<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dog House]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/dog-house http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-usSat, 15 Dec 2018 23:41:04 -0500Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:41:04 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[UConn to Retire Numbers of Allen and Lobo in March]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:18:59 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lobo_allen_uconn.jpg

UConn has announced it will retire the numbers of all-time basketball greats Ray Allen and Rebecca Lobo.

Lobo and Allen are both now enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The pair are the first two to have their numbers retired by the university, an honor that will be reserved for future UConn basketball alums who are inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a news release from the school.

"Rebecca and Ray are two UConn Basketball icons who were integral to the success and growth of both programs and I am thrilled that we will be able to recognize them in this special way," director of athletics David Benedict said.

Allen's number 34 and Lobo's number 50 will be retired at a ceremony during the first weekend of March, according to UConn.

Lobo's number will be retired on March 2 during a UConn women's game against Houston and Allen's number will be retired on March 3, during a game against USF. 

Both numbers will become unavailable for any future players to wear after the ceremony.

Lobo was a part of the 1995 team that went 35-0 and won the program's first of many national championships. She was the unanimous National Player of the Year in 1995, a two-time First Team All-American, and was twice named the Big East Player of the Year.

"I spent four amazing years wearing the #50 on my UConn jersey and am honored and thrilled that it will have a permanent home in the rafters of Gampel Pavilion," Lobo said. "I am forever grateful to Coach Auriemma and CD (Associate Head Coach Chris Dailey) for the impact they had on my life and would like to pass along congratulations to Ray as well."

Lobo finished her college career with 2,133 points, 1,268 rebounds, and 396 blocked shots.

She went on to win a gold medal with the Women's National Basketball Team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and played in the WNBA for six years.

Allen is one of the most prolific scorers in UConn history. He scored 1,922 points in his career - fifth most at UConn. His 44.8 three-point field goal percentage ranks first at the school.

He is a two-time All-American and was the 1995 USA Basketball Athlete of the Year.

Allen spent 18 years in the NBA and won two NBA Championships. He was an 10-time All-Star and his 2,973 three-pointers are the most in NBA history.

"It's truly a great honor," Allen said. " I know in the history of the program, nobody has had their number retired and to be the first is really unfathomable to me."

Allen thanked UConn and its fans for their support.

"I would also like to congratulate Rebecca and I hope this can set a precedent going forward as a way to honor men and women who have had exceptional careers in college and afterward," he said.



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<![CDATA[UConn Football to Play 2 Games Against Purdue]]> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:33:41 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uconn+rentschler_722_406.jpg

UConn football has announced a home-and-home series with Purdue University.

The Huskies will play the Boilermakers at Rentschler Field in Sept. 2021. They will travel to Purdue's home in West Lafayette, Indiana, but that game won't take place until Sept. 2025.

The game at The Rent will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

UConn finished this season with a 1-11 record. The team's only win came over Rhode Island in September.

Purdue finished 6-6, with the Boilermakers' biggest win coming against national powerhouse Ohio State.



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<![CDATA[UConn Routs UMKC 94-66]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:30:46 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_18316033149576.jpg

Tarin Smith scored 22 points to lead UConn over Missouri-Kansas City 94-66 Sunday at Gampel Pavilion.

The fifth-year senior guard shot 10 for 12 from the field to lead the Huskies (2-0). Smith transferred to UConn in the offseason from Duquesne, where he was the Atlantic-10 Sixth Man of the Year last season.

"Whatever the team needs," said Smith, who has been on a minutes restriction after suffering a quad injury over the summer. "I think I just have fun playing basketball and with guys that are as talented as the guys I play with, and just getting people involved is fun for me."

Jalen Adams had 20 points, Alterique Gilbert scored 12 and Christian Vital added 10 rebounds in a balanced Husky offense. The last time UConn scored at least 90 points in a game was Feb. 8, 2017, when it beat South Florida 97-51.

UConn won its opener 80-70 on Thursday over Morehead State, but struggled to close the game. The Huskies had no problem this time after leading 50-33 at the half.

