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UConn Men's Post: Highlights 00:02:33
The UConn men's basketball team continued its hot streak with a convincing 83-58 win over Furman.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Shonn Miller scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 19 UConn to an 83-58 win over Furman on Saturday.

Freshman guard Jalen Adams had the first double-digit game of his career with 14 points and six assists off the bench and Rodney Purvis added 13 points. UConn is 3-0 and hasn't been challenged this season with its three wins coming by an average of 29 points.

Video: UConn Post Game: Ollie, Miller on UConn's win

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UConn Men's Postgame: Highlights 00:02:21
The UConn men's basketball team defeated New Hampshire, 85-66, and Sterling Gibbs led the way with 21 points.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn turned to its perimeter game on Tuesday with its big men in early foul trouble and New Hampshire playing nothing but zone defense.

Sterling Gibbs responded by scoring 21 points and Rodney Purvis added 20 to lead the 19th-ranked Huskies to an 85-66 win over the Wildcats.

The two guards were a combined 10 of 19 from behind the arc, each getting five of the Huskies 13 3-point baskets.

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UConn Men's Post Game: UConn 00:01:58
The UConn men's basketball team opened its season with a dominating 100-56 win over Maine in which Sterling Gibbs scored 20 points.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) It didn't take long for UConn's two graduate transfers to step up for the Huskies.

Sterling Gibbs scored 20 points, Shonn Miller had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 20 UConn rolled over Maine 100-56 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

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UConn Men's Post Game: Reaction 00:02:29
Coach Kevin Ollie and guard Sterling Gibbs discuss UConn's season-opening win over Maine and how they can improve as the season goes on.

Coach Kevin Ollie and guard Sterling Gibbs discuss UConn's season-opening win over Maine and how they can improve as the season goes on.

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UConn Men's Season Preview 00:02:29
UConn men's basketball head coach Kevin Ollie discusses his desire to win and for his players to compete and bring energy.

UConn men's basketball head coach Kevin Ollie discusses his desire to win and for his players to compete and bring energy.

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Coach Kevin Ollie brought in two graduate transfers who are expected to play major roles this season. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
Coach Kevin Ollie brought in two graduate transfers who are expected to play major roles this season. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has added experience to an already veteran team, which is looking to bounce back from a disappointing season and perhaps make a run at a second national championship in three years.

After winning it all in 2014, the Huskies missed the NCAA Tournament last year, lost in the first round of the NIT and finished 20-15.

Coach Kevin Ollie responded by bringing in two graduate transfers who are expected to play major roles this season - guard Sterling Gibbs from Seton Hall and forward Shonn Miller from Cornell.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder may fire their head coach, according to reports. If they do, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie would be a candidate for the position, according to Yahoo Sports (April 16).

"Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie would be a candidate for the Thunder's coaching job if it opens, league sources told Yahoo Sports," reporter Adrian Wojnarowski wrote.

"Ollie was a teammate with [Kevin] Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and he's an individual whom [GM Sam] Presti holds in high esteem."

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Terrence Samuel played a key role in Saturday's 62-56 win over Cincinnati. Credit: USA Today.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Terrence Samuel is going to have better games in his career at UConn.

The sophomore guard played 17 minutes on Saturday morning/afternoon against Cincinnati and had no points, no assists and one turnover.

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UConn sits in a precarious position heading into their final tune-up against Central Connecticut on Sunday at noon at the XL Center (1 p.m., SNY).

UConn, coming off a win over Columbia, is 5-4 on the season. It's a record the Huskies aren't used to having, but the American Athletic Conference's weakness has led the Huskies to invert their schedule.

UConn went hard in the non-conference, Texas, Duke, West Virginia, and even has dates left with Stanford and Florida.

Tags: Kevin Ollie, Men's Basketball, Rodney Purvis, Ryan Boatright, Sam Cassell, Terrence Samuel, UCONN, UConn
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UConn guard Ryan Boatright is leading the Huskies in scoring at 19.2 points per game.

UConn (4-4) will play its final game pre-Christmas on Monday night against Columbia at 7:30 p.m. on SNY at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie swears its going to turn around. UConn is 4-4, a rare mediocre record this time of year for UConn, with the fifth toughest strength of schedule in the country, and its mainly because of one thing -- shooting. ?

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Recap: Duke (10-0) held off UConn (4-4)?66-56 at the Izod Center on Thursday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


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UConn and Duke have played 9 times all-time, including two games from before 1990.

The Hartford Courant has a look back at each game of the series here. H/T to the Courant for jogging my memory.

Here are some of the more memorable and impactful games of the two top programs in college basketball the last 30 years.

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Ryan Boatright and the Huskies will take on Duke on Thursday at the Izod Center.

UConn (4-3) could desperately use an early season marquee win and will get a chance tonight as it faces No. 2 Duke at the Izod Center, Duke's Northeastern home for basketball where it is 20-1 all-time. ?Game time is 8:00 p.m. and will be on ESPN.

UConn is 4-3, but is literally 5 seconds -- 2 last second jumpers -- from being 6-1 and ranked facing Duke. The Huskies rebounded for three straight losses to rout Coppin State on Sunday. Head coach Kevin Ollie likes the speed and pace the Huskies were playing at and would like to see an uptempo game against Duke, which is 9-0 to begin the season. UConn's RPI right now is 83, and that would put them out of the NCAAs. That will improve with victories, but a win over a Top 5 program will be a statement with few chances left this season for this type of victory.

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Recap: UConn snapped a three-game losing streak with an 106-85 win over Coppin State on Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford.


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STORRS, Conn. -- UConn is likely not to be at full strength when the Huskies take the court on Sunday against Coppin State (4 p.m, SNY)

The Huskies have been off since a Dec. 5 loss to Yale at home and the nine days to heal a multitude of injuries still needs more time.

