Connecticut Rumors & News

  • UConn Says Ollie, Assistants Won't Travel To Indy For Final Four

    Hartford Courant "Kevin Ollie and UConn's assistant coaches will not be traveling to Indiana for the Final Four, or related activities this week. UConn President Susan Herbst announced the decision on Tuesday night, in response to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the travel ban for..." April 01

  • For Boatright, It Just Wasn't Worth The Risk

    Hartford Courant "f this had been the NCAA Tournament, Ryan Boatright would have played. If UConn hadn't been so maddeningly inconsistent this season, or if the Huskies had somehow run off four wins in four days in the AAC Tournament, yes, Boatright would have shouldered all the responsibility Wednesday..." March 19

  • UConn loses reserve guard Sam Cassell Jr. to stress fracture in right tibia

    The Day "Good thing UConn has depth in the backcourt. The Huskies should be able to survive the temporary loss of reserve Sam Cassell Jr., who'll be sidelined for about two weeks with a stress fracture in his right tibia. The injury has been an issue for Cassell, who's now on crutches. He made the..." January 29

  • Ryan Boatright has ankle sprain, uncertain if he'll play Friday vs. Yale "UConn star guard Ryan Boatright does not have any broken bones in his left foot or ankle, according to a release from the school Tuesday afternoon. Boatright injured himself on the penultimate play of Sunday's 55-54 home loss against Texas. The senior is considered the team leader and has..." December 02

  • UConn star Ryan Boatright sprains ankle, leaves on crutches "UConn senior star guard Ryan Boatright badly sprained his left ankle in the closing seconds of UConn's 55-54 home loss to Texas (6-0). Boatright spoke to the media afterward, his left ankle heavily wrapped in ice. There is no timetable as of now for his return, but a UConn spokesman told..." December 01

  • 2015, 2016 Maui fields set: UNC, UCLA, UConn, Kansas, Indiana involved "As is custom, the Maui Invitational has announced its future fields on the day its event begins. One of the most prestigious November tournaments in college basketball, which is now 31 years old, started Monday. And we now know the next two years worth of fields that will unfold on the Big..." November 24

  • Reserve big man one of four UConn players suspended for violation of team rules

    College Basketball Talk "No. 17 UConn will be shorthanded when they take on West Virginia in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff Sunday night, as four players have been suspended for a violation of team rules according to multiple media outlets. Omar Calhoun, Dan Guest, Marcel Lewis and Rakim Lubin are the..." November 24

  • Rodney Purvis Suspended One Game, Will Sit Out UConn Opener

    Hartford Courant "Rodney Purvis will miss UConn's opener against Bryant because of an NCAA infraction involving summer league participation. Purvis, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from N.C. State, participated in more than one summer league, playing in games back home in Raleigh, N.C., and in the Greater..." November 15

  • UConn's Omar Calhoun To Miss At Least A Week With MCL Sprain

    Hartford Courant "Omar Calhoun has a sprained right knee and will be out for a week or so, UConn said. Calhoun injured his knee during practice on Sunday and was seen wearing a brace during the Huskies' scrimmage on Monday, which was open to students. He had an MRI on the knee on Monday night, which revealed a..." October 28

  • Norwalk’s Steven Enoch verbally commits to UConn

    Sportzedge "UConn’s front line just got a little more formidable. Norwalk High School power forward and National Top 100 recruit Steven Enoch has verbally committed to the school, and announced his decision on Sunday via Twitter. Enoch made his official visit to UConn over the weekend, and was impressed..." September 16

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • UConn's Rodney Purvis Set To Show Huskies What He's Got

    Hartford Courant "Rodney Purvis couldn't put on the UConn jersey and play in games last season, so he had to make each behind-the-scenes moment count. Late at night, sometimes after midnight, he and Ryan Boatright would walk back to Gampel Pavilion, turn on the lights and go at it, man on man. "Not many..." July 17

  • Jalen Adams announces commitment to UConn

    New Haven Register "UConn has landed a gritty guard out of Roxbury, Massachusetts, with a lot of heart and a knack for hitting clutch shots. Sound familiar? Jalen Adams, a 6-foot-2, Class of 2015 guard who attends Cushing Academy, committed to UConn on Monday morning after taking an unofficial visit to the..." June 30

