Connecticut Huskies associate coach Chris Dailey reacts during Senior Day before the start of the game against the Tulane Green Wave at Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies associate coach Chris Dailey reacts during Senior Day before the start of the game against the Tulane Green Wave at Gampel Pavilion. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

STORRS, Conn. -- The Geno Auriemma-coached 2000 United States U-18 national team was scrimmaging at Colorado College when Duke University-bound Alana Beard finished a stunning drive to the basket.

Auriemma blew his whistle and turned to where his assistant at the University of Connecticut, Chris Dailey, and Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and her assistant, Mickie DeMoss, were seated in the small gym. They were watching as Team USA's roster included UConn-bound Diana Taurasi and Ashley Battle, and Tennessee-bound Ashley Robinson and Loree Moore.

He then looked over to Summitt and said: "Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss should be fired for not recruiting Alana Beard." Summitt nodded her head in agreement. They didn't get fired, though DeMoss did move on to other jobs. But this June they'll be together again in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dailey, the Huskies' associate head coach, is one of seven people who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2018, it was announced Monday night. She will be the fifth UConn representative in the WBHOF joining Auriemma (Class of 2006) and former players Rebecca Lobo (Class of 2010), Jennifer Rizzotti (Class of 2013) and Kara Wolters (Class of 2017).

"I was hoping it would happen, but you never know because there are some great people on that list," Auriemma said. "There would be some great people that would be left off. But, obviously, she deserves it, in my mind. It's long overdue. The fact that no assistant coaches have been inducted before and the fact that her and Mickie DeMoss are going in the same year, you knew that it wouldn't be one or the other. It would be both or neither and I'm thrilled for both of them.

"I don't know if the term 'assistant coach' does CD justice, given the role that she's played in our program. I'm thrilled for her. I know that her mom and dad are looking down on her and it and nobody's more proud of her than her dad, that's for sure. I can't wait till the ceremony in June."

Rounding out the Class of 2018 are DeMoss (who is now an assistant at LSU), former University of Colorado coach Ceal Barry, former college and high school coach Rose Marie Battaglia and former NCAA/WNBA standouts and Olympic gold medalists Chamique Holdsclaw, Katie Smith and Tina Thompson.

The WBHOF Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining who will be inducted.

"I've thought for years that CD's induction was long overdue," Lobo said. "She has been a constant in recruiting, building the program, and sustaining its success. There is a reason that former players talk about 'Coach and CD' as if they are one entity. They are the reason high school players come to UConn. They are the reason the team wins. They are the reason players stay attached to the program after graduation."

Dailey, a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was an All-State player at St. Peter's High in New Brunswick, and went on to play for four years for coach Theresa Grentz at Rutgers. She was the Scarlet Knights' captain as a junior and senior and helped Rutgers to the final AIAW national championship in 1982.

She started her coaching career as an assistant at Cornell and then returned to her alma mater as an assistant to Grentz for two years. The first thing Auriemma did when he got the UConn job in May 1985 was hire Dailey, and they've been a team since.

"My first impression of her was the fact that she is so attentive to details and taking care of little things," UConn All-American Napheesa Collier said. "I had never seen that in a coach before, or anyone really. Immediately, I really appreciated it. And still, after all these years that she has been here, is attentive to all those things.

"It's hard to put into words because she means so much to us as players and to this program as a whole. She is the person that gets everything going. She is the person, along with Coach Auriemma, that makes UConn so good. CD is the one that keeps us in line with her attention to detail that the outside world does not even know about. She's the reason we are the way we are, and that's successful."

Since Auriemma and Dailey arrived here, UConn has won 11 national championships, 23 conference regular season titles and 22 conference tournament crowns. The Huskies have made 18 NCAA Final Four appearances, including the last 10 in a row. They have reached the Sweet 16 the last 24 years and have a run of 29 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. The Huskies' record heading into Monday night's game against No. 4 Louisville: 1,015-135, with win No. 1,000 coming on Dec. 19 against Oklahoma.

Dailey coached UConn to the 1989 Big East tournament title -- the program's first -- as Auriemma served a suspension due to a scheduling error, and the 1997 Big East tournament crown after the death of Auriemma's father, Donato.

Among the personal honors she's been given is the WNBA Connecticut Sun's 2017 Margo Dydek Award, which is presented to the Woman of Inspiration for the year.

The difference that Dailey has made, Auriemma said, is immeasurable.

