Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Tonight's game - weather

Tonight's UConn game against Seton Hall at 7:30 at Gampel Pavilion will go on as planned even with today's weather. The university still urges fans to check its Web site for details.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Notes and light reading

Here are some notes from yesterday's UConn-Georgia Tech game that did not make the Web version, only the print.


Georgia Tech’s Young impresses
Freshman proves why he is one of the best in the ACC

By Brett Orzechowski
Register Staff

ATLANTA – His first-half statistics were less than glamorous, but what Georgia Tech freshman Thaddeus Young was able to do on the wing and in the post during Sunday's game has been common this season for the 6-foot-8 forward from Memphis.

Young scored seven of his game-high 14 points in the first half on a series of jump hooks and later finished a difficult three-point play to show his strength. He also had 10 rebounds, three on the offensive end, to help the Yellow Jackets add some second-chance points. He remains Georgia Tech’s leading scorer and the top candidate for ACC freshman of the year, but his play has only accelerated his maturation level.

Joining him is freshman Javaris Crittenton, the Yellow Jackets’ second-leading scorer, who was limited to two first-half shots and just nine minutes of play due to foul trouble. Crittenton added 11 points after halftime.

The two are still freshmen, though, something University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun took note of during his postgame press conference.

“Youth for us cannot be an excuse. ... But they’re good. ... I know they’re good. I saw (Crittenton) make plays and he’s a freshman. Young made a couple of plays, too,” Calhoun said. “I know they’re good. We recruited them.”


The game took place in Morgantown, W. Va., one of the toughest venues to play in the Big East and where West Virginia has lost to just two non-conference opponents during coach John Beilein’s tenure, but it was still a victory over No. 3 UCLA.

Calhoun took notice of the win during Saturday’s practice at the Georgia Dome.

“It just helps the league out so much with West Virginia beating UCLA and shows that the league is stronger than people think,” Calhoun said. “For everyone, it was a big win.”

The Big East is now 2-2 against Pac-10 teams this season.


The announced crowd of 19,194 fell well short of what the Georgia Dome anticipated for Sunday afternoon’s dress rehearsal for the Final Four in front of a nationally televised audience.

Like the average UConn crowd, Georgia Tech fans arrived fashionably late and left early, even though the Yellow Jackets built a 22-point lead halfway through the second half. Still, the building was silent for most of the first half and there was little to appease the partisan Georgia Tech crowd, which did not fill in the conspicuous empty patches of seats.

Even though Alexander Memorial Coliseum sits one mile from the Dome, this was the Yellow Jackets’ first game this season at the site. The crowd was sparse, but the environment on the floor was different.

“It had everything you ever wanted, but of course, we have to make it to the tournament first before thinking about it, then we can get back here,” Crittenton said. “We got two games on the road coming up (at Florida State and Duke) and we haven’t won on the road in a good minute.”


UConn guard Doug Wiggins’ 3-pointer late in the first half was his first field goal in four games over a span of 48 minutes. … Young’s 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the first half for Georgia Tech was the fourth time this season a UConn opponent closed the half with a 3-pointer. … Official Jim Burr assessed a technical foul to Calhoun at 15:13 of the second half, the coach’s second of the season. .. Rob Garrison played two minutes in the second half, his first action since Louisville when he played one minute. He did not play in nine of the last 10 games.

Brett Orzechowski may be reached at

Here's some light reading - Herbert Hill, selection committee, Wright State and more

Some members of the national media were invited to participate in a mock NCAA Tournament selection. This story from the Rocky Mountain News makes a case for the task.

Some of the top players in the Big East this season have one thing on their side - experience. One of those players is Providence's Herbert Hill, who has gone from project to player.

There are few coaches in America like Creighton's Dana Altman. He's been at the school now for 13 years and will likely never leave Omaha, Neb. This is why.

The scene from Wright State's upset of Butler.

This weekend began the made-for-television drama that is Bracketbusters.

Here's a quick look at some of this week's mid-major madness.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Georgia Tech-UConn pregame notes

Some facts and numbers of note before Georgia Tech and UConn tip off in a little bit.

- For NCAA Tournament and RPI purposes, today's game is considered a home game for Georgia Tech despite it not being played on campus about a mile from here at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Yellow Jackets are also on the road after today and travel to Florida State and Duke. This is one of the toughest stretches of Georgia Tech's season.

- Despite a midseason lull, UConn is ranked No. 1 nationally in blocked shots, second in field-goal defense and third in rebound margin.

- UConn sophomore forward Jeff Adrien leads the Big East in double-doubles with 12 and has posted double-doubles in five of the last six games. Among sophomores, only Emeka Okafor (22 in 2002-03) and Charlie Villanueva (12 in 2004-05) have totaled as many double-doubles in their second season.

- The Huskies have yet to receive a Big East player of the week. Only freshman guard Jerome Dyson was honored for rookie of the week honors on Dec. 18.

- Pitt is the only Big East team to spend every week this season ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.

- Dyson is currently third in the Big East in scoring among freshman (12.0 ppg). Seton Hall's Eugene Harvey, who will join the Pirates for Wednesday's game at Gampel Pavilion against UConn, leads the conference (16.0 ppg). Dyson is also second in steals (1.7) behind Tory Jackson of Notre Dame.

- Hasheem Thabeet is second in rebounding (6.3 rpg). Syracuse's Paul Harris is first (7.0 rpg). Thabeet also leads the Big East in blocks (3.7) while Jonathan Mandeldove is third (1.2).