"I thought we showed a lot more of the killer relentlessness for longer stretches when we had a chance to extend the lead," UConn coach Dan Hurley said.

Danny Dixon led UMKC (0-3) with 15 points and Brandon McKissic added 10.

Tied 12-12, UConn used a 23-3 run to take control. Eight of the nine Huskies who played scored at least a basket in the first half.

"You have to give a lot of credit to UConn," UMKC head coach Kareem Richardson said. "First and foremost they defend their tails off and make everything physical and make everything tough."

Smith shot 7 of 9 from the field and had 15 points off the bench. UConn had only 18 bench points in its opening win against Morehead State, but finished with 36 in this win.

The Huskies scored 13 points off UMKC's seven turnovers and picked up 14 fastbreak points.

UMKC, which was playing its third straight road game, held its last lead at 10-9 at 16:01.

After shooting 53 percent in the first half, UConn cooled off in the second, making just 2 of 13 attempts in the opening seven-plus minutes. UMKC was only able to cut its deficit to 58-43 during that stretch before UConn's offense awoke.

HE SAID IT

"I think Tarin is one of our very best players," Hurley said. "I recruited him at Rhode Island and he went to Nebraska on me. I guess that's why I'm not going to start him ... maybe I hold grudges."

ROLE PLAYER

The Huskies have been looking for their young frontcourt to emerge and this time sophomore Tyler Polley took a step forward with 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and four rebounds with one steal in 25 minutes.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

For the second straight game UConn finished on the plus side of the assist-to-turnover ratio with 17 and 12, respectively. It was a problem area for the Huskies a year ago when they only accomplished it eight times.

BIG PICTURE

UMKC: The Kangaroos lost their third straight game against a major program and continue to look for their first win of the season.

UConn: After opening 2-0 at home under first-year head coach Hurley, the opponents will get stronger for the Huskies in the 2K Empire Classic in New York.

UP NEXT

UMKC: Plays Morehead State on Thursday in Cheney, Wash.

UConn: Plays Syracuse on Thursday in New York



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<![CDATA[UConn Basketball Season Starts With Hurley at Helm]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:36:30 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn_Basketball_Season_Starts_With_Hurley_at_Helm.jpg

The UConn men's basketball season starts tonight for the first time under the leadership of coach Dan Hurley.

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<![CDATA[UConn Releases 2018-2019 Women’s Basketball Schedule ]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:18:00 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+women+Final+Four+sendoff+2018.JPG

UConn has released the women’s basketball team’s complete 2018-19 schedule. 

Fans can buy season tickets for games to be played at Gampel Pavilion, the XL Center or both venues. 

Gampel and XL will each host seven games this season. 

Season tickets are available online here or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 877-AT-UCONN. 

The schedule includes 10 games against 2018 NCAA Tournament participants, 19 games against 2018 postseason tournament participants, 11 games against teams ranked in the top 50 of the final 2018 RPI, three games against teams ranked in the top five of the final 2018 RPI and eight games against teams ranked in the final 2018 USA Today Coaches Poll, including four top-10 teams.



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<![CDATA[Jim Calhoun Named Saint Joseph Head Basketball Coach]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:25:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jim+Calhoun+Saint+Joseph.JPG

UConn legend Jim Calhoun has been named the head coach of men's basketball at the University of Saint Joseph on Tuesday.

Calhoun signed his full-time contract on Tuesday afternoon. The school said he is the first-ever head coach of USJ men's basketball.

Back in September of 2017, Calhoun announced he was coming out of retirement to become a consultant to the basketball program at USJ.

Calhoun is a three-time NCAA National Champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach. He has 873 career victories, including 625 while at the University of Connecticut for 26 seasons, from 1987 through 2012.

"Whether it's Division I or Division III, the kids are the kids and the game is the game and I'm looking forward to getting back out on the court and teaching these young men each and every day. I really missed being a part of a team, and we're preparing for a great first season at USJ," Calhoun said.