"It's the way we rely on her for a certain stability and attentiveness to certain things that might otherwise get overlooked," he said. "There is never anything in this program that gets overlooked. To me, that takes a special kind of person to think ahead and have everything covered even before they actually happen. Most of us are reactionary types. She is able to anticipate, 'This is what's going on, this is what will happen, and this is what we need to do and when to do it.' Our players have a certain comfort level that they know there's nothing that will happen that we haven't already prepared for. That to be go ways beyond Xs and Os and recruiting."

The Class of 2018 is the 20th that the WBHOF will honor and the induction ceremony is set for June 9.

Poll position

UConn kept its spot as the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll, receiving all 32 first-place votes. The poll was released Monday afternoon, prior to the Huskies' showdown with Louisville at Gampel Pavilion.

The top six remained the same, as the Huskies were followed by unbeaten Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and Texas. UCLA moved up one spot to seventh and South Carolina fell one spot to eighth. Oregon and Maryland rounded out the top 10 as they did a week ago.

South Florida, out of the American Athletic Conference, re-entered the top 25 at No. 22 thanks to an 84-65 rout of then-No. 13 Ohio State at the Sun Dome on Sunday. The other newcomer was Belmont, which entered at No. 24. It marks the first time in the Bruins' NCAA Division I era that any program has earned a national ranking. Belmont (24-3) has won 15 in a row and has won 39 consecutive Ohio Valley Conference games, the second-longest streak in league play in the nation to UConn's 94.

"This is a significant moment in the history of our program, and speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment of players past and present," Belmont coach Bart Brooks said. "I could not be prouder of our team, for given the amount of adversity we have faced this season, we have continued to support each other and remain accountable each day in practice."

TCU and Arizona State dropped out of the top 25.

Honor rolls

UConn seniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams and juniors Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson are among 30 candidates for the Naismith Trophy as Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday.

No other school had as many as three players listed. Louisville, Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA had two candidates each. The Pac-12 had seven players listed followed by the Southeastern Conference with six.

Ten semifinalists will be announced on Feb. 26, with four finalists revealed on March 14. The Naismith Trophy winner will be introduced on March 31.

Also Monday, Samuelson was named to the AAC weekly honor roll. The All-American and 2017 AAC Co-Player of the Year averaged 20.5 points on 61.9 percent shooting from the floor, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in the Huskies' league wins over Central Florida and Wichita State.

USF junior Kitija Laksa was chosen the AAC Player of the Week. She had 25 points in a win over East Carolina last Wednesday then tied the AAC single-game record with a career-high 41 points in the Bulls' rout of Ohio State. Cincinnati forward Iimar'i Thomas was named the AAC Freshman of the Week for the fifth time, as she averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Bearcats' wins over Wichita State and Tulane.

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Feb 11, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) drives the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks guard Destanni Henderson (3) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Feb 11, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) drives the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks guard Destanni Henderson (3) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS -- Plenty has been made over this year's UConn women's basketball team possibly not being weaker than some in the past. But one advantage this year's squad has over last season's? Health.

As the 2017-18 season wore on, more and more Huskies found themselves limited with injuries. Katie Lou Samuelson hurt her left ankle in the home opener, and played with the injury all year before having an operation in the offseason. Crystal Dangerfield dealt with shin splints for much of the second half of the season that frequently kept her out of practice. Migraine issues hampered Gabby Williams. Batouly Camara never seemed to recover from a preseason knee injury. Mikayla Coombs sat out the NCAA Tournament because of a pulmonary embolism.

It's a long list of injuries, one that looks even longer when compared to this season's bill of health.

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Napheesa Collier scored 18 points and Christyn Williams added 12 as UConn dominated a chippy UCF team, 78-41

Naphessa Collier had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to help No. 4 UConn rout UCF 78-41 on Sunday.

She led five Huskies in double figures, including Christyn Williams who had all 12 of her points in the second half.

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Jan 19, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) shoots against the Tulane Green Wave in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 19, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) shoots against the Tulane Green Wave in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

If losing star guard Jalen Adams for 4-6 weeks wasn't enough, head coach Dan Hurley has also been unable to deploy G Alterique Gilbertwho missed his fifth game in a row in Thursday night's loss to No. 9-ranked Houston. 

Gilbert has been out nearly three weeks now with a sore left shoulder that came after a collision during the Huskies' win over Wichita State on Jan. 26. And, of course, it had to be the same shoulder that Gilbert has had surgery on twice in his freshman and sophomore seasons at UConn. 

So, naturally, that type of injury would cause a player -- along with coaches and staff -- to be extra careful about rushing back onto the court. And while Gilbert has been sitting stagnant on the pine, he had to watch Adams, who is a senior, go down when the team needed him most. 

