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PostPosted: 04/25/18 2:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I going with Williams as a freshman starter because she fits a team need, I would put her in a similar situation as Doty.
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PostPosted: 04/25/18 2:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nice Glenn and so eloquently put.

Or Uconn lost with the help of some real bogus nonexistent calls ona great last second shot. And the sun is shining and the sky is not falling.


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PostPosted: 04/25/18 2:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Nice Glenn and so eloquently put.

Or Uconn lost with the help of some real bogus nonexistent calls ona great last second shot. And the sun is shining and the sky is not falling.


UCONN had that game lost twice end of regulation and OT . Both times the refs did not decide. Glen & AC both have great points of why either team was better or more successful throughout the 2017-2018 .



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Uconn had 3 of its main players with 4 fouls in regulation, of course that affects the game in many ways, that is a fact. The other speculations about bench minutes etc are not facts, they are speculative and there is nothing wrong with that.


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PostPosted: 04/25/18 2:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sounds like a a poster needs the suicide hotline to me. I was wondering why all the posters were on this thread Laughing

C'mon Dub still waiting for you to spill the beanies on Baylor and you know those refs were horrible for all the final four games.


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PostPosted: 04/25/18 3:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Or this: Geno Auriemma is a great coach who might be on a very slight downslope at this point in his career. UConn didn't quite live up to expectations this year but was still very, very good -- and will likely be very, very good for a while.

Dynasties do not last forever. They inevitably and invariably fade, whether they be Chinese imperial families or professional sports monoliths. UConn had one of the great runs in women's basketball, if not collegiate, history, and it appears to be ending -- though the lion in winter will still have sharp claws and teeth, and plenty enough speed and strength to hold off all but the most prepared challengers.

From my far-away perspective, no blame anywhere. The wheel turns, and now it looks like it's Notre Dame's turn to be on top for a while -- and let's see how long Muffet can keep the mandate of heaven shining in South Bend.



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Or this: Geno Auriemma is a great coach who might be on a very slight downslope at this point in his career. UConn didn't quite live up to expectations this year but was still very, very good -- and will likely be very, very good for a while.

Dynasties do not last forever. They inevitably and invariably fade, whether they be Chinese imperial families or professional sports monoliths. UConn had one of the great runs in women's basketball, if not collegiate, history, and it appears to be ending -- though the lion in winter will still have sharp claws and teeth, and plenty enough speed and strength to hold off all but the most prepared challengers.

From my far-away perspective, no blame anywhere. The wheel turns, and now it looks like it's Notre Dame's turn to be on top for a while -- and let's see how long Muffet can keep the mandate of heaven shining in South Bend.


I agree. The wheel is turning towards ND.

I was not upset when we lost to Miss State. Of course I thought the end of game execution (Chong) was it's usual hideous self but if we were able to go undefeated and win a title after losing Stewart, Tuck, and Mo they should have gotten rid of the sport. It was time.

But I believe us throwing it away to ND and the way ND won (became media darlings, dramatic exciting wins, huge media exposure, recruits now know u can win a title at ND)) will have dramatic lasting effects. For starters we are now guaranteed 3 years of no UConn title as they will certainly not win next year. And if it's ND again they def have the title of premier program currently in WCBB. ND already had the conference over UConn (which I think is also a huge reason UConn went down in the fashion they did the last 2 years). Now they have the intangibles and buzz.

And all of it was preventable. All of it. I called the UConn loss back in February when it was obvious the same mistakes were being repeated. I sounded the alarm bell in December when the team was clearly alarmingly disjointed for a team that returned so much. This year will have a BIG impact on this sport going forward. Anyone who is a true UConn fan should be sick about what the coming change means. HINT: Be prepared to see a lot of Muffett cutting down the nets in April.


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PostPosted: 04/25/18 3:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nixtreefan wrote:
Sounds like a a poster needs the suicide hotline to me. I was wondering why all the posters were on this thread Laughing

C'mon Dub still waiting for you to spill the beanies on Baylor and you know those refs were horrible for all the final four games.


Yes Nix , i do agree the refs are horrible . They always are , on every level . Not only the Final 4 and referring to Baylor i was actually asked to simmer down a bit by some Waco outlets. I was not aware it was such a "Sensitive" topic . If a player wants out then get the hell out if you ask me but thats not my place as ive been reminded.



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Damn, don't take any schtick from them.


