<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 28 Jul 2017 13:11:47 -0400Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:11:47 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[5 Former UConn Huskies to Start WNBA All-Star Game ]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sue-Bird.jpg

Five former UConn Huskies have been named to start the 2017 WNBA All-Star game.

Sue Bird, of the Seattle Storm, has been named to her record-tying 10th All-Star selection. She now shares that distinction with Tamika Catchings.

Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Tiffany Hayes join Bird as the other former Huskies named to the All-Star starting lineups. Moore was the overall vote-getter among fans, according to a UConn news release.

Players are selected by fans, media and other WNBA players.

The WNBA All-Star game will be played on July 22 and KeyArena in Seattle.



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<![CDATA[No First Night Festivities for UConn Basketball This Year]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:14:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/uconn+fans+gampel.jpg

Uconn's annual First Night basketball activities won't be happening this year.

That's because of repair work that is being done on the roof and ceiling of Gampel Pavilion.

The $10 million upgrade project began just after UConn's commencement in May and will continue until the end of October, according to the university.

The repairs will be done in time for the start of the basketball season, but not in time for First Night, a date in mid-October when the NCAA allows official basketball activities to begin.

In the past, UConn has held joint festivities with both the men's and women's teams for fans who wanted to come and watch.

Gampel was built in 1990.

The building's roof was in need of repair to replace the roof and ceiling panels, which had become worn and the exterior sealant on the dome was wearing off, leading to some leaks, UConn said.

The women's volleyball team, which also uses Gampel, will play its home games at Guyer Gym in the Hugh S Greer Field House for the fall 2017 season.

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<![CDATA[UConn Football to Face BC at Fenway in Primetime]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:14:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520535618.jpg

UConn football will play Boston College in Primetime in the Fenway Gridiron Series this upcoming season.

The game will take place November 18 at 7 p.m. at Fenway Park, according to news releases from UConn and Fenway Sports Management.

"When we announced this event, we promised a first class experience for our alumni and fans," David Benedict, UConn Athletic Director, said. "This is a great opportunity for our fan base to show its support for the program, sell our complete offering of tickets, and turn Boston into UConn Nation."



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<![CDATA[Geno to Participate in Free Autograph Session at Mohegan Sun]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:12:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/468870330.jpg

UConn Women's Basketball Coach Geno Aureimma will participate in a free autograph session and Q&A discussion at Mohegan Sun on Thursday, May 25.  The Q&A session will be moderated by former UConn and now CT Sun star Morgan Tuck.

The event is part of Mohegan Sun's "Signings & Sightings" series of events.  The event with Geno starts at 6 p.m. at The Shops at Mohegan Sun concourse.

The session is first-come, first-serve with Geno able to sign one piece of memorabilia per person.  There will be headshots distributed at the event that he will be able to sign if you do not bring any memorabilia.

Geno will not be personalizing items or taking personal photos, according to the event's website.

Fore more information, visit the Mohegan Sun event page.



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<![CDATA[UConn Men's Soccer Team Host Youth Clinic in South Windsor]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:09:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UCONN-V-UNH.jpg

The UConn Men’s soccer team held a youth soccer clinic in South Windsor Saturday, complete with a game against the University of New Hampshire.

The clinic began at 10:45 a.m. Huskies will face off against UNH at 1 p.m. at South Windsor High School. The event is free.

The South Windsor event was one of three clinics this season presented by ProHealth Physicians, and was open to children ranging in age from 5 to 13.

Another clinic is scheduled for Friday, April 21 at Vernon Center Middle School at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the UConn Huskies website. 



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<![CDATA[UConn Women Get Send-Off to Final 4]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+send+off+2.jpg

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<![CDATA[UConn Coach’s Speech Getting Attention Year Later ]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:12:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_684250709082.jpg

Coach Geno Auriemma, for the UConn Women’s Basketball team, spoke at a press conference during the 2016 Final Four about the importance of values on the court. 

Auriemma’s philosophy has been receiving attention on the internet even a year later, according to the NCAA.

Having won 109 games in a row, Auriemma has much to be proud about. Yet, his words of wisdom from this 2016 conference highlight that he still cares about how his players behave.

"We put a huge premium on body language," Auriemma said. "And if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game. Ever. I don't care how good you are."

Auriemma looked back on a game where he benched Seattle Storm and All-American Breanna Stewart.

"It was because she was acting like a 12-year-old," the coach said."I would rather lose than watch the way some kids play."

He said he doesn't want his players to only think about themselves when they're in the game.

"'Me, me, me. I didn't score, so why should I be happy?'" Auriemma said. "That's the world that we live in today, unfortunately."