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Feb 14, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Houston Cougars forward Cedrick Alley Jr. (23) drives the ball against Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) in the second half at XL Center. Houston defeated UConn 71-63. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Feb 14, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Houston Cougars forward Cedrick Alley Jr. (23) drives the ball against Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) in the second half at XL Center. Houston defeated UConn 71-63. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Houston guard DeJon Jarreau believes he's gotten his basketball career back on track and expects to be a factor as the Cougars make a run at a conference title and perhaps something bigger.

The sophomore transfer from Massachusetts had 18 points and seven assists to help No. 9 Houston beat UConn 71-63 on Thursday night for its ninth straight victory.

Armoni Brooks added 12 points for the Cougars (24-1, 11-1 American Athletic Conference). They opened the second half with a 17-4 run to take control.

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Geno inspired by Mickey Donovan? 00:01:52
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma tells a story about how a quick conversation with Jon Voight at the Dulles airport had tremendous impact.

Worn out from all the chatter -- the "nonsense," as Geno Auriemma puts it -- surrounding his UConn women's basketball team, Auriemma says a random meeting with actor Jon Voight at Dulles airport gave Auriemma perspective.

Auriemma appreciated the brief, cordial exchange he had with the man who portrays Mickey Donovan on Showtime's "Ray Donovan," a chat that has Auriemma more upbeat with his 22-2 team entering the final stage of the regular season.

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Connecticut Huskies guard Christyn Williams dribbles in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. (Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard Christyn Williams dribbles in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. (Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports)

HARTFORD -- Christyn Williams looked like she was going to be different than most freshman. Not only did she step into a starting role with UConn women's basketball from day one, Williams thrived early in her career, scoring in double-figures in 10 of her first 14 games, including a breakout 28-point performance against Notre Dame. Williams seemed like she was going to be above the typical struggles that plague many of the Huskies' freshmen.

Then Williams ran head-first into the dreaded "freshman wall".

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Napheesa Collier and UConn used a strong second half to turn their final nonconference game into a rout.

Collier had 31 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and the fourth-ranked Huskies beat 11th-ranked South Carolina 97-79 on Monday night.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 29 points for the Huskies (22-2), who blew open a close game with a huge third quarter in which they outscored the Gamecocks 29-12. Samuelson scored 14 points in the game-changing period. Collier added eight as the two seniors continued to carry UConn.

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Memphis Tigers forward Kyvon Davenport moves to the basket against Connecticut Huskies forward Tyler Polley during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)
Memphis Tigers forward Kyvon Davenport moves to the basket against Connecticut Huskies forward Tyler Polley during the first half at FedExForum. (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyvon Davenport scored 26 points, Tyler Harris and Jeremiah Martin added 12 each and Memphis held off a late push to defeat UConn 78-71 on Sunday.

Tyler Polley led the Huskies (13-11, 4-7 American Athletic Conference) with 20 points, while Sidney Wilson finished with 16. Christian Vital and Tarin Smith added 13 apiece for UConn, which lost its second straight and third in the last four.

The Huskies were playing their first game since leading-scorer Jalen Adams (17 points per game) suffered a left knee injury that will keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks.

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Napheesa Collier poured home 30 points as UConn eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second game in a row, beating Temple 109-74

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Napheesa Collier tied a season-high with 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Saturday, leading No. 5 UConn to a 109-74 rout of Temple.

Collier, who had 30 points in a win over the Owls last month, recorded her 12th double-double of the season and 36th of her career. She hit 12 of her 16 shots, dished out six assists and blocked three shots.

Crystal Dangerfield added 22 points and nine assists for UConn (21-2, 10-0 American), which tuned up for Monday's meeting with No. 12 South Carolina by shooting 63 percent and breaking the 100-point barrier for a second straight game. >> Read more

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Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams reacts after a break in the action against the UCF Knights in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams reacts after a break in the action against the UCF Knights in the second half at XL Center. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

UConn men's basketball star guard Jalen Adams will be out 4-6 weeks with a Grade-2+ MCL sprain, the school announced on Friday.

If Adams can recover in four weeks, that would mean he could return for the final week of the regular season. Should it take six weeks, he wouldn't be back until after the American Athletic Conference tournament.

Adams injured the knee in Tuesday's loss to Temple when an opposing player dove into his left leg chasing a loose ball. Adams needed to be helped off the court.

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson dribbles against Louisville Cardinals guard Mykasa Robinson during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson dribbles against Louisville Cardinals guard Mykasa Robinson during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Despite falling to its lowest ranking the AP Poll since 2007 this week, the No. 5 UConn women's basketball team insisted ahead of its game vs. the East Carolina Pirates that it didn't look or care about its ranking. But Wednesday night at XL Center, the Huskies played like they had something to prove.