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PostPosted: 04/25/18 4:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hartford Courant with a new beat writer next year for women's basketball. My guess is she won't comment on hot cheerleaders like Altavilla or rain on a high schooler announcing her choice like Anthony.

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And the Female Athlete of the Year Award winner goes to ... Gabby Williams from @UConnWBB!


How can this be? Geno was pushing Samuelson for Player of the year!


Who were these awards voted by, all Uconn student athletes, the student body, people in the athletic department, fans?



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PostPosted: 04/25/18 10:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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allenleavell wrote:
PhillyCat wrote:
Best of luck to Samantha. She seems like a great kid.

The Hartford Courant story was just stupid and makes the UConn staff look ridiculous and petty. The more credible beat writers (Adamec and Fuller) know what happened and wrote nothing. Adamec, who knows the most about what happened, wished Samantha well on twitter which is what one would expect from Carl.

Of course Samantha was offered and then the UConn staff lost interest and essentially stopped communicating with her after she visited around New Year's. According to a family member who posted on the UConn board, she couldn't confirm whether the offer was still on the table. I'm told she tried to commit. Whatever. She should have been able to have her day without the Courant's stupid story.


All offers have a time limit for most staff. They put them out there and If the recruit does not commit by a certain time they move on to the next recruit. That how coaches do business.


Where in the world did you ever hear such a thing.

For star players offers are "We'll wait for your answer as long as you need us to wait." Since UConn never comes near the 15 limit and has zero 2019 verbals, the notion that the offer for the top rated recruit in the country "expired" is ludicrous.

This just keeps getting more absurd by the day. First she never had an offer. Then she had one and tried to commit but they wouldn't accept her commitment. And now the offer had some senseless "use before" shelf life that expired 8 months before the early commitment period even begins.

Anyone got a better fairy tail they'd like to spin? Some people will jump through an awful lot of hoops to try to convince themselves and others that a top recruit didn't simply tell Geno "No thanks".

The list of people who have done that is actually pretty long. Not sure why some people insist on pretending otherwise.


Believe what you want. I believe what her Dad said on the UConn board.




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PostPosted: 04/25/18 10:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

PhillyCat wrote:
ArtBest23 wrote:
allenleavell wrote:
PhillyCat wrote:
Best of luck to Samantha. She seems like a great kid.

The Hartford Courant story was just stupid and makes the UConn staff look ridiculous and petty. The more credible beat writers (Adamec and Fuller) know what happened and wrote nothing. Adamec, who knows the most about what happened, wished Samantha well on twitter which is what one would expect from Carl.

Of course Samantha was offered and then the UConn staff lost interest and essentially stopped communicating with her after she visited around New Year's. According to a family member who posted on the UConn board, she couldn't confirm whether the offer was still on the table. I'm told she tried to commit. Whatever. She should have been able to have her day without the Courant's stupid story.


All offers have a time limit for most staff. They put them out there and If the recruit does not commit by a certain time they move on to the next recruit. That how coaches do business.


Where in the world did you ever hear such a thing.

For star players offers are "We'll wait for your answer as long as you need us to wait." Since UConn never comes near the 15 limit and has zero 2019 verbals, the notion that the offer for the top rated recruit in the country "expired" is ludicrous.

This just keeps getting more absurd by the day. First she never had an offer. Then she had one and tried to commit but they wouldn't accept her commitment. And now the offer had some senseless "use before" shelf life that expired 8 months before the early commitment period even begins.

Anyone got a better fairy tail they'd like to spin? Some people will jump through an awful lot of hoops to try to convince themselves and others that a top recruit didn't simply tell Geno "No thanks".

The list of people who have done that is actually pretty long. Not sure why some people insist on pretending otherwise.


Believe what you want. I believe what her Dad said on the UConn board.

Are you suggesting that Dolphan was Sam's Dad?


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PostPosted: 04/26/18 4:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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But I believe us throwing it away to ND and the way ND won (became media darlings, dramatic exciting wins, huge media exposure, recruits now know u can win a title at ND)) will have dramatic lasting effects.


BTW, this reminds me of something that used to make me so mad. For the few years after 2001, every time that ESPN Classic (or whatever they called themselves at that time) would show ND-UConn, they always showed the BET game from 2001 and never the Jan 15 or Final Four game, because those two games were 16 and 15 point victories, while the BET game came down to a last second shot.