  • Former UConn star Richard Hamilton on paying college players: 'I would have stayed in school' "Former Connecticut basketball star Richard Hamilton said Thursday that he would have stayed in school for his senior year if college athletes were allowed to be paid by the NCAA. Hamilton said he believes college athletes deserve at least some payment for their role in the college sports..." June 14

  • Sources: Kevin Ollie, UConn Closing In On Deal Near $3 Million

    Hartford Courant "The NBA can wait. Kevin Ollie is staying at UConn. Ollie, who led the Huskies to the national championship in his second season as men's basketball coach, and UConn are putting the finishing touches on a new contract that will more than double his annual income, multiple sources told The..." May 22

  • Kevin Ollie Officially Signs New 5 -year UConn Deal, Sources Say

    Hartford Courant "The deal is done. UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie has signed a new, five-year contract worth roughly $16 million, which runs through the 2018-19 season. That's about $3.2 million a year. "Thank you, God, for opening up so many doors, for me to be working in Storrs," Ollie tweeted just..." May 22

  • Kevin Ollie will listen to Lakers’ likely interest, but “real committed” to UConn

    Inside Socal "The Lakers are expected to reach out to Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie to gauge interest in their vacant head-coaching position, a pitch he plans to entertain with some uncertainty after guiding the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball championship. “He’ll listen, but he’s real committed to..." May 02

  • DeAndre Daniels leaving UConn for NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "The national champion Connecticut Huskies will lose an underclassman to the NBA draft, league sources tell Yahoo Sports: junior DeAndre Daniels. Daniels will file the paperwork with the league office and declare himself eligible for the June draft, sources said. Daniels, a 6-foot-9 forward,..." April 25

  • Ryan Boatright returning to UConn for senior season

    The Score "Ryan Boatright will be returning to Connecticut for his senior season, head coach Kevin Ollie confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The 6-foot-0 guard averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game last season. " April 25

  • UConn’s Amida Brimah to have shoulder surgery

    Register Citizen "UConn’s 7-foot freshman center Amida Brimah met with doctors Wednesday, and the decision has been made to have surgery on his left shoulder, according to Nana Baafi, his legal guardian. They hope to have the surgery done by the end of this week. “We’ll try to do it fast, so that he can get back..." April 24

  • UConn’s Amida Brimah to have shoulder surgery

    New Haven Register "UConn’s 7-foot freshman center Amida Brimah met with doctors Wednesday, and the decision has been made to have surgery on his left shoulder, according to Nana Baafi, his legal guardian. They hope to have the surgery done by the end of this week. “We’ll try to do it fast, so that he can get back..." April 24

  • Stay at UConn or go pro? Ryan Boatright facing ‘a big decision’

    The Beacon-News "Playing point guard for NCAA men’s basketball champion Connecticut requires Ryan Boatright to make snap decisions at both ends of the floor during a game. They’ve become second nature for the small but lightning quick junior from East Aurora. His next one, though, won’t be so easy. Will he..." April 21

  • UConn celebration sees arrests, vandalism "Jubilant fans celebrating UConn's Monday night national basketball championship win smashed a window in an engineering building, broke street lights and overturned furniture inside the school's student union building. Campus police had made 30 arrests by 1:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, while state police..." April 08

  • CHAMPIONS! UConn cuts down Kentucky 60-54

    Hartford Courant "Among Kevin Ollie's many notable phrases is "believing in the dark." He expects his players to believe, even when they can't see. When he took them to the site of the Final Four in January, he expected them to believe. When he grabbed the mic at Gampel Pavilion and told the 10,000 fans he..." April 08

  • Shabazz Napier most outstanding "Connecticut's exclusive club of elite guards welcomed a new member Monday night. Amid a rain of confetti, Shabazz Napier basked in the celebration on the court after being named the most outstanding player of the Final Four following the 60-54 win over Kentucky. "You're looking at the hungry..." April 08

