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Kemba Walker selected by Bobcats

By Colin McDonough, Associate Sports Editor

The Charlotte Bobcats took Kemba Walker with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Walker, who led the UConn men’s basketball team to the 2011 national championship in April, will play in Charlotte.

Walker is the highest Husky selected since Hasheem Thabeet was taken second overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 draft. Walker is the first UConn player to be drafted by the Bobcats since fellow national champion Emeka Okafor was taken second overall in the 2004 draft.

Men’s basketball team visits the White House

By Colin McDonough, Associate Sports Editor

The national champion UConn men’s basketball team was honored by President Barack Obama yesterday at the White House. The news editor of The Daily Campus, Nicholas Rondinone was in Washington, D.C. to cover the Huskies’ day in D.C. Here is the link to his story, photo included.

http://www.dailycampus.com/news/men-s-basketball-team-visits-the-white-house-1.2228827

Championship Links

By: Matt and Colin McDonough

With Spring Weekend here, it’s time to continue the celebration of the 2011 UConn men’s basketball team. Here are YouTube clips, granted some are very poor quality, of a Kemba Walker highlight reel, his buzzer beater against Pitt and the endings to the Big East, West Regional and National championships. As a bonus, videos from 1999 and 2004, the Huskies’ previous two championships are included as well. Note: The Daily Campus does not own the rights to the videos.

Mac Cerullo interview with The Pulse

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

The Pulse Network contacted us and wanted to speak to me about UConn basketball and the team’s chances to win it all. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to know what I think, but for the three of you who do care, click this link and give it a look. All things considered I think I did a decent enough job.

03-31-11 Michael Cerullo Interview.

The road starts here

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

First of all, I just want to say that I love 2011. I’m on a Greyhound bus with Matt McDonough en route to Washington D.C. right now, and this bus has wifi, power outlets and everything. We’re even watching the Thunder vs. Heat game on ESPN3, on a bus. Amazing.

Anyway, tomorrow will mark the beginning of what will hopefully be a long trip to Houston. The UConn men’s basketball team opens their tournament with a matchup against 14-seeded Bucknell in the first round. For all intents and purposes, this is a game that the Huskies should win. After winning five games in five days to win the Big East, there’s no conceivable reason why UConn shouldn’t be able to take care of business.

But it’s called March Madness for a reason.

Recall the first round of the 2005 Tournament, when Bucknell, a 14-seed that year as well, upset Kansas. It’s still considered to be one of the biggest tournament upsets in history, and though the teams are different, you can never discount the possibility that it could happen again. Besides, UConn is no stranger to big upsets themselves, I hate to bring it up, but George Mason did happen too.

For full coverage of tomorrow’s game, grab the paper tomorrow and check out the tournament extra we’re running. Also, if you haven’t signed up for the Tourney Pick’em Challenge on Yahoo, you have until Noon tomorrow to do so.

Connecticast: Kemba Walker – That just happened

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

I can’t even describe what I saw today. Kemba Walker’s buzzer beating shot absolutely blew the roof off the Garden, and capped off an instant classic that saw the Huskies come back from being down by as much as 12 points early.

I’ve had the good fortune of being at a lot of great sporting events, but this has to be near the top of the list. This was the first time in years that UConn has beaten Pittsburgh, and to do so in the Big East quarterfinals with Pitt being the No. 1 seed? Man…

I think most of you can tell that I’m really excited, and you’d be right. I am a little bummed out that I have to leave to attend to a prior commitment now, but to go out with that being the last memory? Guess I shouldn’t complain. In any case, Colin McDonough will be filling in for me, along with Matt, who’s been on the scene with me for each of the first three games.

Anyway, we’ve got a podcast for you all, along with the links to the last two day’s worth of stories. Shoutout to former DC Sports editor Kevin Duffy, who requested the Connecticast. Thanks for listening Duffy! Also a shoutout to WHUS’s Adam Giardino, who taught me how to actually embed the podcast in the blog post instead of doing it through a link.

Pittsburgh Stories:

“Kemba Skywalker” by Matt McDonough

“Walking off with the win” by Mac Cerullo

Georgetown Stories:

“Walker leads UConn past Georgetown” by Mac Cerullo

“Like the old days” by Matt McDonough

More spring break stories

Here are the new stories published on The Daily Campus website since the last batch.

Matt McDonough: The exorcism

Mac Cerullo: With dominating win, tensions eased

Colin McDonough: No luck for Irish

Spring Break stories

Sports Editor Mac Cerullo and Associate Sports Editor Matt McDonough will be filing from New York City at the men’s Big East tournament this week. Senior Staff Writer Colin McDonough will be at the women Big East championship in Hartford tomorrow night. Check dailycampus.com for stories pertaining to the Huskies in action over spring break. Since the newspaper is not in print this week, here are stories on UConn’s Senior Day loss to Notre Dame. Not that you’d necessarily want to revisit it.

Mac’s Game story:

No luck on senior day

Matt’s Notebook:

Rebounding woes reason for emotional senior day loss

Matt’s Column:

Hansbrough lacked class

Live from Senior Day – UConn vs. Notre Dame

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

Postgame:

Final Score: Notre Dame wins 70-67.

Disappointing doesn’t even begin to sum up this game. But here are some numbers that can.

Eight offensive rebounds, that’s right eight. UConn was getting to the rim, hitting shots, but they could not take advantage of the few times that the Irish did miss a shot, and it ultimately killed them. UConn is going to need to get more productivity out of their big men in the tournament next week. If Oriakhi and Okwandu are as ineffective as they were today, then I’m not sure if this team will even be able to make it out of the first round.