ND's first 3 wins against UConn were by 16 points, 15 points, and 15 points (two in 2001, one in 2004). That's 46 points. What's really weird, in a "not really of any meaningful importance" way is that UConn's first 3 wins against ND (the first 3 games of the series) were by 23, 7, and 17 points, for a combined 47 points, which is just one more than ND's first 3 game margin of victories.

However, in the last 10 or so years, ND has been winning the close games while UConn, when they win, are usually winning by 10+ points.

My point is that outside of last year's regular season game, the "exciting" games in the series (IOW, the close ones that the network figures would be "fun to watch") are now tilted towards ND, so those are the ones they're more likely to broadcast in the "history of the series" sessions.


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bballjunkie wrote:
Nice Glenn and so eloquently put.

Or Uconn lost with the help of some real bogus nonexistent calls ona great last second shot. And the sun is shining and the sky is not falling.


UCONN had that game lost twice end of regulation and OT . Both times the refs did not decide. Glen & AC both have great points of why either team was better or more successful throughout the 2017-2018 .


If you want to get technical, the refs kind of did decide in regulation. Nurse actually walked before she had the game tying layup... Wink


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The thing is, you can’t just pick a last minute play of a game and blame the refs for a call or a non-call. During a four quarter game, there are often a dozen or more close calls or non-calls, and any one of them could potentially make a difference in the outcome of the game. This includes travel calls, moving screens not called, or the level of contact allowed at different points of the game. Players make mistakes, and refs make mistakes. We are all human.


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PostPosted: 04/26/18 8:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yes Dolphan was Sams dad and all of the comments about Uconn not showing any interest fit with the timeline and the fact that Uconn moved on and were recruiting other players. Which is why the 1 reporter got a little ahead of himself as Sam said she chose between 3 schools when in fact there were only 2. As pointed out, that reporter is no longer covering Uconn.


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PostPosted: 04/26/18 6:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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After this weekend, it is rumored that Geno is fantasizing on anti-social media that he can win his 13th and final NC in 2024 with a lineup of Hailey Van Lith, Caitlin Clark, Sasha Goforth, Destiny Adams and Cameron Brink.

However, Paige Bueckers and Azzi Fudd, wherever they may be, will have a strong say about that.


Last weekend, of course, had big AAU tournaments in the East and West.

In the just revised ESPNW HoopGurlz rankings for 2020, Brink, Clark, Van Lith, and Goforth are #'s 1, 2, 3 and 8. Adams, from New Jersey, is listed #1 in the 2021 class but that's only because that list in in alphabetical order.

As for 2019, Brunelle remains #1 while Haley Jones moves up to #2. Sadly, Laeticia Amihere (@theblackqueen of Canada) has dropped to #4 in 2019 because she has a serious double-ligament knee injury, which has prevented her from playing since October 2017.

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While playing for her high school team in late October, she suffered a complete tear of her anterior-cruciate ligament in her left knee. She also suffered a second-degree tear in the lateral-collateral ligament.

She is still waiting for surgery and the injury has cast doubt on basketball playing for the 2018 season.


Speculatively summarizing, UConn would be in good recruiting shape for 2019 if they got Jones, Boston and a well-recovered Amihere, although that would still leave them lacking an elite guard to back up Crystal Dangerfield and Christyn Williams.

2020 is stacked with point guards, so even if Paige Bueckers ("better at this stage than Taurasi" - Geno) is destined for Notre Dame with her "big sister" Sam Brunelle, UConn will be in good point guard shape if they can pick up Clark or Van Lith -- and then get Brink at center and someone like Goforth at forward.

2021 is the Year of Fudd, the most hyped high school player since Brittney Griner, but even if she too is destined for the mighty Irish Shillelagh Machine, UConn can get a strong class with Destiny Adams of New Jersey and Amari DeBerry of New York.

Of course, if Bueckers and Fudd are still in play, that will liven things up considerably in the recruiting wars.
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wow. Why hasn't Amihere had surgery?



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myrtle wrote:
wow. Why hasn't Amihere had surgery?


That article was written on December 21, 2017, so I'm not sure whether she's had surgery or not yet, and a 20 second Google search didn't locate anything.

I should point out that it may be difficult for UConn or any right coast team to get 2020's Brink and Van Lith out of the the Pacific northwest given the strong resurgence of the Pac 12. So also for 2019's Haley Jones, who was generally considered to remain on the west coast until she took unofficial visits to South Carolina and Texas on her own dime. I think that's when UConn and lots of other teams poured in for home visits.
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If Bueckers and Fudd are gonna go where Brunelle went doesn't that make UConn's decision to back off Brunelle and not offer her per the Courant a dereliction of duty?