  • National Title Preview: No. 7 UConn vs. No. 8 Kentucky

    College Basketball Talk "The college basketball season comes to a close tonight as No. 7 seed UConn squares off with No. 8 seed Kentucky in the national title game. Here is all you need to know about this matchup: WHEN: 9:10 p.m. ET (TBS) WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX MAJOR STORY LINES: No one has ever won a..." April 07

  • UConn's Shabazz Napier wins Bob Cousy Award "UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier picked up some hardware in advance of Monday night's national title game. Napier won the Bob Cousy Award, which is given out to the best point guard in college basketball. It's handed out by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Napier wins the..." April 07

  • National championship betting preview: Connecticut vs. Kentucky "Connecticut Huskies vs. Kentucky Wildcats (-3, 135) Connecticut has a strong chance at its second National Championship in four years, it just has to find a way to chase Aaron Harrison off the 3-point line late in the game. Harrison and No. 8 seed Kentucky aim for the school’s second..." April 07

  • Even As A Kid At Roxbury Y, Shabazz Was Something Special

    Hartford Courant "When the kids took the court at the Roxbury YMCA, hundreds of adults squeezed into the gym and the atmosphere was loud. The cheering and yelling was fuel for Shabazz Napier when he was 5, 6, and 7 years old. The kid who loved to mimic the Harlem Globetrotters always loved to perform in front of..." April 07

  • UConn men's bond extends offcourt as well

    Connecticut Post "DeAndre Daniels held nothing back when asked how the UConn Huskies celebrated their win Saturday night over Florida in the Final Four. "After the game we went to the hotel, showered, ate some chicken tacos and I couldn't really sleep," the UConn junior said. "I was tossing and turning all..." April 07

  • UConn Shocks Florida, Heads To National Championship

    Hartford Courant "The Huskies never seem to run out of surprises, never seem to run out of players, never seem to run out of resourcefulness. Nor will they run out of time. They have extended their season all the way to the national championship game. Florida, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, was..." April 06

  • UConn point guard Shabazz Napier wins 2014 Bob Cousy Award

    College Basketball Talk "One day after leading his Huskies to the second National Title game appearance of his four-year career, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier was the 2014 recipient of the Bob Cousy Award, given to college basketball’s best floor..." April 06

  • Ryan Boatright helps UConn field a super heroic backcourt

    USA Today "Ryan Boatright might as well go by Robin. He certainly doesn't seem to mind his role as Shabazz Napier's sidekick, the other half of Connecticut's dynamic backcourt – and often the afterthought. "It don't bother me," Boatright, a junior, said. "I've got good friends and family. They keep my..." April 05

  • Senior-powered Gators, Huskies soar to Final Four

    Florida Today "In an era when youth is being served, experience has paid off for the two teams meeting in the first Final Four semifinal at 6 tonight. Two of the most loyal and the most important seniors when Florida (36-2) faces UConn (30-8) for a spot in Monday's national title game are a guard with a..." April 05

  • Boatright Hasn't Decided, But Appears To Be Staying At UConn

    Hartford Courant "Ryan Boatright fielded a number of questions about the NBA on Friday. He wasn't ready to announce a decision, but it sounds as though he is leaning toward coming back for his senior season at UConn. "It's a lifetime dream to get to the NBA, so when I came to college, that was the goal and it..." April 05

  • Florida's Donovan Counting On Wilbekin To Slow Shabazz

    Hartford Courant "In the second game of their season, the Florida Gators traveled to Madison, Wisc., to face the nationally ranked Badgers. The Gators, then ranked 11th in the country, lost to No. 20 Wisconsin. A few weeks later, Florida's journey to Storrs resulted in a loss to Shabazz Napier and..." April 04

  • Omar Calhoun, Tyler Olander Still Making Big Contributions

    Hartford Courant "Tyler Olander started the last national championship game in which UConn participated. He did it as a freshman in 2011. Omar Calhoun, a highly rated recruit from New York, started the first 41 games of his career at UConn and averaged 10 points as a freshman in 2012-13. Normally, credentials..." April 03