UConn reached triple digits for the first time this season, smoking ECU 118-55, thanks to a total effort from its squad and Katie Lou Samuelson's game-high 31 points.

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UConn cruises vs. ECU, 118-55 00:01:08
The Huskies were never in trouble Wednesday night against ECU. With the victory, UConn secured its 26th consecutive 20-win season.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) All-American Katie Lou Samuelson broke out of her shooting slump, scoring a season-high 31 points to lead No. 5 UConn over East Carolina 118-55 on Wednesday night.

Napheesa Collier hit all 10 of her shots and added 21 points for the Huskies (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic Conference), who reached 20 wins for the 26th straight season.

Christyn Williams scored 15 points, Megan Walker 14, and Crystal Dangerfield had 12 points and 12 assists...

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Feb 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) holds his leg after an injury during the first half against the Temple Owls at Liacouras Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Feb 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) holds his leg after an injury during the first half against the Temple Owls at Liacouras Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

UConn men's basketball fell to Temple 81-63 on Wednesday night, but the Huskies may have gotten an even bigger loss when senior guard Jalen Adams left the game with a knee injury, later diagnosed to be a sprained MCL. He will undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

The knock happened when Temple's J.P. Moorman dove into Adams' left leg going after a loose ball. Adams needed to be helped off the floor and did not return.

With only a month left in the regular season, Adams will likely miss much of the remaining schedule since even mild MCL sprains take weeks to heal. From there, UConn will need to hope he can return before the start of the AAC Tournament on March 14.

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Feb 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Temple Owls forward Justyn Hamilton (21) works the ball against Connecticut Huskies forward Josh Carlton (25) during the first half at Liacouras Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Feb 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Temple Owls forward Justyn Hamilton (21) works the ball against Connecticut Huskies forward Josh Carlton (25) during the first half at Liacouras Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

This was a night the Huskies men's basketball team may wish to forget.

Not only did UConn fall on the road to the Temple Owls 81-63, but they may have lost star guard Jalen Adams for some time after he suffered an apparent leg injury in the first half.

Going after a loose ball, Adams leg got caught under an Owls player, and he was in serious pain on the hardwood. He needed help off the floor, as he limped his way to the locker room. He finished the night with two points. 

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Josh Carlton's career day of 20 points and 16 rebounds led the UConn Huskies to a 76-52 win over East Carolina on Sunday at the XL Center.

Josh Carlton had his best night in a Connecticut uniform, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to lead the Huskies to a 76-52 win over East Carolina Sunday.

Christian Vital added 18 points and seven boards for UConn (13-9, 4-5 American Athletic Conference), which outrebounded ECU 44-25.

K.J. Davis had 13 points to lead East Carolina (9-12, 2-7), which shot just 33 percent from the floor.

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Geno pans 'lousy' offense in win 00:00:59
UConn coach Geno Auriemma expressed his displeasure with the Huskies offense despite the team's win over Cincinnati.

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma is not letting his team off the hook on this one. 

Following a 65-55 win over Cincinnati on Saturday, the head coach of the No. 2 ranked women's team was not pleased with how his team played in victory, particularly with the offense. 

SNY's Justine Ward asked Auriemma how he thought the offense looked in the second half. 

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UConn gets by Cincinnati, 65-55 00:01:19
Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield led a struggling UConn offense to a 65-55 win over Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) Napheesa Collier scored 20 points to reach 2,000 in her career, and No. 2 UConn struggled as it moved past its loss at Louisville, holding on to beat Cincinnati 65-55 on Saturday.

Collier became the fifth Husky to have 2,000 career points along with 1,000 rebounds, reaching the mark with a layup late in the third quarter . She got her 1,000th rebound during a loss on Thursday at No. 3 Louisville.

The Huskies (19-2, 8-0 American Athletic) called a timeout after Nikira Goings' 3-pointer cut their lead to 59-51 with 4:54 to go. Collier had a steal and a three-point play to keep Cincinnati at arm's length.

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UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma sits and shares stories with his former star player Jamelle Elliott from their 1995 title.

UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma and his former star player Jamelle Elliott share a lunch together to reminisce about their 1995 title. 

Elliott played for Auriemma from 1992-96 as the Huskies forward. The head coach and star athlete discuss rigorous workouts, national championships and more.

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Highlights of UConn women losing their second game of the season to Louisville on the road.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Asia Durr's first basket was just a matter of time and the right look. When it came from long range, two more soon followed to spark No. 3 Louisville past No. 2 UConn.

Most important for the Cardinals, they didn't let up on the Huskies. That sparked a long-sought victory against the dominant team in women's college basketball, and a long, loud celebration between Louisville players and their fans.