Given that UConn’s first round opponent will probably be either DePaul, South Florida or Rutgers, that’s a truely terrifying prospect.

Another stat: 9-0. That’s the run that Notre Dame went on after UConn took a 65-60 lead on the wake of their own 15-0 run. In that environment and with Hansbrough fouled out, you really can’t do anything but tip your hat to Notre Dame for regrouping and finding a way to win. That being said, UConn did not take advantage of the opportunities that they had to win, and that won’t fly in the postseason.

The Villanova and Marquette games are still on, so we won’t know who UConn’s first round opponent in the tournament will be for a little longer, but when we know more, we’ll be able to give a better opinion on what UConn faces and what they’ll need to do if they’re going to finish the season with more than a whimper.

Halftime:

We have an exciting game on our hands here. UConn finished the half strong, and went into the break with a 36-33 lead after playing catchup with Notre Dame for much of the half. Some highlights…

Notre Dame’s shooting: This team can hit their shots. The Irish shot 52% (12-23) from the field and made almost half of their three pointers (6-13). Ben Hansbrough is leading the way for the Irish, he has 11 points and has hit all three of his three-point attempts so far.

The 2-3 zone: Notre Dame switched to the dreaded 2-3 zone midway through the half and it’s worked well for them so far. UConn definitely saw their interior offense stagnate, but the Huskies have shot well enough to overcome it. Walker has 13 points for UConn, and the Huskies have gotten some contributions from Napier, Lamb and Oriakhi too. Defensively, UConn has done well despite Notre Dame’s shooting percentages.

Other facts: Notre Dame has turned the ball over six times. UConn’s bench is outscoring Notre Dame’s 14-5 (though Notre Dame has only used two players off their bench for a total of 14 minutes combined. The battle on the boards is a relatively even 14-13 favoring Notre Dame.

Second half starting now. Should be a close one throughout if this game continues anything like it started.

Pregame:

The UConn seniors were just honored a moment ago here at Gampel Pavilion. Donnell Beverly, Charles Okwandu and Kemba Walker each received a commemorative framed jersey and a rousing ovation from the crowd. When Kemba was announced, the student section began a “one more year” chant. Jordan Rich, the team’s head manager, was also honored in the ceremony.

Both teams have now taken the court and are warming up for tipoff, which is set to be in a couple of minutes. UConn comes into this one after losing a key road game at West Virginia. West Virginia is playing a tight game against Louisville right now, and the result of that game will play a major role in whether or not UConn receives a first round bye in the Big East tournament (should they win today.)

At 21-8, and 9-8 in the Big East, UConn is far from a bubble team, but given that the team has lost three of its last four games, the team could use a big win over a top 10 team going into the postseason. The last time UConn and Notre Dame played earlier this year, ND came out on top 73-70 in a game that UConn could have won.

More on this game to come.

Bracketology Update

By Colin McDonough, Senior Staff Writer

The UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams both are gearing up for the Big East and NCAA tournaments. Here are some of the projected brackets for the Huskies.

According to Si.com’s Andy Glockner, the men’s team is projected to start in Washington, D.C. for the first and second rounds of the West region. No. 4 seed UConn is predicted to face SoCon opponent College of Charleston. If the Huskies make it out of the first two rounds, they’d go to Anaheim for regionals where No. 1 seed BYU is in their bracket. The men’s team does not have history on their side if they play in DC. The Huskies have not won at the Verizon Center since beating Washington in the 2006 Sweet Sixteen. But No. 1 seed UConn would be upset in the Elite Eight by George Mason capping one of the most disappointing tournament ousts in school history.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi sees it differently. UConn is a No. 4 seed in the East region and would play in Newark if they got past Princeton in the first round and either Vanderbilt or UAB in the second round. Instead of Washington, DC, the Huskies would start their path to the Final Four in Tuscon.

The women’s side is pretty simple. UConn has all but received the No. 1 overall seed and will play the first two rounds in Storrs at Gampel Pavilion. If the Huskies make it to regionals they would head to Philadelphia with a Final Four trip to Indianapolis on the line. Duke is projected to be the No. 2 seed in UConn’s bracket by ESPN.


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UConn Men’s Basketball

West Region - No. 3 Seed, 30-9 (9-9)

Last Game: 65-63 W vs. (5) Arizona (March 26)

Next Game: vs. (4) Kentucky (April 2, 8:49 p.m., Reliant Stadium, Houston.)

1 - Enosch Wolf
2 - Donnell Beverly
3 - Jeremy Lamb
4 - Jamal Coombs-McDaniel
5 - Niels Giffey
10 - Tyler Olander
13 - Shabazz Napier
15 - Kemba Walker
21 - Kyle Bailey
22 - Roscoe Smith
23 - Benjamin Stewart
25 - Michael Bradley
34 - Alex Oriakhi
35 - Charles Okwandu

UConn Women’s Basketball

Philadelphia Region No. 1 Seed, 36-1 (16-0)

Last Game: 75-40 W vs. (2) Duke (March 29)

Next Game: vs. (2) Notre Dame (April 3, 9 p.m., Canseco Field House, Indianapolis, Ind.)

3 - Tiffany Hayes
5 - Caroline Doty
12 - Lauren Engeln
14 - Bria Hartley
23 - Maya Moore
25 - Michala Johnson
30 - Lorin Dixon
31 - Stefanie Dolson
32 - Heather Buck
34 - Kelly Faris

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