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Who will win this game?
Connecticut
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UCLA
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PostPosted: 11/19/17 10:29 pm    ::: Connecticut @ UCLA - 11/21/17 Reply Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 11/20/17 3:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Very excited for this matchup! Pauley, I understand, will be pretty packed for this game. That’s as it should be! Hopefully we’ll all be treated to a good one.

Massey calls UConn an 8-point favorite, and even that seems generous to the Bruins. Still, Miss. St. proved that it's at least theoretically possible! The Bulldogs didn’t beat UConn with their shooting, they did it with defense (particularly interior defense) and rebounding, and that's probably the only way UCLA can hope to duplicate the achievement.

I expect we'll know whether or not it's in the cards by halftime. If, after 2 quarters, the Huskies have racked up about 47 points (which is their halftime average so far this season), that probably means the Bruins are just not gonna be up to this particular task, and I'll officially commence with feeling sad, because I'll know that my Bruins are gonna lose. But! However! If I look up come halftime and see that the Bruins have *somehow* managed to hold the Huskies to something like 35 points? Oh baby, buckle on up, because that means the game is on for real!

Go Bruins!


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 8:08 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

patsweetpat wrote:
Very excited for this matchup! Pauley, I understand, will be pretty packed for this game. That’s as it should be! Hopefully we’ll all be treated to a good one.

Massey calls UConn an 8-point favorite, and even that seems generous to the Bruins. Still, Miss. St. proved that it's at least theoretically possible! The Bulldogs didn’t beat UConn with their shooting, they did it with defense (particularly interior defense) and rebounding, and that's probably the only way UCLA can hope to duplicate the achievement.

I expect we'll know whether or not it's in the cards by halftime. If, after 2 quarters, the Huskies have racked up about 47 points (which is their halftime average so far this season), that probably means the Bruins are just not gonna be up to this particular task, and I'll officially commence with feeling sad, because I'll know that my Bruins are gonna lose. But! However! If I look up come halftime and see that the Bruins have *somehow* managed to hold the Huskies to something like 35 points? Oh baby, buckle on up, because that means the game is on for real!

Go Bruins!
Agree, this is going to be a tough game for my Huskies but the Bull Dog analogy is a bit skewed as now UCONN has a bonifide presence in the middle with Azura allowing Gabby and Naphessa more opportunities to play their natural positions.



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PostPosted: 11/20/17 8:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This game will be over before the first quarter ends.


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 10:10 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ay Mate wrote:
This game will be over before the first quarter ends.


Maybe! We'll see! Best of luck to your Huskies!


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 12:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

99% of the Earth's surface will be rooting for UCLA. This should definitely be UConn's toughest game yet and one of the five toughest of the season.

Last season UCLA was one of three teams to score more than 70 points against UConn, losing by 15 in the Sweet 16.

Especially if Samuelson is out, beating UConn is theoretically simple but practically difficult, as positive and negative luck has to be involved. UCLA must:

1. Not, not, not turn the ball over. Don't let UConn get fast break or secondary break baskets. Force UConn into its half court offense.

2. Deny UConn three-point baskets. This involves some luck -- UConn simply has to be cold. However, if there is no Samuelson, the three-point defense need only focus on Nurse and Dangerfield. Geno will only play six players, and neither Collier, Williams, Stevens nor Walker are serious three-point threats.

3. Hit a lot of their own three-point shots. This also involves luck -- UCLA simply has to be hot.

If UCLA can accomplish these three objectives, UConn will have to win with its interior half court offense, which has not yet been as impressive this season as last.
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PostPosted: 11/20/17 12:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Can't wait to watch this one. Jordin Canada is so so special!


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 1:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So far UConn's defense has been aided by teams with limited guard play. Canada will be the first AA type guard UConn will have faced.

With UConn playing it's third game in 5 days and short their AA wing it should be a battle if UCLA can maintain it's composure in the 1st half.


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 2:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

At the first sign of trouble, Canada will have to resist her usual inclination to play hero ball or she will just dig the hole deeper.

Stick to the game plan.


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 3:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Dangerfield vs. Canada should be the intriguing match up.


