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Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks on against the Tulane Green Wave during the first half at Devlin Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma looks on against the Tulane Green Wave during the first half at Devlin Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

Top-seeded UConn looks to advance to its 12th consecutive NCAA Elite Eight Saturday when it takes on No. 4 UCLA in a Bridgeport Regional semifinal game at sold-out Webster Bank Arena.

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Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Rodney Purvis scored a career-high 30 points and UConn beat South Florida 77-66 on Thursday night in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Amida Brimah added 13 points and Christian Vital had 11 for the Huskies (15-16), who snapped a four-game losing streak.

UConn led by 13 points at halftime and 15 after a Brimah dunk to open the second half. >> Read more

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UConn (2-2, 0-1 American) heads to Houston on the heels of a 31-24 loss at home to Syracuse on Sept. 24th. Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
UConn (2-2, 0-1 American) heads to Houston on the heels of a 31-24 loss at home to Syracuse on Sept. 24th. Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

HOUSTON -- Players and coaches for sixth-ranked Houston might not use the exact phrase to describe Thursday's contest against UConn at TDECU Stadium.

Whether classified as a "revenge game" publicly or not, expect the Cougars to be looking for a little payback against the only team to beat them in 2015 while they're the focus of college football's national spotlight.

The Cougars (4-0, 1-0 in the American Athletic Conference) were denied a perfect season last year when UConn posted a 20-17 home victory on Nov. 15 when Houston was No. 13 in the country. The Cougars went on to win the AAC Championship game over Temple and then waylaid Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and have been perfect so far in 2016.

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Dec 12, 2015; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah (35) makes a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Dec 12, 2015; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah (35) makes a basket against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

UConn junior center Amida Brimah suffered a broken third finger on his right hand during practice on Monday and will have to undergo surgery to repair the fracture, the school announced.

He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which would put him back on the court in mid-to-late February.

Brimah and the team learned the complete diagnosis and the best course of treatment from doctors following an examination on Tuesday morning. The 7-foot center from Accra, Ghana, is scheduled to have the surgery on Wednesday afternoon at UConn Health in Farmington.

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Some of the biggest names in coaching have passed through the Westtown (Pa.) School in recent days to watch Mohamed Bamba, the 6-foot-11 Class of 2017 big man who also runs with the PSA Cardinals AAU program.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams was in on Tuesday, and UConn coach Kevin Ollie came through on Wednesday. Alabama coach Avery Johnson also called to offer Bamba a scholarship.

Bamba, who now has a 7-foot-8 wingspan according to Scout.com, is also being courted by the likes of Duke, Kentucky and Syracuse. Scout also reported that Georgetown, Harvard, Maryland and Villanova watched Bamba this past weekend in Maryland.

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NEW YORK -- Naz Reid sat courtside on Sunday for St. John's 84-72 victory over Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, and came away impressed with both teams.

"It's a wonderful game, it's been impacting my feeling on both teams," the 6-foot-9 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic power forward, told SNY.tv. "I really like both teams. "I feel like one or maybe both of these teams could maybe be in my top five."

Ranked No. 6 in the 2018 ESPN 25, Reid said he probably won't release his top five until next year.

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Diamond Stone (33) nearly had a double-double against UConn, a team he spurned in recruiting in favor of Maryland. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Diamond Stone (33) nearly had a double-double against UConn, a team he spurned in recruiting in favor of Maryland. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Diamond Stone showed UConn what its missing.

Playing on the big stage of the Jimmy V Classic against a team he spurned during the recruiting process, the 6-foot-11 freshman went for 16 points and nine rebounds as No. 6 Maryland handled UConn, 76-66, at Madison Square Garden.

"Diamond's one of those guys, the brighter the lights, the better the play," Terps coach Mark Turgeon said after his team improved to 8-1. "He was fired. up. UConn recruited him really hard, so he was fired up to play the game."

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STORRS, Conn. -- Morgan Tuck has made no secret that one of her goals for her redshirt junior season for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team is to be an All-American.

There's nothing better than coming up big in a big game to help that cause.

Coming off a double-double in a win over No. 23 DePaul last Wednesday, Tuck was even better against third-ranked Notre Dame Saturday. The Bolingbrook, Illinois, native had 21 points, seven rebounds, and a career high eight assists to just one turnover as No. 1 UConn downed the Irish 91-81 in the Jimmy V Classic before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion.

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Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma applauds his team (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma applauds his team (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Crystal Dangerfield didn't have to wait to arrive at the University of Connecticut to learn some of what being part of the women's basketball team is about.

After committing to the Huskies 13 months ago, Dangerfield had a guest at one of her Blackman High games last winter. UConn coach Geno Auriemma made his way south to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to watch the 5-foot-5 point guard in action. Something he saw from the stands caught his eye.

As she was substituted out of the game, Dangerfield walked to the Lady Blaze's bench. Of course, the next time a Huskies' player does that after being taken out will be the first. For Auriemma, it was not too early for a teaching moment.

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