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November 15, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
Shabazz Napier scored 21 points and No. 4 Connecticut extended Division I's longest winning streak to 13 games with a 78-66 victory over visiting Wagner last night. Jeremy Lamb added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (2-0), who have never lost a game at Gampel Pavilion during the months of November or December. Latif Rivers scored 11 points and Tyler Murray added 10, all in the first half, for Wagner (1-1).   In other games *  At Syracuse, Dion Waiters had 17 points, Kris Joseph and James Southerland each scored 15, and the No. 5 Orange (2-0)
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February 23, 2013 | Associated Press
Shabazz Napier scored 11 of his 27 points in overtime as Connecticut beat Cincinnati, 73-66, Thursday night in Hartford, Conn. DeAndre Daniels added 17 points and had four blocked shots for the Huskies (18-7, 8-5 Big East). The teams were tied at 55 before Napier hit two three-pointers as part of a 6-2 UConn run to open overtime and send Cincinnati (19-8, 7-7) to its fourth loss in five games. Illinois 64, Penn State 59 - The Nittany Lions remained winless in the Big Ten, losing to their hosts in Champaign.
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February 16, 2012 | Associated Press
Jack Cooley scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to lead No. 23 Notre Dame to a 71-53 win over Rutgers on Wednesday night in Big East action in South Bend, Ind. Cooley also had 18 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (18-8, 9-3), who won their seventh straight game. Jerian Grant added 11 points, Eric Atkins had 10 points and eight assists, and Pat Connaughton also scored 10. Notre Dame's last loss came at Rutgers on Jan. 16. The Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, have lost four in a row and six of seven.
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February 22, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SHABAZZ NAPIER put Connecticut on his back again, helping the Huskies to their fourth overtime win this season. Napier scored 11 of his 27 points in overtime as Connecticut beat visiting Cincinnati, 73-66, on Thursday night in Hartford, Conn. "I try to be the best leader for this team, and guys look for me to make shots," he said. "All I've got to do is see the ball go in the hoop one time, and I feel like I'm going to make the next one. " DeAndre Daniels added 17 points and tied a career high with four blocked shots for the Huskies (18-7, 8-5 Big East)
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February 1, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jordair Jett matched his career best with 19 points as host St. Louis pressured No. 9 Butler into a season-worst 23 turnovers on the way to a 75-58 upset win Thursday night. Dwayne Evans added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and five rebounds for the Billikens (15-5, 4-2 Atlantic Ten), who fed off the sellout at Chaifetz Arena and led by double digits most of the game. St. Louis shot 50 percent. Rotnei Clarke had 17 points for Butler (17-4, 4-2) but also had five turnovers. Three of the Bulldogs' four losses have been by 15 or more points.
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February 20, 2012 | BY DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
LATE FEBRUARY. Wells Fargo Center. Monday night. ESPN. Villanova-Connecticut. What could be better? Well, that was the idea when the schedule was made: an annual Big East contender and NCAA Tournament regular against the defending national champs. Reality intervened. In 2012, the Hartford Hawks have won twice as many games (eight) as the Connecticut Huskies. And Villanova has the second-worst overall record in the Big East. The UConn point guard is calling out his team.
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February 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple showed great improvement from its earlier meeting with Connecticut, but a poor offensive night contributed to the same outcome.   The Owls shot just 19 for 56 (33.9 percent) from the field and committed 16 turnovers during a 68-55 loss to the No. 21 Huskies in an American Athletic Conference matchup Thursday night at the Liacouras Center.   Coming off Sunday's 71-64 win over then-No. 23 SMU, Temple fell to 7-18, 2-11, while the Huskies are 21-5, 9-4.   On Jan. 21, Temple lost at UConn, 90-66, but this time the Huskies had to work much harder on offense and shot 2 for 13 from beyond the arc. "We had a couple of opportunities, wide-open jump shots that just didn't go, and to win a game against this quality of opponent, you have to make shots, and we didn't do that," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said.
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April 4, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maurice Watson Jr. has a three-part dream, his father said. Part 1 is to play in the NCAA tournament. Next is to play at a college basketball power. And third is to reach the NBA. Watson believes his decision Wednesday to transfer from Boston University will improve his chances of making that dream a reality. "I'm not saying he could not have reached that threshold playing at B.U.," said his father, Maurice Watson Sr. "But what I am saying is that the percentage is a little bit higher playing at a higher major school.
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April 1, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Connecticut was the school searching for a home when the conference musical chairs stopped last year. UConn was the school that could not play in the 2013 Big East or NCAA Tournaments because of low Academic Progress Rate scores. This UConn team lost three times to defending champion Louisville by a combined 55 points - 12 at home, 33 in the regular-season finale at Louisville and 10 in the American championship game in Memphis when the 'Ville led by 21 before easing up late.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
At the time, James Bell suggested on Twitter, it was just saying the right thing in the moment, a few polite words. Walking off the court after Connecticut had taken Villanova out of the NCAA tournament, the 'Nova senior said to UConn guard Shabazz Napier, "Win it all. " Late Monday night, Bell tweeted out, "I'm fine with losing to them now cuz they did !! !!" UConn, of course, also took out St. Joseph's in overtime before beating Villanova, after trailing both by double digits.
