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  1. Comparing Shabazz Napier’s 2014 title run to Kemba Walker’s 2011 title run

    Apr 8, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

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    Comparing the 2014 title run of Shabazz Napier to the 2011 title run of Kemba Walker.

  2. UConn point guard Shabazz Napier wins 2014 Bob Cousy Award

    Apr 6, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Another similarity between Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier.

  3. Abdul Gaddy is the key to Washington’s season

    Nov 18, 2012, 1:42 AM EDT

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    UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Senior point guard Abdul Gaddy had made a career out of being a pretty good point guard for the Washington Huskies. He came of the bench as a freshman, spelling Venoy Overton and Isaiah Thomas. He moved into a starting role as a sophomore, averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 assists before tearing…

  4. The Morning Mix

    Oct 16, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    - Yesterday College Basketball Talk released season preview list of the 15 players with breakout potential in 2012-13. We also published part-2 of the 2012-13 CBT Unified All-Name Team. Trust me, you do not want to go any further until you check it out – In unquestionably the most disgusting piece of news today, the house of…

  5. Shabazz Napier has surgery on his foot

    Sep 10, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    University of Connecticut's Napier fights to get his shot off under pressure in NCAA basketball game in Louisville

    Shabazz Napier was expected by many pundits to have a breakout season in 2011-2012, taking over the role of the primary ball-handler with Kemba Walker headed to the NBA. That, frankly, didn’t happen. While Napier put up some impressive performances against UConn’s cupcakes early in the seasons, he spent the majority of the Big East…

  6. Under Armour Elite 24 features some must-see stars

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

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    The newly re-branded Elite 24 all-star game tips at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday (ESPNU) and is sponsored by Under Armour, having taken the game’s reins from Boost Mobile. The contest is unique in that August is usually a quiet month for high school stars, having been put through a grueling July evaluation period. The…

  7. Jim Calhoun undergoes successful surgery after bike fall Saturday

    Aug 5, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

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    Jim Calhoun was forced to miss his annual alumni game Saturday night after reportedly falling off of his bike and breaking his hip, which required surgery. He successfully underwent that surgery Saturday night, the school announced Sunday, and he is resting comfortably, set to be released from the hospital in the coming days. “He’s just…

  8. Former Memphis Tiger Will Barton signs endorsement deal with Under Armour

    Aug 2, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Former Memphis Tiger Will Barton has signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Under Armour, he announced via his Twitter page Wednesday. Barton, who averaged 18 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this past season for the Tigers on his way to winning Conference USA Player of the Year, was drafted 40th overall by the Portland…

  9. The Ivy League, and a change in how we determine automatic bids?

    May 11, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ian Hummer, Rob Belcore

    Generally speaking, it’s a slow news day when the Ivy League leads off the conversation. In the days of realignment, one-and-done drama and Kobe Bryant‘s upset stomach, news about the athletic programs at Harvard and Princeton is not exactly the kind of thing that shows up on ESPN’s Bottom Line. Having said that, the decision…

  10. As Jim Calhoun celebrates 70th birthday, challenges lie ahead

    May 10, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Jim Calhoun is in a much different position this year, celebrating his 70th birthday Thursday, than he was one year ago, celebrating his 69th. One year ago, Calhoun was coming off a national championship with his Kemba Walker-led Connecticut Huskies, set to return guard Jeremy Lamb for what many were expecting would be a stellar…

  11. Xavier assistant Rasheen Davis leaving to join staff at Manhattan

    Apr 29, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

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    Xavier assistant Rasheen Davis is leaving the Musketeer staff to join Steve Masiello at Manhattan, reports Zach Braziller of the New York Post. NBCSports.com has confirmed the news. Davis was at Xavier for two seasons, having come over from Jamie Dixon’s staff at Pittsburgh, where he worked as a video coordinator. The move to Manhattan…

  12. Alex Oriakhi reportedly to visit Duke, Missouri, UNC, and Kentucky

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Alex Oriakhi is a special case and, because of that, he is a hot prospect on the transfer market. The rising senior transferred from Connecticut a few weeks ago and, because a low APR score currently has the Huskies banned from the 2013 NCAA tournament, Oriakhi is not obligated to sit out a year, as…