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GlennMacGrady wrote:
myrtle wrote:
wow. Why hasn't Amihere had surgery?


That article was written on December 21, 2017, so I'm not sure whether she's had surgery or not yet, and a 20 second Google search didn't locate anything.

I should point out that it may be difficult for UConn or any right coast team to get 2020's Brink and Van Lith out of the the Pacific northwest given the strong resurgence of the Pac 12. So also for 2019's Haley Jones, who was generally considered to remain on the west coast until she took unofficial visits to South Carolina and Texas on her own dime. I think that's when UConn and lots of other teams poured in for home visits.


well that's a good thing about West Coasters. About time we kept the best.



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PostPosted: 04/27/18 9:52 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Yes Dolphan was Sams dad and all of the comments about Uconn not showing any interest fit with the timeline and the fact that Uconn moved on and were recruiting other players.


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Yeah especially if you want to call a coach a liar, IP addresses will just bite you in the ass.


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Or this: Geno Auriemma is a great coach who might be on a very slight downslope at this point in his career. UConn didn't quite live up to expectations this year but was still very, very good -- and will likely be very, very good for a while.

Dynasties do not last forever. They inevitably and invariably fade, whether they be Chinese imperial families or professional sports monoliths. UConn had one of the great runs in women's basketball, if not collegiate, history, and it appears to be ending -- though the lion in winter will still have sharp claws and teeth, and plenty enough speed and strength to hold off all but the most prepared challengers.

From my far-away perspective, no blame anywhere. The wheel turns, and now it looks like it's Notre Dame's turn to be on top for a while -- and let's see how long Muffet can keep the mandate of heaven shining in South Bend.


Nicely put, Clay. It happens to every dynasty sooner or later. No shame in it, it's just history. UConn will always be good, at least until Geno retires and probably on after that. It just won't be what it was at its peak....and there's nothing wrong with that. It's the way things are.



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Or this: Geno Auriemma is a great coach who might be on a very slight downslope at this point in his career. UConn didn't quite live up to expectations this year but was still very, very good -- and will likely be very, very good for a while.

Dynasties do not last forever. They inevitably and invariably fade, whether they be Chinese imperial families or professional sports monoliths. UConn had one of the great runs in women's basketball, if not collegiate, history, and it appears to be ending -- though the lion in winter will still have sharp claws and teeth, and plenty enough speed and strength to hold off all but the most prepared challengers.

From my far-away perspective, no blame anywhere. The wheel turns, and now it looks like it's Notre Dame's turn to be on top for a while -- and let's see how long Muffet can keep the mandate of heaven shining in South Bend.


Nicely put, Clay. It happens to every dynasty sooner or later. No shame in it, it's just history. UConn will always be good, at least until Geno retires and probably on after that. It just won't be what it was at its peak....and there's nothing wrong with that. It's the way things are.


WOW A team makes to 11 staright final fours, during which they win 6 titles and because they lost in the semis two years in a row some are convinced their run is over? Were any of you folks around in 2011 & 2012? Didn't Notre Dame win something like 6 out of 7 games? And did that lead to the Irish spending years on top? I'll let the Irish fans answer that.

And while I'm at it, I hear two stories about the Bunelle recruitment. One story is that UConn wanted her and that when she picked Notre Dame the program spread the lie that they backed off. Further, even though that story had it's basis in one story in a CT paper, written by one reporter, there are some who are accusing Geno of being the author of that lie.

The other story is that UConn did indeed back off Brunelle's recruitment and that it is evidence that Geno screwed up because both Fudd and Bueckers are going to follow their friend to South Bend. They can't both be true but the same group of posters, most of whom have spent more time discussing this topic than they have watching actual UConn games for the last 6 years are having a feeding frenzy over the bones of the Connecticut program. They will now slowly sink down in the rankings as the Notre Dame dynasty takes over at the top of wcbb.

If that BY poster named Dolphan is indeed Brunelle's father then there is your answer to the question "why did UConn back off?" (if they did indeed back off) Geno has had the luxury of rejecting highly-talented players if they came with mommy and daddy baggage. Or at least that's been what he has been saying for a long time. Given Brunelle's obvious talent and UConn's early interest that would make sense. But it doesn't leave UConn open to criticism so you folks just go on with your wake.

And it isn't even May yet. Rolling Eyes


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Danni Williams commented on Napheesa's instagram page yesterday.

danniwilliams12You the 🐐😈

That is a GOAT emoji.