Auriemma and the Huskies are currently in the third round of the NCAA tournament and are seeking a fifth straight national title, the NCAA said. His way of coaching emphasizes good sportsmanship from his players. “I’d rather lose than watch some kids play the way they play.”



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<![CDATA[Storrs Ranks Among Best Cities for College Basketball Fans]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:10:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ap_17063738389678-crop.jpg

Storrs has made the list for one of the best cities for college basketball fans, according to a new WalletHub study.

The study focused on NCAA teams. Storrs ranked ninth out of the 291 cities considered in the analysis, which looked at seven key factors including the number of teams per city, winning percentage of each team, stadium capacity and social-media engagement. When the data was broken down by population size, Storrs ranked in at number five for cities with a population fewer than 100,000 people.

Storrs tied for first for most engaged college basketball fans with the likes of Chapel Hill, NC, Lawrence, Kan., Bloomington, Ill., East Lansing, Mich., and Morgantown, W. Va.

It wasn’t all good news for Connecticut. New Britain ranked dead last in the study, making it the worst city of college hoops fans, according to their analysis.

College basketball is big money – an estimated $9.2 billion was wagered on the 2016 NCAA tournament.

The top ten best cities for college basketball fans, according to the study, are as follows:

 

  1. 1 Chapel Hill, NC
  2. 2 Los Angeles, CA
  3. 3 Durham, NC
  4. 4 Bloomington, IN
  5. 5 Philadelphia, PA
  6. 6 East Lansing, MI
  7. 7 Lawrence, KS
  8. 8 Lexington, KY
  9. 9 Storrs, CT
  10. 10 Cullowhee, NC

 

 

The ten worst cities for college basketball fans:

 

  1. New Britain, CT
  2. Tampa, FL
  3. Peoria, IL
  4. Daytona Beach, FL
  5. Clinton, SC
  6. Hackensack, NJ
  7. Riverside, CA
  8. Lynchburg, VA
  9. Poughkeepsie, NY
  10. Ithaca, NY
For more information on the study, click here.



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<![CDATA[SMU Beats out UConn 69-61]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:52:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17056664433141.jpg

The UConn men fell short to SMU on Saturday.

Shake Milton had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 15 SMU over UConn 69-61. The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight and haven't lost since Jan. 12 at Cincinnati. Semi Ojeleye had 16 points, Ben Moore added 15 and Sterling Brown had 11.

The Huskies (14-14, 9-7), who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak, were led by Kentan Facey's 15 points. Freshman Christian Vital and Vance Jackson each added 14, while Rodney Purvis had 11.

The Mustangs rode the hot shooting of Milton, who made 6 of 7 from 3-point range, to lead 41-30 at halftime. SMU led by as many as 16 points, with Milton's fifth 3-pointer giving it a 31-15 lead with 8:04 to play.



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<![CDATA[Randy Edsall Excited to Be Back at UConn]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:01:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Randy_Edsall_Excited_to_Be_Back_at_UConn_1200x675_879721027622.jpg

UConn head football coach Randy Edsall talked with Kevin Nathan about his return to the University and his expectations for next season.

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<![CDATA[No. 14 Cincinnati 82, Connecticut 68]]> Sun, 05 Feb 2017 15:15:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+logo+generic.jpg

UConn fell short Saturday night, falling to Cincinnati 82-68.

Kyle Washington and Gary Clark took the court thinking it was up to them to dominate. Shot by shot, they took over the game.

Washington scored a career-high 27 points, and Clark had his fifth double-double of the season as No. 14 Cincinnati used its front-line advantage and pulled away a victory over Connecticut on Saturday, its 14th straight win.

The Bearcats (21-2, 10-0 American Athletic) never trailed while winning their 22nd in a row on their home court. They extended their longest overall winning streak in three years.

"Me and Gary, when we were doing treatments before the game, we said we needed to be ready to play," Washington said.

They were.

Washington had 13 of Cincinnati's first 17 points as the Bearcats got the early advantage, making a 3-pointer, a mid-range jumper and three left-handed shots from near the basket. He went 11 of 18 from the field overall, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.

The points were a bonus. Washington has been working on his defense, which is one of the biggest holes in his game.

"I told Gary when we were getting ready for the game: Forget offense," Washington said. "I don't want to think offense. For us to get better — for me to get better — I've got to become a better defensive player."

Washington made a 3-pointer and Clark had unguarded back-to-back 3s as Cincinnati pulled away at the start of the second half, leading by as many as 26 points.

Clark had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, including a pair of 3s.

"Kyle and Gary made a lot of shots," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. "We made so many shots — that's what broke their spirit."

Rodney Purvis scored 20 points for UConn (10-12, 5-5) , which had won its last three games.

