Napier is giving UConn everything he’s got

STORRS, Conn. – During a postgame interview, it isn’t unusual to hear a player say he had no clue regarding the number of points, rebounds or assists he had while the game was going on. That’s the politically correct answer – at least it seems that way. The line of thinking: How can a player […]

Great start for college hoops season

Michigan State and Kansas emerged victorious at the Champions Classic Tuesday night in Chicago, but the big overall winner was college basketball. It’s hard for college basketball to grab headlines and get the attention of the sporting public at this time of the year. But the two winning teams, along with Kentucky, Duke and the […]

Mosqueda-Lewis and Tuck to miss playing time

Here is the detailed injury report from UConn regarding the conditions of University of Connecticut women’s basketball players Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck. Mosqueda-Lewis, a junior guard/forward suffered a nerve contusion of the right elbow early in the second half of top-ranked UConn’s 76-57 victory over No. 3 Stanford on Monday evening. An MRI revealed […]

Two wins, a triple double, and reason for concern

Here are the headlines from a Veteran’s Day full of Connecticut basketball: — The top-ranked UConn women crushed No. 3 Stanford 76-57 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs Monday night. The Huskies poured it on and dominated, even though Breanna Stewart played only 17 minutes and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis played just 22 minutes. Both finished with nine […]

Ready for a hoop marathon

Just about ready for tip-off (3 p.m.) at the XL Center in Hartford where the No. 18 UConn Huskies take on in-state rival Yale in men’s basketball. We are going to celebrate the start of the regular season with a mini-marathon of hoops. When this one is over, and interviews have been conducted, I’ll be […]

UConn’s Daniels poised for breakout season

STORRS, Conn. _ College basketball observers took their eyes off the Connecticut Huskies at the end of last season. It was understandable because, as March Madness approached, everyone knew UConn’s season would end without the Big East tournament or a bid to the NCAA tournament, due to a postseason ban. Outside the Connecticut state border, […]

Samuel may demand playing time

A few observations from Connecticut’s 98-38 exhibition victory over Concordia Monday night at the XL Center: — Freshman guard Terrence Samuel made a big impression. Ignore the level of competition (Concordia is a Division III school that won only four games last season). Samuel was making his second appearance in a UConn uniform, his first […]

Taking The Charge

STORRS, Conn. – I don’t remember if I first heard this from a journalism professor or from an editor early in my career, but I’m well aware of the fact a reporter should never become part of the story. Cover the story; don’t get involved. Sometimes, you have no choice – especially if you spend […]

Close Encounter of the Gampel Kind

Here’s the link to my story from tonight’s game at Gampel Pavilion. It was an eventful night. I’ve been covering college basketball since 1977 and never had a player come over press row and plow into me. Thanks Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. AP Photo by Jessica Hill