"From the first day we started working with Coach, it's been momentous for all of us - especially our current student-athletes. In terms of recruiting all students, not just student-athletes, he has had what we call the "Calhoun Effect," and we all enjoyed his talk where he emphasized that for all students, academics are the top priority," said University of Saint Joseph President Rhona Free Ph.D.

Assistant Coach Glen Miller will be working with Calhoun to get the inaugural men's basketball team ready for their first season, the school said in a release.

The team's opening game will be on November 9 at 7:30 p.m. against William Paterson University at Oosting Gymnasium on the Trinity College campus.



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<![CDATA[UConn's Men's Basketball Team Shows Serious Dunking Ability at Pool]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:38:59 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+Pool+Party+dunks.jpg

You don't see this at every Labor Day weekend pool party, but the UConn men's basketball team proved they have some serious dunking ability in a video posted by the team. 

The video was accompanied by the caption: "Ball movement. Selflessness. Execution. #ThisIsUConn // #DoMore."

No word on where the video was shot.

The video was captured by a UConn graduate assistant and the team's student managers.



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<![CDATA[New Food and Beer Choices at Rentschler Field]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:35:09 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/The_Whey_Station_Food_Truck_Friday_1200x675_1291931715701.jpg

UConn football returns this week and there are some new food and beer choices at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. 

The Whey Station Stand, located in section 135 by Gate A, will offer gourmet grilled cheese, including the “Channing Tater,” which is a five-cheese blend with bacon, tater tots, sour cream and scallions. 

The Greek’n Out Food Truck is new this season and will serve traditional Greek favorites and specialties, such as chicken and pork gyros along with sizzlin' souvlaki. 

UConn fans who are 21 and over can sample from more than 50 varieties of beer this season. The brand new Two Roads Tap House Stand, located in section 107 by Gate B, will feature several Connecticut brewed beers as well as locally made food options. 

Fans can also get Leinenkugel Beer at the Kettle Girl Popcorn stands

Sam Adams Brewhouse will be in section 107 and feature beer as well as the Frito Pie Bowl and Chowder Pot’s Clam Chowder. 

Hot Dog Nation, featuring locally inspired hotdogs, is back and located in section 138 by Gate A.

Along with the new stand, some existing food stands are making some moves.

Roma Pizza is moving to section 116 by Gate C. Kettle Girl Popcorn is adding another location at section 111.

 

See the concessions map online here. http://www.rentschlerfield.com/stadium/concessions

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<![CDATA[UConn, Tennessee Women’s Basketball Teams to Face Each Other Again]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:27:31 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/UConn+National+ChampionsGettyImages-5192982681.jpg

It’s been 12 years, but the championship winning UConn and Tennessee women’s basketball programs will face each other again. The teams will play each other in a two-year series. 

UConn will host Tennessee during the 2019-2020 season and part of the proceeds will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

“I am happy to have the Lady Vols back on our schedule and am thrilled that proceeds to our games will benefit such an important endeavor like the Pat Summitt Foundation,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “I know our fans will be excited to renew the rivalry with Tennessee and expect them to fill the building for some good basketball and a great cause.” 

For the 2020-2021 season, the Lady Vols will host the Huskies in Knoxville and part of the proceeds will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Game dates and times have not yet been announced, but the event will be showcased during the annual We Back Pat week. 

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate all levels of the game for both men and women,” John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “When it comes to women’s college hoops, there’s no match-up more highly anticipated than that of UConn versus Tennessee. We’re so proud to unite these teams in a contest benefitting great causes and honoring the late Hall of Famer Pat Summitt.” 

UConn released a statement saying UConn leads the all-time series vs. Tennessee, 13-9 and the Huskies defeated the Lady Vols four times in the NCAA Championship game. 



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<![CDATA[Edsall Has Message For Players This Season]]> Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:39:13 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Edsall_Has_Message_For_Players_This_Season_1200x675_1291705923903.jpg ]]>