Ryan Boatright (ankle) also has a bruise on his left leg courtesy of Terrence Samuel kick. It's the same leg as his bum ankle, but he expects to play. Rodney Purvis, who was in effective in the loss to Yale and didn't play in the second half, is improved and will be a game-time decision. He would appear likely to go.

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STORRS, Conn. -- Kevin Ollie pulled freshman Rakim Lubin over and told his burly forward the truth. ?

"The only way you gonna play?is if you rebound," Ollie said.

Lubin was matched up in a 1-on-1 rebounding drill and was too passive for the UConn men's head coach's liking. Lubin, 260-pounds, has to hit the boards aggressively. Everyone on UConn is going to have to hit the boards. The message was sent on the first day.

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Sam Cassell Jr. is on campus, Rakim Lubin and Daniel Hamilton?are coming later this month, and Kevin Ollie has a new five-year contract.?

What's a coach to do?

Go golfing of course.

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UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning to talk about his newly minted contract. ?

Ollie signed a 5 year, $15 million deal with the school on Thursday that will begin with $2.8 million deal in 2014-15 and increase to as ?high as $3.2 million in his final year.

Ollie has a $5 million buyout and it reduces by $1 million every year of the deal.

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UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and the school announced their long awaited contract extension.

Ollie signed a 5-year deal that will pay him $2.8 million the first year and $3.2 million the final year.? It's a $15 million total deal for the 41-year old Ollie.

Ollie also has a contract buyout if he leaves, $5 million the first year and decreasing to one million in the final year of the deal.

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Kevin Ollie will stay at UConn, thanks to a new contract extension (Wojnarowski, May 19).

Ollie will earn $3 million annually, according to the report.

Rumors were swirling that Ollie could jump to the NBA, as he was mentioned in nearly every vacant head coach position that opened up.

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UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie is a man with options.

Six weeks after winning his first national title as coach, 18 months after taking over the program and four years removed from the NBA, Ollie is sought after.

UConn is working on an extension that will at a minimum double his salary to over $2.6 million per year.

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For a coach that is reported to have a lot of NBA interest, UConn coach Kevin Ollie hasn't shied away from public appearances. ?

Ollie was in Hartford on Friday to unveil the American Athletic Conference 2015 tournament logo, which was going to be played in Hartford and continues to dismiss all talk of his jumping to the NBA.

Ollie was in New York at the New York Athletic Club to receive an award on Wednesday, and in Hartford on Friday.

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Kevin Ollie sent out a tweet on Tuesday that was meant to stop concerns he could be leaving for the NBA.

https://twitter.com/CoachKO_UConn/status/463748024947458048

Ollie will be in DC today for a leadership conference at the Pentagon where he and Geno Auriemma will be featured on a panel.

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If you want to bet on who the next Los Angeles Lakers coach is going to be, Byron Scott and UConn coach Kevin Ollie are the favorites at 7-2.

Ollie, a month after a national championship, continues to to get a lot of talk as someone the Lakers want to approach about their head coaching job. UConn's 41-year old head coach's name is all over California media types lists.

Bill Reiter from Foxsports1 has the Lakers planning on talking to Ollie in the coming days and weeks.

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Fresh off a national championship, UConn coach Kevin Ollie is going to be in demand.

UConn's head coach -- off a national championship in his first time in the NCAA tournament -- is going to be contacted by the Lakers about their head coaching job according to ESPN.

Here are the specifics from ESPN:

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DeAndre Daniels dunked the ball against Florida on Saturday. UConn plays for the national title on Monday night.

Kevin Ollie grabbed the microphone at UConn's final home game of the year and told the crowd that remained that he plans on coming back to Gampel in early April to celebrate a national title.

UConn was barely just ranked at the time, was a couple of days before being drubbed by 33 at Louisville, and perhaps the only one who believed that UConn was setting up for another title run was Ollie himself.

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UConn coach and players met the media in New York on Thursday in preparation for Friday night's Sweet 16 matchup against Iowa State.

Head coach Kevin Ollie and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg have a long relationship that goes back to high school. Ollie, from South Central, L.A., and Hoiberg, from Ames, Ia., met each other as seniors on a recruiting trip to Arizona.

Hoiberg stayed local, going to Iowa State while Ollie went 3,000 miles East to Storrs, Conn.

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Kevin Ollie got his first win of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. On Friday, the guy who won three national championships at UConn and led the team from a regional to a national program may want to get back in.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported on Friday that Calhoun has interest in the vacant Boston College position, citing , multiple unnamed sources. Calhoun, from Boston, always had a rough relationship with the BC program in his tenure at UConn, but the Hall of Fame coach left the door open on coaching last week at the American Athletic Conference tournament by refusing to say he's done coaching.

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Ignore the seed, look at the draw.

For UConn, a No. 7 seed in the East in Buffalo, it doesn't look as terrible as getting a No. 7 seed would suggest.

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UConn forward DeAndre Daniels is in a boot, and didn't practice, but head coach Kevin Ollie didn't rule him out for Thursday's game against Houston.

Speaking to reporters after practice on Wednesday, Ollie gave Daniels a 60-65 percent health rating and said the probability of him playing will determined during shoot-arounds on Thursday.

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This is not how Kevin Ollie and the UConn men's basketball team wanted to begin the New Year. ?

Just about the time the ball was dropping in New York City on Tuesday, the Huskies were picking up the pieces of a stunning 75-71 loss to Houston.

The Huskies were down by as many as 21 before rallying in the second half as Shabazz Napier scored 25 of his 27 points in the second 20 minutes.

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