Durr scored 14 of her 24 points in the second quarter, Dana Evans added 20 points and Louisville held UConn to 38 percent shooting in a 78-69 victory Thursday night.

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Jan 5, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Josh Carlton (25), guard Jalen Adams (4) and guard Alterique Gilbert (3) work for the ball against UCF Knights forward Collin Smith (35) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 5, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Josh Carlton (25), guard Jalen Adams (4) and guard Alterique Gilbert (3) work for the ball against UCF Knights forward Collin Smith (35) in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) B.J. Taylor led the way with 21 points Thursday night, but it was UCF's relentless effort that won the day, including a clutch 3-point bucket from Aubrey Dawkins with 1:37 left that resulted in a 73-67 victory over UConn.

Colin Smith added 11 points and reserve Ceasar DeJesus scored 11 as the Knights' bench outscored their counterparts 23-4.

UCF (16-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) had a stranglehold on the opponents' basket for most of the game until UConn began heating up. The Huskies nailed 6 of 12 from 3-point range and shot 53 percent from the field in the second half.

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Jan 26, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) lays on the floor with an apparent injury in the second half against the Wichita State Shockers at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Wichita State 80-60. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 26, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Alterique Gilbert (3) lays on the floor with an apparent injury in the second half against the Wichita State Shockers at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Wichita State 80-60. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

UConn men's basketball PG Alterique Gilbert will miss tonight's game against UCF due to left shoulder soreness, the school announced.

The injury occured last game versus Wichita State when Gilbert ran into a screen. He went down on the floor and stayed down before going to the bench and the locker room with team trainer James Doran. Gilbert did return to the bench later with an ice pack on his shoulder.

Without Gilbert, Tarin Smith is expected to slide into the starting lineup. After Gilbert left the game against Wichita State, Christian Vital brought the ball up most often, though Jalen Adams, Smith and Vital will likely split those duties against UCF. Since Gilbert hasn't practiced all week, the Huskies should be prepared to handle the absence.

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Four UConn starters scored in double figures in a 93-57 rout of Central Florida at the XL Center

Napheesa Collier led a balanced attack with 23 points, and No. 3 UConn routed UCF 93-57 on Sunday to move into sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference.

Collier, Megan Walker (21 points), Crystal Dangerfield (17) and Katie Lou Samuelson (15) were all in double figures before halftime for the Huskies (18-1, 7-0).

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Jan 26, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) shoots against Wichita State Shockers guard Erik Stevenson (10) in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 26, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Christian Vital (1) shoots against Wichita State Shockers guard Erik Stevenson (10) in the first half at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Christian Vital scored 21 points and Jalen Adams added 19 points and 12 rebounds as UConn beat Wichita State 80-60 on Saturday night in the American Athletic Conference.

Tyler Polley added 12 points and Josh Carlton 11 and four blocks for the Huskies (12-8, 3-4 American), who have won two straight games for the first time since mid-December.

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Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma speaks during a press conference before a regional semifinal game against Duke in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Friday, March 23, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma speaks during a press conference before a regional semifinal game against Duke in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Friday, March 23, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

STORRS - Geno Auriemma isn't all that concerned about March right now. Not that it's not important. When you've won as often as UConn women's basketball has, the overall success of a season is determined by what happens in March, but Auriemma has bigger things to worry about right now.

"There's too many things we have to work on short-term to think about where we're going to be long-term," he said.

This is different from the past five seasons where the UConn team that showed up for the preseason was pretty much the same once March came around. There weren't a whole lot of questions that still needed to be answered at this point in the season...

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SNY's Justine Ward talks to Dr. Robert Arciero about youth sports and preventing injuries, presented by UConn Health.

During UConn's win over SMU on Wednesday, SNY's Justine Ward talked to Dr. Robert Arciero about youth sports and preventing injuries, presented by UConn Health.

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UConn easily beats SMU 79-39 00:01:53
The Huskies never had a worry as they beat SMU 79-39 behind good defense and transition basketball.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- No. 3 UConn has been working in practice on its pressure defense, hoping to force a few more turnovers and get a few more baskets in transition.

That practice paid off Wednesday night.

Napheesa Collier scored 22 points and Katie Lou Samuelson added 21 to lead the Huskies to a 79-39 rout of SMU, the team's 107th straight victory over an American Athletic Conference opponent.