  • UConn learned a lot from beating Florida on Dec. 2

    Florida Today "The first time Connecticut faced Florida on Dec. 2, it ended with a loose ball being tapped back to Shabazz Napier for a hoop and a 65-64 win at the buzzer. Each went on its own path. The Huskies (30-8) had some struggles before climbing through the East Region to claim a berth in the Final..." April 02

  • Look Who's Talking: Ollie Tells Daniels To Be More Vocal

    Hartford Courant "The message has been clear and direct from the moment that DeAndre Daniels stepped on the UConn campus. Speak up. Chat with your teammates. Communication equals success on the court, so use your voice. It took time before Daniels took the advice to heart. But when UConn coach Kevin Ollie..." April 02

  • Ollie Proud To Be Role Model For African American Coaches

    Hartford Courant "A recent study suggested that the hiring of African American coaches for major college programs has declined. So Kevin Ollie, on the national stage now that UConn is in the Final Four, can serve as an important model. He embraces that responsibility. "It's definitely a concern," Ollie said..." April 01

  • UConn Men Set For Return Trip To Texas, Return Game With Florida

    Hartford Courant "The UConn men have to take care of a little more business before heading to Texas. The Huskies are practicing at Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday, and will be available for interviews afterward. It should be quite a scene, with far more than the usual media present for this one. And this is only..." April 01

  • Gators, UConn are familiar foes facing off in Final Four

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It has been 30 games — and 30 wins — since the Florida Gators lost on a buzzer-beater at Connecticut. It might as well be 30 years to senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. "The game was such a long time ago," Wilbekin said. "It feels like forever." Much has changed during the four months..." April 01

  • Creighton's Doug McDermott leads Wooden All-America Team "Senior Doug McDermott is the headliners on the 10-member Wooden All-American Team announced Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The first team -- all finalists for the Wooden Award, presented by the LAAC to honor the college basketball player of the year -- features Creighton's McDermott,..." April 01

  • Florida looks to avenge December loss to UConn in Final Four

    The Gainesville Sun "After rolling his ankle while chasing a loose ball, Florida senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin stayed in the locker room in the closing minutes the last time Florida played at Connecticut. There was no TV, so Wilbekin was spared the heartbreak of watching UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier's..." April 01

  • Final Four Tickets Up 27% In Last Three Days Behind Underdogs UConn and Kentucky "The last time UConn won the National Championship, their road to the title started at Madison Square Garden. If they’re able to win their fourth national championship, the road will have once again passed through the World’s Most Famous Arena. After their second-consecutive upset win—against Iowa..." March 31

  • UConn Roars Back Against MSU; Reaches Final Four

    Hartford Courant "The trends were all going against UConn, a position in which the Huskies have found themselves many times, in many ways, the past couple of years. Michigan State had built a nine-point lead when coach Kevin Ollie called time out. "And when Coach looks at me in a certain way," Shabazz Napier..." March 31

  • Feeding DeAndre Daniels Satisfies The Whole UConn Team

    Hartford Courant "He missed his first shot. That is being too kind. DeAndre Daniels bricked his first shot, a three-point attempt that would have caved in the south side of Madison Square Garden if it hadn't bashed into the backboard. Daniels missed his second shot, too, a jumper with 7:11 left in the first half..." March 29

  • History favors Michigan State in Elite Eight game

    Detroit News "It might not be fair to two other teams in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, but when breaking down Michigan State’s chances of reaching the Final Four, a common belief in recent days is, get past Virginia in Friday’s regional semifinal and the Spartans will be headed to Arlington,..." March 29

  • Michigan State's next opponent, UConn, considers Madison Square Garden 'third home'

    Michigan Live "Early in Friday night’s game, when Michigan State took a lead over Virginia, the Spartans slapped their palms on the Madison Square Garden floor to generate enthusiasm in their East Regional game of the NCAA tournament. Later, in the second half, when they fell behind by four points amid a..." March 29

  • UConn Tops Iowa State, 81-76

    Hartford Courant "As boisterous UConn fans turned Madison Square Garden into their home arena, the Huskies rewarded their followers in the NCAA East Regional semifinal game Friday night. The Huskies seized control early and maintained a strong grip on Iowa State, holding on for an 81-76 Sweet 16 victory before a..." March 29