  13. Stan Van Gundy, John Calipari weigh in on Kentucky-Charlotte Bobcats ‘debate’

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Charles Barkley opened up a can of worms when he said that the Kentucky Wildcats could beat the Charlotte Bobcats and the Toronto Raptors. Though the quote comes off as being said with a bit of intentional hyperbole, the argument has become a conversation piece and has even prompted a response from Orlando Magic coach…

  14. Kentucky tries to shake ‘The Curse of the Big East Champ’

    Mar 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva and guard Russ Smith hold up the Western Regional Trophy after coming from behind to defeat the Florida Gators in the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix

    For the third consecutive season, the winner of the Big East tournament has made it all the way to the Final Four. In 2010, West Virginia lost to Duke in the national semifinals. In 2011, UConn finished off their incredible March run by winning the national title. And this season, it’s Louisville, who went from…

  15. Lenzelle Smith, Chane Behanan spark Final Four runs

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

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    People are incorrect when they say that it was the play of Kemba Walker that carried UConn from the first day of the Big East tournament to 11 consecutive wins and, eventually, an NCAA Championship. Kemba was sensational, don’t get me wrong. But he was sensational all season long. He went for 42 points in…

  16. The seven (plus one) best bracket tips for casual fans

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb

    Hey-o, it’s Wednesday. How does your bracket look? Time is ticking and, if you haven’t filled out your sheet yet, it’s likely because you’re waiting until the last possible moment to guess your way through the field. If you need a little nudge, maybe some clarity on a few questions you may have, fear not,…

  17. Jim Calhoun: Shabazz Napier ‘is not Kemba Walker’

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK–Let’s stop the noise before it starts. Shabazz Napier is not this year’s Kemba Walker. Following his team’s 71-67 overtime win over West Virginia on Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun wanted to draw a distinction between his 2011 National Championship team and his 2012 squad. “Last year and this…

  18. Dunks, smiles remain best part of Andre Drummond’s game

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Dunks are a majority of Andre Drummond’s game. Literally. The UConn freshman has hit 122 shots this season. Sixty-three have been dunks. When you’re 6-10, 270-pounds, that’s how it goes. But that’s all he’s really been able to do. And, as Kevin Duffy of the Greenwhich Post notes, that’s tough to take for a team…

  19. Shabazz Napier only proving he’s not ready to lead UConn

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Over the last month, UConn has gone from a team with title aspirations to one that is going to have to make a serious rally late in the season if they want to make the NCAA Tournament. That’s what happens when you lose seven out of nine games in league play. The two wins in…

  20. Maybe, just maybe, Calhoun’s leave could be UConn’s turning point

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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    For what feels like the 10th straight season, UConn head coach Jim Calhoun’s health will force him to miss time. Calhoun, who is 70 years old, has a painful condition known as spinal stenosis that was aggravated on UConn’s loss at Georgetown this week. This isn’t something new, either. Calhoun strongly considered getting surgery when…

  21. OK, what joker tapped John Jenkins as player of the year?

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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    The shortlist for college hoops player of the year revolves around a handful of guys, but apparently these are the ones to beat: Thomas Robinson (Kansas), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) and Doug McDermott (Creighton). That’s from a straw poll of award voters conducted by Michael Rothstein, who’s now in his fourth season of doing this.…

  22. Losses a rare twofer for UConn men and women

    Jan 8, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Saturday’s healthy slate of games saw four Top 15 teams lose, a 4-overtime game, a triple-double and a donut from Xavier’s Tu Holloway. But one of the oddest sights? The Connecticut men and women lost. The last time that happened was Jan. 6, 2007 when the men fell at LSU and the women lost to…

  23. Seton Hall cannot rest on their win over UConn

    Jan 4, 2012, 2:03 AM EDT

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    Andre Drummond didn’t know who Herb Pope was prior to No. 8 UConn’s trip to Seton Hall, but the name he most likely learned during the Pirate’s 75-63 win on Tuesday was that of Jordan Theodore. The Pirate point guard was sensational as Seton Hall won their first game against UConn in 3,958 days, finishing…

  24. Kentucky grinds out an impressive win over Louisville

    Dec 31, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s performance against Louisville on Saturday afternoon was undeniable. He had 24 points on the night, 18 of them coming in the first half as Kentucky built a 15 point lead. He also added 19 rebounds, with 10 of those coming in the second half as Kentucky forced Louisville into miss after miss, pulling…