 

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Nov 20, 2018; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) reacts with guard Christian Vital (1) after a play against the Cornell Big Red in the second half at XL Center. UConn defeated Cornell 91-74. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 20, 2018; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) reacts with guard Christian Vital (1) after a play against the Cornell Big Red in the second half at XL Center. UConn defeated Cornell 91-74. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Jalen Adams scored a season-high 31 points and UConn beat Tulane 87-71 on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference.

Josh Carlton and Christian Vital each added 18 points for the Huskies (11-8, 2-4), who snapped a two-game losing skid. Vital reached 1,000 points for his career with a 3-point shot in the first half.

Caleb Daniels had 21 points for Tulane (4-13, 0-5) which has lost seven straight and eight of nine. Samir Sehic and Blake Paul each added 13 points for the Green Wave.

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UConn beats Temple, 88-67 00:01:41
Napheesa Collier led UConn to a 88-67 win over Temple on Saturday, as the Huskies improved to 16-1 on the season.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Napheesa Collier had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds and Crystal Dangerfield set a career high with 26 points to lead No. 2 UConn to an 88-67 victory over Temple on Saturday.

The game originally was scheduled for Sunday but pushed up a day due to the forecasted winter storm for the Northeast.

The Huskies (16-1, 5-0 American) have won five in a row since their lone loss, 68-57 at Baylor on Jan. 3. UConn remained undefeated in league play since joining the American Athletic Conference, improving to 106-0.

 

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Jan 12, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats guards Justin Jenifer (right) and Cane Broome (left) react during the second half against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Jan 12, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats guards Justin Jenifer (right) and Cane Broome (left) react during the second half against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

STORRS, Conn. -- Sid Wilson is a game-time decision for UConn men's basketball's game against Tulane on Saturday, head coach Dan Hurley said after practice on Friday. The redshirt freshman forward has missed the last two days of practice with ankle and thumb injuries.

Wilson has seen action in 12 games this season, all off the bench, averaging 14.8 minutes per game. After missing the first six games of the year due to a suspension, Wilson has struggled to find a rhythm on offense, averaging just 3.1 points per game while only hitting 2-12 three-pointers. However, he has been strong defensively, blocking 13 shots and grabbing 2.8 rebounds per game. If Wilson can't go, Isaiah Whaley will likely see an increase in minutes, according to Hurley.

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during a game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.  (Jeffrey Becker - USA Today )
Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during a game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Jeffrey Becker - USA Today )

The University of Connecticut announced self-imposing penalties Friday for violations of NCAA rules under former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

The sanctions include the loss of one scholarship for the 2019-20 season, from 13 permissible grants-in-aid to 12. The school said it also will enforce a one-week ban on unofficial visits, while reducing by one the number of official visits. UConn will enforce a one-week ban on recruiting communications and cut the number of recruiting days this year from 130 to 126. The school will also pay a $5,000 fine.

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Jan 12, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Jan 12, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Nothing about playing at the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes' home arena, the Reynolds Center, stands out. Tulsa is never particularly good, with just one NCAA Tournament appearance -- in which they were one of the last four teams in -- since joining the American.

The crowd isn't usually that big when UConn men's basketball comes in, the largest being 6,092 (8,355 is the capacity) back in the 2014-15 season -- their first season in the conference. The past two years, there have been fewer than 4,000 in attendance.

But for some reason, UConn can't seem to buy a win in that arena, as Wednesday night's loss dropped the Huskies to 0-5 in the Reynolds' Center. But on top of the losses, strange things happen to UConn when they play in Tulsa...

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UConn men lose to Tulsa 89-83 00:00:40
UConn men's basketball loses their second straight game and drops one in Tulsa to the Golden Hurricane 89-83.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The coaches weren't around to see all of it, but reserve Jeriah Horne scored a career high 27 points and Tulsa defeated UConn 89-83 Wednesday night, snapping a two-game conference losing streak.

Both Tulsa coach Frank Haith and UConn coach Dan Hurley were ejected with 11:40 to play in the second half and Tulsa leading 61-47. Haith protested a foul call against his forward DaQuan Jeffries and Hurley began yelling at Haith. The two exchanged words and officials assessed both two technicals before play resumed.

Both coaches said they felt the officiating crew overreacted to what Haith called "a competitive discussion." Hurley said he wanted to let Haith know that his team hadn't been getting the call on similar fouls to the one whistled on Jeffries. He said that it escalated to the ejections was "embarrassing for me, for the university and the conference and shouldn't have happened. >> Read More

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Geno Auriemma on win over Tulane 00:01:49
UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma liked how team played defensively but pinpoints how they didn't shoot well against Tulane.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Megan Walker has been playing well this past month.

On Wednesday night, she single-handedly outscored Tulane by a point in No. 2 UConn's 75-33 rout. Walker scored a career-best 34 points in the easy victory.