So perhaps Danni is still interested in coming? If rumors about Coombs are transferring are true UConn could use another body.


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ClayK wrote:
Or this: Geno Auriemma is a great coach who might be on a very slight downslope at this point in his career. UConn didn't quite live up to expectations this year but was still very, very good -- and will likely be very, very good for a while.

Dynasties do not last forever. They inevitably and invariably fade, whether they be Chinese imperial families or professional sports monoliths. UConn had one of the great runs in women's basketball, if not collegiate, history, and it appears to be ending -- though the lion in winter will still have sharp claws and teeth, and plenty enough speed and strength to hold off all but the most prepared challengers.

From my far-away perspective, no blame anywhere. The wheel turns, and now it looks like it's Notre Dame's turn to be on top for a while -- and let's see how long Muffet can keep the mandate of heaven shining in South Bend.


Nicely put, Clay. It happens to every dynasty sooner or later. No shame in it, it's just history. UConn will always be good, at least until Geno retires and probably on after that. It just won't be what it was at its peak....and there's nothing wrong with that. It's the way things are.


WOW A team makes to 11 staright final fours, during which they win 6 titles and because they lost in the semis two years in a row some are convinced their run is over? Were any of you folks around in 2011 & 2012? Didn't Notre Dame win something like 6 out of 7 games? And did that lead to the Irish spending years on top? I'll let the Irish fans answer that.

And while I'm at it, I hear two stories about the Bunelle recruitment. One story is that UConn wanted her and that when she picked Notre Dame the program spread the lie that they backed off. Further, even though that story had it's basis in one story in a CT paper, written by one reporter, there are some who are accusing Geno of being the author of that lie.

The other story is that UConn did indeed back off Brunelle's recruitment and that it is evidence that Geno screwed up because both Fudd and Bueckers are going to follow their friend to South Bend. They can't both be true but the same group of posters, most of whom have spent more time discussing this topic than they have watching actual UConn games for the last 6 years are having a feeding frenzy over the bones of the Connecticut program. They will now slowly sink down in the rankings as the Notre Dame dynasty takes over at the top of wcbb.

If that BY poster named Dolphan is indeed Brunelle's father then there is your answer to the question "why did UConn back off?" (if they did indeed back off) Geno has had the luxury of rejecting highly-talented players if they came with mommy and daddy baggage. Or at least that's been what he has been saying for a long time. Given Brunelle's obvious talent and UConn's early interest that would make sense. But it doesn't leave UConn open to criticism so you folks just go on with your wake.

And it isn't even May yet. Rolling Eyes


Auriemma himself said the days of 30 wins seasons will be coming to an end soon.

Do you believe him? Or should we add it to his erratic behavior of late?

And spare me the Final Four as success BS. This was a championship or bust year. It's a bust.

We play the 1st 2 rounds on campus. We play regionals in either Bridgeport or Albany. There are about 4 teams that can beat us, ND being the tops. Sorry if we aren't throwing a parade over losing in the Final 4 to one of the few teams that we needed to be on red alert about.


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Auriemma himself said the days of 30 wins seasons will be coming to an end soon.

Do you believe him? Or should we add it to his erratic behavior of late?

And spare me the Final Four as success BS. This was a championship or bust year. It's a bust.

We play the 1st 2 rounds on campus. We play regionals in either Bridgeport or Albany. There are about 4 teams that can beat us, ND being the tops. Sorry if we aren't throwing a parade over losing in the Final 4 to one of the few teams that we needed to be on red alert about
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Did you just get off the bus? I love how you pick and choose what to believe and disbelieve. Geno has said that Stewart was the worst defensive player he ever had. I'll bet you had a field day with that. LOL Anyone who has been following the UConn program as long as you should know that Geno loves to make outrageous and provocative statements to the press. And he's much less erratic today than he was 15 years ago. If you actually believe that the 30 win seasons are over then I'll bet you a thousand dollars a year for the next three years on over/under 30 wins. Put up or shut up pal.

As far as making the final four I have been pointing out the non-achievement aspect of the first 3 rounds of the NCAA's. And yet many love to celebrate making the S16. But let's not forget that very few teams make the FF every year. Do you honestly believe that there has been a losing E8 team in any region in the last 8 years that would have beaten UConn? UConn has won those games overwhelmingly for nearly a decade. If fact this board has many posters who have been crying for 5 years about how UConn has ruined wcbb because of the ease in which they have won. But let's not forget that there was a recent stretch where Notre Dame (or more specifically Diggins) owned UConn and beat them 2 years in a row in the FF semis. In 2013 the Huskies lost 3 times to Notre Dame before finally winning in the NCAA's. Since that game UConn has gone 5 years with 3 losses, all of them in OT. Do you honestly think that they should be doing better? Really?