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 6:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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At the first sign of trouble, Canada will have to resist her usual inclination to play hero ball or she will just dig the hole deeper.

Stick to the game plan.


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PostPosted: 11/20/17 8:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I predict a win for the home team, for these reasons:

-KLS injury.
-Collier funk.
-Travel effect.
-UConn lack of 100% concentration 100% of the time.
-Canada/Billings talent.
-Revenge factor.
-After their performance in the semis last year, UConn mettle unproven.



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PostPosted: 11/21/17 11:01 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Trolling and counter-trolling. Getting excited!

https://twitter.com/UConnWBB/status/932752106087358464


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 12:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Today's players can't appreciate how many great historic games were played in Pauley where the men's team back in the Wooden era played the same unselfish passing oriented offensive style and lost about as many times as UConn's women lose at Gampel. But you can see that Geno is like a kid visiting Yankee Stadium for the first time.


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 1:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's gonna be fun to watch Geno coach in Pauley.


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 3:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

...just gonna' drop this here, for luck. Wink



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PostPosted: 11/21/17 4:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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99% of the Earth's surface will be rooting for UCLA. This should definitely be UConn's toughest game yet and one of the five toughest of the season.

Last season UCLA was one of three teams to score more than 70 points against UConn, losing by 15 in the Sweet 16.

Especially if Samuelson is out, beating UConn is theoretically simple but practically difficult, as positive and negative luck has to be involved. UCLA must:

1. Not, not, not turn the ball over. Don't let UConn get fast break or secondary break baskets. Force UConn into its half court offense.

2. Deny UConn three-point baskets. This involves some luck -- UConn simply has to be cold. However, if there is no Samuelson, the three-point defense need only focus on Nurse and Dangerfield. Geno will only play six players, and neither Collier, Williams, Stevens nor Walker are serious three-point threats.

3. Hit a lot of their own three-point shots. This also involves luck -- UCLA simply has to be hot.

If UCLA can accomplish these three objectives, UConn will have to win with its interior half court offense, which has not yet been as impressive this season as last.


4. Get UConn into foul trouble while staying out of it yourself. Difficult to do, but the Husky bench has yet to impress this year.



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PostPosted: 11/21/17 4:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
GlennMacGrady wrote:
99% of the Earth's surface will be rooting for UCLA. This should definitely be UConn's toughest game yet and one of the five toughest of the season.

Last season UCLA was one of three teams to score more than 70 points against UConn, losing by 15 in the Sweet 16.

Especially if Samuelson is out, beating UConn is theoretically simple but practically difficult, as positive and negative luck has to be involved. UCLA must:

1. Not, not, not turn the ball over. Don't let UConn get fast break or secondary break baskets. Force UConn into its half court offense.

2. Deny UConn three-point baskets. This involves some luck -- UConn simply has to be cold. However, if there is no Samuelson, the three-point defense need only focus on Nurse and Dangerfield. Geno will only play six players, and neither Collier, Williams, Stevens nor Walker are serious three-point threats.

3. Hit a lot of their own three-point shots. This also involves luck -- UCLA simply has to be hot.

If UCLA can accomplish these three objectives, UConn will have to win with its interior half court offense, which has not yet been as impressive this season as last.


4. Get UConn into foul trouble while staying out of it yourself. Difficult to do, but the Husky bench has yet to impress this year.


It is difficult because UConn is among the NCAA leaders every year in fewest fouls committed.

The most probable candidate is Stevens. Someone on the staff said that she was still not up to speed on playing UConn's man-to-man defense because all she ever played at Duke was zone . . . and, of course, no one plays defense in high school or AAU.

Next most likely, based on last season, would be Collier.
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PostPosted: 11/21/17 5:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

stever wrote:
...just gonna' drop this here, for luck. Wink


First The Wizard,

now the Wiz.

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htf are images posted here. Mad Laughing



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PostPosted: 11/21/17 10:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Great start.

Glad to see Collier back on track.



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PostPosted: 11/21/17 10:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UCLA needs to settle down.

Collier having a good night so far.


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 10:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UCLA takes half their 1st period shots from behind the arc, hitting one. UConn led by dead-eye inside scorer Collier with 10 and defensive wizard Wiliams with 7 rbs.