"I think since we got back from Christmas, Megan has had a different approach to the game," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Her effort is different. Her intensity level is different. Just her whole mannerisms are different. It's obviously showed up in the way she's played in games. These are the kind of games where you just need one person to step up because everyone else is struggling to make any kind of shot. Today, it was her." Read More

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Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley is embraced by guard Christian Vital (1) and guard Jalen Adams (4) after being ejected from a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley is embraced by guard Christian Vital (1) and guard Jalen Adams (4) after being ejected from a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Hours after a tough two-point loss at Cincinnati on Saturday night, UConn head coach Dan Hurley and assistant Kimani Young arrived at a high school event in The Bronx to survey the future of the program.

Jalen Gaffney and James Bouknight, two Class of 2019 guards who have signed with UConn, both played -- and played well -- at the Empire Invitational at Mount Saint Michael Academy.

Gaffney, a 6-foot-2 point guard, took home game MVP honors after going for 26 points and 4 assists as the Westtown (PA) School beat Brewster Academy (N.H.), 79-72, in a heavyweight battle of Northeast powerhouses. 

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Samuelson leads UConn to win 00:01:38
Katie Lou Samuelson led UConn with 19 points as the Huskies defeated South Florida, 63-46, at Gampel Pavilion.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points to reach the 2,000-point milestone and No. 3 UConn overcame a sluggish start to beat South Florida 63-46 on Sunday.

Megan Walker added 14 points and Napheesa Collier had 12 for the Huskies (14-1, 3-0 American), who have never suffered a conference loss in the AAC.

Samuelson is the 10th UConn player to reach 2,000 points...

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UConn falls in OT, 74-72 00:00:50
Dan Hurley's UConn Huskies rallied to tie the Cincinnati Bearcats to force OT, but fell in the extra session on Saturday for a 74-72 loss.

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bearcats rallied to get an overtime win for the second time in three days, a feat so rare that they hadn't done it in 52 years. And none of them was happy about it.

Jarron Cumberland scored 22 points, and Justin Jenifer hit a pivotal 3-pointer in overtime Saturday night as Cincinnati blew an 11-point lead in regulation before rallying to a 74-72 victory , the Bearcats' sixth in a row over UConn.

The Bearcats also went overtime for a 70-65 win at Tulsa on Thursday night. Cincinnati (14-3, 3-1 American Athletic) hadn't won back-to-back overtime games since the 1966-67 season. >> Read More

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Samuelson reacts to UConn win 00:01:09
Katie Lou Samuelson led all scorers with 23 points in UConn's easy win over Cincinnati. She breaks down her squad's strong performance.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn still has a few active winning streaks.

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Wednesday night as the No. 3 Huskies routed Cincinnati 82-38 to remain unbeaten in league play since the formation of the American Athletic Conference.

Freshman Christyn Williams scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half and Crystal Dangerfield added 11 points and 10 assists. Napheesa Collier scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Huskies (13-1, 2-0 American), who spent a month on the road before being able to notch their 83rd straight home win. >> Read More

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Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) (Rich Barnes)
Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) (Rich Barnes)

HOUSTON (AP) Following the first regular season loss in more than four years, UConn coach Geno Auriemma didn't know how his team was going to react.

The Huskies came out with energy en route to a convincing win on Sunday.

Katie Lou Samuelson had 19 points, Napheesa Collier added 18 points and the top-ranked UConn Huskies rebounded from a rare regular-season loss with an 81-61 win over Houston. >> Read More

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UConn falls to UCF, 65-53 00:00:49
Dan Hurley's UConn Huskies couldn't overcome turnovers in a 65-53 loss to UCF, dropping UConn to 0-2 in conference play.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Aubrey Dawkins scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half to lead UCF to its sixth straight win, a 65-53 victory over UConn on Saturday.

B.J. Taylor added 12 points for the Knights (12-2, 2-0 American), who won on the Huskies home floor for the first time in program history.

Alterique Gilbert had 18 points and Christian Vital 15 for UConn (9-6, 0-2), which lost its third straight game.

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No. 1 UConn women lose in Waco 00:00:39
The No. 1 UConn women's basketball team was upset by No. 8 Baylor on the road and had their 126-game regular-season win streak finally end.

WACO, Texas (AP) Geno Auriemma knew that top-ranked UConn couldn't keep winning every regular-season game it played, even though the Huskies had won 126 in a row.

That winning streak of more than four years ended with a 68-57 loss Thursday night at No. 8 Baylor, which won against a No. 1 team for the first time.