When was the last time UConn took a beating like Notre Dame did this year at Louisville? Or lost to a team like NC State? Or the way they choked at Tenn last year and this year at UConn. You somehow feel that anything short of perfection is tantamount to failure and I feel sorry for you. Life must be a terrible daily experience for you. I can't imagine how you would survive being a fan of a team that loses games like Notre Dame has the last few years. Thank your lucky stars that you are a UConn fan because otherwise you'd be out on a ledge somewhere.


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Yes Dolphan was Sams dad and all of the comments about Uconn not showing any interest fit with the timeline and the fact that Uconn moved on and were recruiting other players. Which is why the 1 reporter got a little ahead of himself as Sam said she chose between 3 schools when in fact there were only 2. As pointed out, that reporter is no longer covering Uconn.


As a UCONN fan, for that matter as any fan, this does not make sense for as little as two weeks prior to her decision she dropped Maryland leaving UCONN along with others on her list. Even going back to January, she announced on twitter she had cut Louisville and Texas from her list still leaving UCONN, South Carolina and the Irish among others on her short list. Then there was that entire Sunday, the 13th of April continued speculation on all the boards I saw that it was between UCONN and ND. It was not until after her decision that the story of either not being offered a scholarship or the 2016 offer was rescinded surfaced. If indeed UCONN had not offered why were the Huskies as late as January, then April still on her short list. Why not like Maryland, Texas and Louisville just jettison UCONN - no big deal. Why would she keep a school like UCONN on her short list which she reduced twice since January when she again according to the story did not have a scholarship or had it rescinded. It is quite frankly as Art said a fantasy. Shame on the CT media who ran with this nonsensical story which is thinner than piss on a rock.



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Good questions. Why call Geno a Liar when it was 1 reporter who called her out for saying Uconn was not one of her schools- to save face, but he used the wrong wording and has now disappeared. Why come on The Boneyard and ask why Uconn was not paying her any attention for months and pointing out that they were making no contact with her. Seems pretty obvious to me.


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Auriemma himself said the days of 30 wins seasons will be coming to an end soon.

Do you believe him? Or should we add it to his erratic behavior of late?

And spare me the Final Four as success BS. This was a championship or bust year. It's a bust.

We play the 1st 2 rounds on campus. We play regionals in either Bridgeport or Albany. There are about 4 teams that can beat us, ND being the tops. Sorry if we aren't throwing a parade over losing in the Final 4 to one of the few teams that we needed to be on red alert about
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Did you just get off the bus? I love how you pick and choose what to believe and disbelieve. Geno has said that Stewart was the worst defensive player he ever had. I'll bet you had a field day with that. LOL Anyone who has been following the UConn program as long as you should know that Geno loves to make outrageous and provocative statements to the press. And he's much less erratic today than he was 15 years ago. If you actually believe that the 30 win seasons are over then I'll bet you a thousand dollars a year for the next three years on over/under 30 wins. Put up or shut up pal.

As far as making the final four I have been pointing out the non-achievement aspect of the first 3 rounds of the NCAA's. And yet many love to celebrate making the S16. But let's not forget that very few teams make the FF every year. Do you honestly believe that there has been a losing E8 team in any region in the last 8 years that would have beaten UConn? UConn has won those games overwhelmingly for nearly a decade. If fact this board has many posters who have been crying for 5 years about how UConn has ruined wcbb because of the ease in which they have won. But let's not forget that there was a recent stretch where Notre Dame (or more specifically Diggins) owned UConn and beat them 2 years in a row in the FF semis. In 2013 the Huskies lost 3 times to Notre Dame before finally winning in the NCAA's. Since that game UConn has gone 5 years with 3 losses, all of them in OT. Do you honestly think that they should be doing better? Really?

When was the last time UConn took a beating like Notre Dame did this year at Louisville? Or lost to a team like NC State? Or the way they choked at Tenn last year and this year at UConn. You somehow feel that anything short of perfection is tantamount to failure and I feel sorry for you. Life must be a terrible daily experience for you. I can't imagine how you would survive being a fan of a team that loses games like Notre Dame has the last few years. Thank your lucky stars that you are a UConn fan because otherwise you'd be out on a ledge somewhere.