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 10:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UCLA sort of followed the MacMyrtle game plan, except they didn't have luck hitting threes, they didn't draw fouls on UConn, and UConn executed well on their half court inside game.
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PostPosted: 11/21/17 10:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UCLA takes half their 1st period shots from behind the arc, hitting one. UConn led by dead-eye inside scorer Collier with 10 and defensive wizard Wiliams with 7 rbs.


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 11:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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UCLA takes half their 1st period shots from behind the arc, hitting one. UConn led by dead-eye inside scorer Collier with 10 and defensive wizard Wiliams with 7 rbs.


I'm sitting right near the basket and I would call at least half of Gabby's defensive wizardry as getting away with fouls on bigger players.


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 11:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

holy shit Walker made a 3! Very good sign.



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OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lmao



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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!



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Megan Walker picks an opportune time to find her shooting touch. 3 huge 3's for CT.


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Damn Megan Walker ruining my hope for a tight game!


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Katie Lou who?

We got Walker. Laughing



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That was a bogus foul (#2) on Stevens. She jumped straight up and the shooter jumped into her. That baseline ref has made every foul call on UConn. Most were good calls but a lot of UCLA defensive arm grabs are being "missed" at the other end.

West coast bias I guess. Very Happy


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The Bruins are doing a great job defensively except that Uconn is making it's there's. The Hussies are clogging the lane to Jordin and Monique have little to no room to operate.


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That was a bogus foul (#2) on Stevens. She jumped straight up and the shooter jumped into her. That baseline ref has made every foul call on UConn. Most were good calls but a lot of UCLA defensive arm grabs are being "missed" at the other end.

West coast bias I guess. Very Happy


I've seen Ucomn get away with a lot underneath especially by Collier and Williams especially in the first quarter.


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Looks like UCLA has abandoned their up and down style for the MissSt "use 28 seconds of the clock every possession" slowdown game. It may be strategically correct but it is not a very exciting thing to watch.


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PostPosted: 11/21/17 11:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Kobe and family are here.

I've seen a few WNBA coaches and GMs. They seem to be having.a reunion near the student section at the half. Essence Carson is also here. Strangely, Sadie Edwards from USC is talking to Fred Williams.




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PostPosted: 11/21/17 11:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Walker subbing in for Williams gave UConn a huge and unexpected (to me) offensive boost.

Walker and Collier are like two Larry Talbots who finally found wolfbane in Pauley.
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PostPosted: 11/21/17 11:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Bruins showing no inside game and klutzy entry passing.
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Jordin Canadas Body language very sucky this game and its hurting her team. She needs to continue to be aggressive and not let her individual performance dictate the teams mindset. UCLA did not believe they could win and it shows.



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PostPosted: 11/21/17 11:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Poor UCLA. It just seems like they can't move in the paint or penetrate in the lane. It's as if UConn is playing 7 vs. 5 on defense.


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key 3rd period stat: UCLA 9 to's UConn 2 to's.


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I cant put my finger on it but Anyone else see flashes of Tina Thompson in Napheesa's game?



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UCLA did not believe they could win and it shows.


The UConn mystique is powerful



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As mediocre as UConn's half court game has been this season, UCLA's this game has been bad. Slowdown isn't UCLA's style. And in the 3rd period their defense started to break down, giving UConn lots of lanes to the basket.

I don't know that an up tempo style would have been much more effective but at least they would be playing to their strength. Instead they tried to play to UConn's weakness.


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I think UCLA has hit the side of backboard more than they've made shots tonight. Shocked



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PostPosted: 11/22/17 12:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Disappointed. Was hoping for a more competitive and interesting game this this turned out to be.

Wonder how much Williams impressed the pro scouts in this game. She played well on defense and the boards, but didn't stand out offensively.
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She’s baaack!!!! Phessie!!!!!



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PostPosted: 11/22/17 12:32 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Not mentioned on this thread was the most obvious. Cori Close could not compete with Geno.

Talent wise, this is a wonderful team she has assembled but they looked completely leaderless.


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And once again UConn was outscored in the 4th period.

Horrors! Shocked


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