"What is disappointing for me, not that we lost. How long did you think you were going to win every game in the regular season, 10 years?," Auriemma said. "So I'm not surprised that we lost, but it was disappointing that we struggled so much on the offensive end."

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Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) UConn coach Dan Hurley saw the Huskies go from a big lead to another second-half meltdown.

Laquincy Rideau had 25 points, David Collins overcame foul trouble to add 17 key second-half points, and South Florida battled back from a double-digit deficit to beat UConn 76-68 Wednesday night in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

The Huskies (9-5) were looking to rebound after an 81-58 loss to defending national champion Villanova on Dec. 22. UConn led in that game 36-35 with 17 minutes left.

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Dec 2, 2018; South Bend, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Megan Walker (3) shoots in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Cashore)
Dec 2, 2018; South Bend, IN, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Megan Walker (3) shoots in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Cashore)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Geno Auriemma expects this UConn team to be regularly tested this season, and the top-ranked Huskies certainly had to earn their two road victories in a four-day span.

"This is how the majority of the world lives," UConn's coach said of playing tough games out of town. "It's not bad living in the real world."

Katie Lou Samuelson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 UConn held off a late rally from 14th-ranked and previously unbeaten California in a 76-66 win Saturday.

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Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Tarin Smith (2) drives to the basket as Villanova Wildcats forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Tarin Smith (2) drives to the basket as Villanova Wildcats forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (21) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Christian Vital scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds as UConn shook off a slow start to beat Manhattan 61-46 on Saturday night.

Alterique Gilbert added 12 points and Josh Carlton had 11 for the Huskies (8-3).

Freshman Warren Williams had 10 points to lead the Jaspers (2-8), who have lost five straight since beating UNC Ashville on Nov. 18. >> Read more

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Nov 24, 2018; East Hartford, CT, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 24, 2018; East Hartford, CT, USA; Temple Owls running back Ryquell Armstead (7) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

UConn football head coach Randy Edsall shook up his coaching staff on Friday morning. 

Edsall announced that defensive coordinator Billy Crocker, defensive backs caoch Curome Cox, director of football strength and conditioning Eric Klein and assistant strength and conditioning coach J.D. Mehlhorn will not be retained. 

UConn is coming off a 1-11 season where they allowed a NCAA Division I record-breaking average of 50.42 points per game and 617.4 yards per game. 

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Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 11, 2018; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson (33) and teammates react after a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at Gampel Pavilion. UConn defeated Ohio State 85-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Napheesa Collier had 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and No. 1 Connecticut overcame a 12-point, second-half deficit to beat Oklahoma 72-63 on Wednesday night.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Huskies (10-0) win their 125th consecutive regular-season game and 57th straight nonconference regular-season game.

Taylor Robertson scored 23 points, and Shaina Pellington added 16 for Oklahoma (3-7). The Sooners led for 31 minutes.

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Adams happy after bouncing back 00:01:04
Jalen Adams scored 20 points in UConn's 97-65 win over Drexel. Villanova is a tough opponent as the Huskies' next opponent.

UConn guard Jalen Adams rebounded from a tough game against Manhattan by scoring 20 points in a 97-65 victory over Drexel on Tuesday. 

Adams and UConn have a tough challenge ahead when they play defending national champion Villanova on Saturday. 

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UConn breezes past Drexel, 97-65 00:01:48
Jalen Adams rebounded after only scoring two points in his last game, leading the Huskies to a 97-65 win against Drexel.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jalen Adams and Tarin Smith scored 20 points apiece to lead UConn over Drexel 97-65 Tuesday in nonconference play at the XL Center.

Adams shot 8 for 12 from the field, bouncing back from a season-low two points on Saturday against Manhattan. Smith hit all seven of his shots as UConn (10-3) had four players finish in double-figure scoring. Christian Vital finished with 17 points and six rebounds, while Alterique Gilbert scored 10.

It's the sixth time this season UConn has scored more than 90 points. >> Read more

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Dan Hurley pleased after win 00:01:35
The Huskies came out with a strong second half to beat Manhattan 61-46 leaving head coach Dan Hurley happy after the game.

UConn coach Dan Hurley was pleased with his team's win over Manhattan on Saturday.

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UConn tops Manhattan 61-46 00:01:49
The Huskies were back in action and held Manhattan to a season-low 46 points in the win.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Christian Vital scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds as UConn shook off a slow start to beat Manhattan 61-46 on Saturday night.

Alterique Gilbert added 12 points and Josh Carlton had 11 for the Huskies (8-3).

Freshman Warren Williams had 10 points to lead the Jaspers (2-8), who have lost five straight since beating UNC Ashville on Nov. 18. >> Read more

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