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Jeff Walz knows that it’s extremely rare for a team to beat UConn twice in a season. Only one school has done it over the past decade and that’s Notre Dame. Still Louisville has confidence after beating the Huskies in January. It was the Cardinals first win under Walz against after losing 14 to their former Big East foe.
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Asia Durr scored 14 of her 24 points in the second quarter, Dana Evans added 20 points and No. 3 Louisville held No. 2 UConn to 38 percent shooting in a 78-69 victory Thursday night.
The Gonzaga women’s basketball team jumped three spots to No. 15 in the latest AP poll released on Monday. The Bulldogs (19-2), coming off wins last week over San Francisco and Santa Clara, will play at Pacific on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Napheesa Collier had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds and Crystal Dangerfield set a career high with 26 points to lead No. 2 UConn to an 88-67 victory over Temple on Saturday.
Katie Lou Samuelson had 19 points, Napheesa Collier added 18 points and the top-ranked UConn Huskies rebounded from a rare regular-season loss with an 81-61 win over Houston on Sunday, at Houston. Megan Walker had 14 points and seven rebounds, Crystal Dangerfield had 13 points and six assists and Christyn Williams had 12 points for UConn (12-1, 1-0 American), which had its streak of 126 consecutive regular-season wins snapped in a 68-57 loss to No. 8 Baylor on Thursday.
The University of Connecticut asked a judge Friday to dismiss a complaint filed by former basketball coach Kevin Ollie, who contends his firing was in part racially motivated.
Zags climb one spot in poll as UConn remains No. 1 after a pair of close games last week.
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Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday.
Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert scored 16 points each to lead Connecticut to a 83-76 upset of No. 15 Syracuse in the first game of the 2K Classic Thursday night.
First-year Minnesota coach Lindsay Whalen became the 39th person to play and coach a team that was ranked when her alma mater entered the women’s basketball poll Monday at No. 25. Whalen is the 12th to accomplish the feat at the same school.
McKenzie Milton threw for 346 yards and five touchdowns and No. 21 UCF routed UConn 56-17 to extend the longest winning streak in the nation to 14 games. The reigning American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year completed 24 of 32 passes and ran for another 50 yards. UConn quarterback David Pindell threw for 266 yards and ran for 157 yards.
Don’t tell Jim Calhoun or his former players that UConn is no longer an elite basketball program. Calhoun says the program inherited by Dan Hurley is still the same one that has won four national championships over the past 20 years. The Huskies have missed the NCAA Tournament three times in four years and are 30-35 over the past two seasons. UConn is currently under NCAA investigation and is in a $10 million contract dispute with former coach Kevin Ollie.
UConn says it fired coach Kevin Ollie after finding NCAA violations that included improper workouts and contact with recruits by Ollie and former UConn star Ray Allen. The violations are laid out in documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. In a statement to The Associated Press, Ollie’s lawyer called the infractions minimal. He says the school failed to justify withholding more than $10 million Ollie is owed under his contract.
Levi Jordan and AJ Graffanino had three hits apiece, including RBI singles in a five-run eighth inning, to lift third-seeded Washington over No. 2 seed UConn to start the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Arike Ogunbowale’s jumper from the corner with 1 second left lifted Notre Dame to a 91-89 overtime victory over UConn on Friday night in the national semifinals.
Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies are in a familiar place – the Elite Eight.
Dan Hurley became a hot commodity after coaching Rhode Island to two straight NCAA Tournaments. On Thursday, he left for a bigger name in New England basketball. Hurley jumped across state lines to join a UConn team that has won four NCAA titles in 20 years but is under NCAA investigation and just finished a second straight losing season. The Huskies fired coach Kevin Ollie this month.
UConn has fired basketball coach Kevin Ollie, with the team under NCAA investigation and the Huskies having completed their second straight losing season.