If UConn doesn't sign it's top targets in the class of 2019 (Jones? Boston?) they will almost certainly not win 30+ games in 2020. The last time Geno made a comment like this about his teams future prospects it was after Taurasi graduate saying you won't know her value until she's gone. What followed were the worst UConn seasons that decade.

"Life must be a terrible daily experience". Oh please. Ur about one post away from parroting Nan's "THEY ARE JUST TEENAGERS!" spiel.

"Do you honestly think they should be doing better.." I think they should have been better than Notre Dame in 2018 when it counted. They weren't. Mostly due to the totally assinine decision to 86 Walker from the rotation leading to greatly increased vulnerability of foul trouble which is exactly what cost them.

Notice there is not one person on this board who can even begin to justify that Walker decision because there is no excuse for it. And go ahead and try because I have her performance against Notre Dame and UCLA locked and ready to throw back in ur faces as well as the fact most of her January/February appearances when she wasnt being benched were with Bent, Irwin, Camara, Gordon, etc NOT the starters.

"ND lost 3 times to ND in 2013." Yeah and those players used it to make us into a champion. This group treats every regular season game like a Super Bowl and crumbles when faced with pressure when it counts. And didn't use the Miss State loss as motivation as per our coach.



BTW I'd rather lose by 20 to Louisville and win the championship when it counts than act all big and bad during the regular season than crumble like a tissue when the real stakes are on the line.


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A couple things:

*The whole Brunelle issue is just a tempest in a teapot. What difference does it make if she was offered or not? She might have gone to any school in the country, including, UConn, but she chose Notre Dame. Some kids choose UConn. Whatever ... time to move on.

*As for Megan Walker, no one can say why the substitution pattern was the way it was unless they were at practice every day. Of course it could be she deserved to play more and Auriemma made a bad decision that stunted her development and will come back to haunt him. Or it could be that she wasn't very good in practice and didn't earn any more time during games than she got. Unless you're there every day, at UConn or anywhere else at any level, you can't really know why playing time decisions are made the way they are.



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Walker had a couple of decent games and a whole lot of mediocre ones. With that inconsistency, I couldn't blame Geno for not wanting to play her when the game was on the line.

But of course I did natter all season about not giving the benchies more time when they were already up by 40 or 50 points. And I stand by that criticism even though Linkster has continually disagreed....so everybody is free to have their own opinion, but the one that counts is Geno's.



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REPEAT AFTER ME:

Megan Walker DID not have to be on the court during crunch time.

She needed to be on the court for just a couple of mins here and there in the 2nd and 3rd or early 4th so you DON'T have 4 fouls on Samuelson, Nurse, and Williams. We are not a good defensive team and in foul trouble we are even worse. That game changed when KLS picked up her 4th with 450 to go. That's on him. He put his team in that position. He made that choice. And it's what I harped on since February when it became obvious where this was going.

If you don't think Megan was good enough for 5-8 mins than people are simply lying to themselves.

BTW All those UConn players who allegedly practice so great, were the ones throwing the ball away carelessly in crucial moments of the game. Maybe let's stop obsessing over these so called be all and end all UConn practices.

I'll go a step further. I think Walker's "poor" practices were an excuse. i personally think Auriemma would rather have an arm amputated than remove certain players of his from the court for any reason.


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Walker had a couple of decent games and a whole lot of mediocre ones. With that inconsistency, I couldn't blame Geno for not wanting to play her when the game was on the line.

But of course I did natter all season about not giving the benchies more time when they were already up by 40 or 50 points. And I stand by that criticism even though Linkster has continually disagreed....so everybody is free to have their own opinion, but the one that counts is Geno's.


All I asked was for you to show me one FF team that went 8 or nine deep. You can't.
You can disagree with Geno's style but what you can't do is say that only playing 6 or 7 was a reason UConn lost in the FF because all four teams did the same. UConn simply got beat by a team that outplayed them. It happens. Even to UConn.

I think some of you convinced yourselves that UConn was miles better than everyone else because they had "all the talent" when the real reason for much of their regular season and post season successes over the years has been that they execute better, and often far better. UConn plays at a high level every game even when they outclass their opponent by miles. Other teams do not do that, to a lesser or greater degree. The Notre Dame team played a far far better game in the FF than they did at Louisville. I would have been pissed if UConn had lost to a team that played like crap. And if they had lost by 20 I would have been pissed. They got beat because Notre Dame played better and because of a low-percentage shot that went in. Just like their last 2 losses. Shit happens. What I find funny as hell is that some of the same UConn fans who lament the patsies in the AAC and wish for tougher games are some of the biggest whiners when UConn loses to a tough team that plays a great game. They want big-time competition and then act like headless chickens when UConn loses a game.