"They came out in that second half and did pretty much whatever they wanted to," coach Kevin Ollie said. "We've got to play a little bit harder. Actually, we've got to play a lot harder, and a lot tougher.

"The toughness just wasn't there today."

BIG PICTURE

Connecticut: The Huskies' three-game winning streak was their longest of the season. They had pulled it off despite being limited to six scholarship players because of injuries.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats' 22-game winning streak at home is their third-longest since their arena opened in 1989. They won 41 home games in a row from 1997-2000 and 25 straight from 1992-94.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A 57-55 come-from-behind win at Tulsa and the comfortable win over UConn should allow the Bearcats to at least hold their ground. Their No. 14 ranking is their highest of the season.

BIG ASSIST

Troy Caupain's six assists pushed him over 100 for the season. He's only the third in school history to have three seasons with 100 assists, joining Cashmere Wright (2011-13) and Deonta Vaughn (2007-10). Caupain scored only seven points. He had 37 points during UConn's 104-97, four-overtime victory over the Bearcats in the quarterfinals of AAC Tournament last season.

FINAL FOUR FLASHBACK

The Bearcats honored their Final Four team from 1992 and had their second capacity crowd of the season, the other one against crosstown rival Xavier. They wore throwback uniforms and introduced members of the '92 team at halftime. Former coach Bob Huggins — now at West Virginia — sent greetings by video and concluded, "That was one of the greatest years of my life. Thank you all so much for letting me be part of it."

UP NEXT

The Huskies have a home rematch against South Florida on Wednesday. They beat the Bulls 81-69 on Jan. 25 for the second of their three straight wins.

The Bearcats host Central Florida on Wednesday. They have won all seven games in their series.



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<![CDATA[UConn Announces 20 New Football Players]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+football_generic+shot.jpg

Today is signing day and UConn has announced the newest class of Huskies joining the football team.

Several of the players are from Connecticut.

Omar Fortt, of New Canaan, came to UConn Nation as a defensive back from St. Luke’s High School. He is already enrolled and Coach Randy Edsall said he’s “fitting in nicely in what we are doing.”

Ryan Fitton, of Westport, played at Staples High School. He’s a tight end and a good student who wants to study business at UConn.

T.J. Gardner is a Connecticut native from Windsor and went to Windsor High School. He’s a linebacker who Edsall says has “great instincts: and the “ability to make plays.”

“He is another Connecticut kid that wanted to stay home here at UConn,” Edsall said.

Darrian Beavers, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a linebacker and played at Colerain High School.

Brayden Brown, a safety from Cumberland, Maryland, comes to UConn via Fort Hills High School. Edsall says he has “high character” and a “championship pedigree.”

Garrison Burnett, of Washington, DC is a wide receiver. He played for Maret High School.

Cameron Hairston, a wide receiver, comes to UConn from Lee’s Summit North High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Robert Holmes, of West Palm Beach, Florida, joins the offensive line from Oxbridge Academy.

Stanley Hubbard grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and comes to UConn from St. John’s College High School, a high school Edsall says has produced many quality college players. He’ll be on the offensive line.

Robert P. King, of Philadelphia, is a cornerback and went to Father Judge High School, where he was a quarterback as well.

Jordan McAfee, a quarterback, comes to UConn from Everett High School in Everett, Massachusetts, where he led the school to the state football championship.

Abiola "Bebe" Olaniyan is joining UConn from Woodberry Forest High School, from Woodberry Forest, Virginia. Edsall says the new Husky cornerback has “very good versatility and football instincts.”

David Pindell, of Columbia, Maryland, will be a quarterback for the Huskies. He previously played for Lackawanna College

“David is a perfect fit for our offense because he demonstrates the ability to hurt a defense with both his arms and legs,” Edsall said on Twitter. “David is a mature leader and has a chance to be an explosive player in our league.”

Jordan Swann, of Baltimore, Maryland, played at Saint Francis Academy. He’s a cornerback, who Edsall says has shown the ability to be a “difference maker.”

Also joining the offensive line is James Tunstall. He comes from Indian Head, Maryland, where he played at Lackey High School.

David Williams, who is from Philadelphia, comes to UConn from the University of South Carolina. He’s a running back.

Ian Swenson, of Wilmette, Illinois, is a safety and played at Loyola Academy.

Caleb Thomas, a nose tackle from Mansfield, Texas, played at Mansfield High School.

Ryan Van Demark, of Princeton, New Jersey, will be a member of the Huskies’ offensive line. He went to the Hun School of Princeton.

Marvin Washington, of Orlando, Florida, is also a quarterback and played at Dr. Phillips High School.

"Marvin possesses an accurate and strong arm to make all the throws, and can also make plays with his feet," Edsall said. "He led Dr. Phillips to the state championship game in Florida's largest classification." 



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