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April 10, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
At the time, James Bell suggested on Twitter, it was just saying the right thing in the moment, a few polite words. Walking off the court after Connecticut had taken Villanova out of the NCAA tournament, the 'Nova senior said to UConn guard Shabazz Napier, "Win it all. " Late Monday night, Bell tweeted out, "I'm fine with losing to them now cuz they did !! !!" UConn, of course, also took out St. Joseph's in overtime before beating Villanova, after trailing both by double digits.
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April 9, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - On senior night, Kevin Ollie made a promise to the Connecticut fans. He would bring his team back in April with a banner. The Huskies promptly lost their next game at Louisville, 81-48. They lost to the Cardinals again in the American championship game. They never lost again. Starting with a survival game against Saint Joseph's on the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament, the seventh-seeded Huskies kept playing better and showing different dimensions game to game, upsetting Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State, Florida and, finally, last night at AT&T Stadium, mighty Kentucky, 60-54, to win the program's fourth national title, all since 1999.
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April 8, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - I liked four teams when this NCAA Tournament began - Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan State and Florida. Kentucky has beaten two of them, Connecticut the other two. Now, what? The seeds stopped mattering when the games started. Add these seeds up and you get 15. Watch and analyze the 10 games UK and UConn have played in this tournament and you get the teams that have performed the best now playing for the championship. I have been in the building for each of UConn's five wins.
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April 8, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The first game of the Final Four predictably was mostly about defense, the second game about offense, just two completely different ways to score efficiently. The first was over long before it was official, the second not until the final shot was launched.   GAME 1 Connecticut 63, Florida 53 UConn looked completely lost for 11 minutes, trailing 16-4 after shooting 2-for-9 with six turnovers, unable to run any kind of offense. Florida looked every bit the best defensive team in the country, the team that had won 30 straight games, that was the No. 1 overall seed.
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April 7, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Florida has not lost since Dec. 2 when Connecticut beat the Gators. That would be 30 straight wins. UConn lost eight times this season, all to teams that are no longer playing. They were non-competitive in three losses to Louisville. Wisconsin beat the regular season and tournament champions of the Southeastern Conference (Florida again) and Atlantic Coast Conference (Virginia), the tournament champion of the Ohio Valley (Eastern Kentucky) and the regular-season champions of the Atlantic 10 (Saint Louis)
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April 4, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maurice Watson Jr. has a three-part dream, his father said. Part 1 is to play in the NCAA tournament. Next is to play at a college basketball power. And third is to reach the NBA. Watson believes his decision Wednesday to transfer from Boston University will improve his chances of making that dream a reality. "I'm not saying he could not have reached that threshold playing at B.U.," said his father, Maurice Watson Sr. "But what I am saying is that the percentage is a little bit higher playing at a higher major school.
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April 1, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Connecticut was the school searching for a home when the conference musical chairs stopped last year. UConn was the school that could not play in the 2013 Big East or NCAA Tournaments because of low Academic Progress Rate scores. This UConn team lost three times to defending champion Louisville by a combined 55 points - 12 at home, 33 in the regular-season finale at Louisville and 10 in the American championship game in Memphis when the 'Ville led by 21 before easing up late.
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March 30, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Last March, the Connecticut team was barred from the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden because of poor academic progress scores. The Big East as we knew it would end with one of its marquee programs not even allowed in the building that helped make the league famous. Well, the Huskies were back in the Garden last night. They were there in the East Region Sweet 16 against one of the nation's high-powered offenses in Iowa State. But they did not let Iowa State get comfortable until it was too late.
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March 25, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - Jay Wright has been coaching college basketball long enough to know that a team isn't judged as much by what it does during the regular season as by how it plays - and how far it advances - in the NCAA tournament. So, despite a 29-5 record that exceeded the limited expectations placed on Villanova in the preseason, the lingering memory of the 2013-14 Wildcats in the short term will be their inability to make it to the second weekend of the Big Dance. Seeded second in the East Regional, Villanova was soundly outplayed in the second half Saturday night by Shabazz Napier and seventh-seeded Connecticut, and dropped a 77-65 decision.
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March 25, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Villanova did not get a single vote in the Associated Press preseason poll. The Wildcats rose all the way to No. 3 in the same poll. The team's reality was obviously far north of the preseason prediction, but south of No. 3. There are likely no NBA players on the roster. They were simply a group that played about as well as they could have against the schedule they had. They won the Battle 4 Atlantis, dominated the Big 5 as it had never been dominated and won the first regular-season championship in the new Big East.
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