Are you?
Shabazz Napier is flying high and ready for March. Are you?

Journal Inquirer > Sports > UConn is whole again
"He brings that energy and it just makes he want to fight harder, even when I’m tired and on my last straw," Napier said. "He pumps his fist and I’m like ‘I’m not done. I’m going to keep going.’ And he did that for everybody. Words can’t explain what he means to this team."

UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL: UConn ready for DePaul in Big East tournament- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut
"There’s no direct correlation this week between last year, seven years ago, who we’re playing," Calhoun said prior to practice on Monday. "It’s who, (on Tuesday), over two hours (is the better team). I don’t think it’s much more complex than that."

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Blaney: 'I'd Be Disappointed if We're Not in the NCAA Already'
Calhoun said that for about two weeks prior to surgery, he was extremely limited physically -- walking with a cane for a time -- so it's really been about three weeks without doing much. "(Sunday) I walked couple of miles, probably did a little too much. But more importantly, (I'm just) trying to recapture my body a little bit. Once we get to gametime, I’ll be fine." Could he handle three, four (or dare we say, five) games in five days again? "I’d love it. Give me a chance."

KML Provides The Offense As UConn Beats Rutgers, 49-34 - Hartford Courant
When last seen at the XL Center, UConn was reeling from the nature of its loss to Notre Dame in the last game of the regular season. There would be no Big East co-championship with the Irish. There would be no top seed or second seed. Worse yet, there would be no relief from a coaching staff delivering its I-told-you-so about focus, performance and toughness — all of which were lacking that night.

No. 4 UConn women beat No. 23 Rutgers 49-34 -
"For 40 minutes we guarded them exactly how we wanted to guard them," Auriemma said. "I tip my hat off to these guys because it takes a lot to concentrate that hard and play that hard on defense. I thought our rebounding was great. All and all it was a pretty gutty performance by our guys."

UConn Women: UConn Women Notebook - Hartford Courant
Is Fairfield a 16th seed? Likely not. But unless the NCAA places it there, UConn and Fairfield probably both can't play in Bridgeport, unless UConn is dropped to a 2 or 3. UConn could be moved, probably to Norfolk, Va., for first- and second-round games.

Men's Hockey To Face No. 19 Air Force In AHA Second Round - University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site
The UConn men's hockey team will travel to face No. 19 Air Force in a best-of-three series in second round of the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs set to begin Friday night. The No. 8 seed Huskies advanced with a 2-0 sweep of No. 9 seed Canisius in Storrs this past weekend.

UCONN MEN: NBA scouts give their take on Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drummond- The Register Citizen
While both players have repeatedly said that they’re not thinking about their future, only their team’s present, it seems highly likely that Drummond and Lamb will each enter the draft and hear their respective names called on June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.