October 13, 2012 |
There's a lot of pride floating around North Broad after Temple won its first Big East game since being kicked out of the league eight years ago. But the Owls (2-2, 1-0 Big East) must elevate their play in order to beat Connecticut in Saturday's 1 p.m. conference game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The Huskies (3-3, 0-1) boast one the nation's top defenses. So don't expect Temple running back Montel Harris to run wild like he did last week against the Bulls. To balance things out, the Owls defense needs to dominate what has been a struggling Huskies offense.
March 25, 1995 |
Four Philly teams received gilt-edged invitations to this year's "big dance" - the NCAA basketball tournament. But the golden carriage that was to carry Villanova, Temple, LaSalle and Drexel to greater glory turned into a pumpkin, as all lost. I can commiserate. I had a hoop dream - to match my skills against the man considered perhaps the best college basketball player ever: Bill Bradley, the Princeton star who is now a U.S. senator from New Jersey. Back in the mid-'60s, Bradley was the Renoir of the college game, painting masterpiece after masterpiece on a hardwood floor.
March 27, 2006 |
It started to sink in with 2 1/2 minutes left and Villanova down by 12 points: A wonderful basketball season was coming to an unhappy end. "Look at that - another missed three-pointer," groaned Ron Monkress, 30. "It's not a basketball game anymore, it's a funeral for a real good friend," the civil engineer from Warrington said amid an ever-more-dispirited throng of fans gathered in a Main Line taproom. It's a safe bet that most of Villanova University's 6,300 full-time students watched last night's Elite Eight game against the Florida Gators, whether in dorm rooms, lounges, or off-campus apartments.
April 3, 2013 |
GENO AURIEMMA and his Connecticut Huskies are headed back to a familiar place - the Final Four. Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 17 to help top-seed UConn rout Kentucky, 83-53, on Monday night in Bridgeport and advance to a record sixth-straight national semifinal. "It definitely doesn't get old," UConn senior Kelly Faris said. "Each year is different, special in its own way. This is our last go-around, we want to go out with a bang. I'm fortunate to be part of this program where we make it every year.
September 29, 2014 |
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - They call the home of the Connecticut Huskies, Rentschler Field, "The Rent. " On Saturday, Temple showed up and owned it. After a sluggish first half in which it still managed to lead, 7-3, despite being dominated in time of possession, Temple erupted in the third quarter. The Owls scored several ways to open play in the American Athletic Conference with a 36-10 rout of UConn in front of 27,755 fans. With the win, the Owls, who don't play again until they host Tulsa for homecoming on Oct. 11, earned their first 3-1 start since the 2010 season.
March 13, 2004 |
The run is over. After two improbable victories in the Big East Conference tournament at Madison Square Garden, Villanova's quest for a surprise berth in the title game ended last night. The Wildcats staged an inspired second-half rally, but the battle-tested, ninth-ranked Connecticut Huskies answered every challenge on their way to a 84-67 win and a date tonight with sixth-ranked Pittsburgh for the tournament title. Pitt (29-3) beat Boston College last night in the other semifinal.
March 22, 1999 |
After 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and more than his share of gut-wrenching departures, Jim Calhoun figured his first ticket to the Final Four wasn't going to come hand-delivered. So Calhoun wasn't buying any of the talk that his top-seeded and third-ranked Connecticut Huskies were a virtual lock against 10th-seeded upstart Gonzaga in the NCAA West Regional final. Not after having been denied three previous times after advancing this far. No, Calhoun knew he was destined to sweat this one out. He knew Gonzaga was going to play with that chip on its shoulder and fight with all its heart to keep UConn from ending its remarkable run. But when you've waited as long as Calhoun has, what's another 39 minutes and 53.8 seconds of sweating?
December 31, 1998 |
Villanova knew how good the Connecticut Huskies were, of course. But the Wildcats hoped their familiarity with the nation's top-ranked team would give them a shot at an upset. So much for familiarity. The Wildcats never had a chance. The Huskies played with focus and purpose at both ends of the floor last night, got excellent performances from Richard Hamilton and Kevin Freeman, and rolled to a 100-76 Big East Conference victory before a crowd 16,294 at the Hartford Civic Center.
March 22, 1991 |
You remember the play. It's just wearing a little mildew, maybe, in your mind's highlight film library. Pause to refresh: Duke vs. Connecticut, March 24, 1990, NCAA East Regional final, East Rutherford, N.J. Four seconds left in overtime. Duke's Christian Laettner inbounds from the sideline to Brian Davis near the top of the key . . . 0:03 . . . Laettner, with no one guarding him, cuts toward the lane . . . 0:02 . . . Laettner takes Davis's return pass . . . 0:01 . . . Laettner nails a 15-foot buzzer-beater for a 79-78 victory.
March 11, 1990 |
Their problem has not been a lack of renown. By now, most of the sporting world knows about the Connecticut Huskies and how they have attained one of the best records in the country with a bunch of hustling overachievers. The problem was whether anyone outside the comely environment of Storrs, Conn., was taking the Huskies seriously. Are they, people have wondered, really good enough to contend for an NCAA title? Well, UConn took another large step toward that goal yesterday with an impressive 65-60 victory over Georgetown.