I look forward to watching UConn play again next year. For the third time in the last 4 years they have the consensus No 1 recruit coming in. Lots to like. I don't pretend to be their coach, just a fan of how they play.


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Walker had a couple of decent games and a whole lot of mediocre ones. With that inconsistency, I couldn't blame Geno for not wanting to play her when the game was on the line.

But of course I did natter all season about not giving the benchies more time when they were already up by 40 or 50 points. And I stand by that criticism even though Linkster has continually disagreed....so everybody is free to have their own opinion, but the one that counts is Geno's.


All I asked was for you to show me one FF team that went 8 or nine deep. You can't.
You can disagree with Geno's style but what you can't do is say that only playing 6 or 7 was a reason UConn lost in the FF because all four teams did the same. UConn simply got beat by a team that outplayed them. It happens. Even to UConn.

I think some of you convinced yourselves that UConn was miles better than everyone else because they had "all the talent" when the real reason for much of their regular season and post season successes over the years has been that they execute better, and often far better. UConn plays at a high level every game even when they outclass their opponent by miles. Other teams do not do that, to a lesser or greater degree. The Notre Dame team played a far far better game in the FF than they did at Louisville. I would have been pissed if UConn had lost to a team that played like crap. And if they had lost by 20 I would have been pissed. They got beat because Notre Dame played better and because of a low-percentage shot that went in. Just like their last 2 losses. Shit happens. What I find funny as hell is that some of the same UConn fans who lament the patsies in the AAC and wish for tougher games are some of the biggest whiners when UConn loses to a tough team that plays a great game. They want big-time competition and then act like headless chickens when UConn loses a game.

I look forward to watching UConn play again next year. For the third time in the last 4 years they have the consensus No 1 recruit coming in. Lots to like. I don't pretend to be their coach, just a fan of how they play.


You are so full of it.

Keep ur head in the sand and when UConn loses next year I'm sure you'll be back with ur BS non sequiturs.

Not one damn thing you wrote above ANYONE wrote before you. You are such a liar you need to make stuff up instead of ANSWER the reality of what happened this year.

You belong on The Boneyard with all the other liars and head in sand pollyannas.

You are so DUMB you actually think criticizing the AAC and blowing a championship is somehow related.

And people wonder why so many people HATE women's basketball. God forbid people speak the truth about what happened. No let's bury our heads in the sand and think ND simply outplayed us. What a joke!


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Auriemma is repeatedly touted as a great developer of talent. Players will come in top-ranked, and then under his tutelage, leave top-ranked. Walker was the number one recruit in the nation. And yet she doesn't play well enough in practice to allow Auriemma to play her against unranked or ranked-far-lower recruits? Doesn't sound like his mythical talent at developing players works all the time.

Or, alternatively, he may be a developer of "team play", and Walker did not learn how to play as he wanted.

But it also could be that with six experienced future WNBA first-round draft picks on his team in addition to freshman Walker, he is satisfied just playing those players and giving them their maximum minutes, as that is a formidable enough group to beat any team in the country, even if it could potentially lose to two or three of them under the right circumstances.


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PostPosted: 04/29/18 1:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

In my opinion the reason some dislike womens basketball is due to the real crackpots who suddenly want to jump off a cliff when the number 1 team in the nation doesn't live up to some insane standard that is straight up nonsensical. And the bitching that those crackpots stoop too. Really if you need help, get it, as you are never going to be happy and thought of as a fan of anything.


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Oh yes the apologists for a guy who needs to be restrained from physically going after a referee lecturing on getting help. Rich. You people have lost the argument so you go to the gutter. Enjoy.

Insane standard LOL. 6 All Americans vs a team with 4 players out and it was just INSANE to expect them to win. It was insane to expect getting a couple mins out of the #1 ranked player of 2017.




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Amari DeBerry of Williamsville, NY (near Buffalo) may be the second best player after Azzi Fudd in the class of 2021 and, supposedly at 6-5, the best post player. I say "supposedly" because she doesn't look 6-5 standing next to 5-9 Geno in this November 2017 photo.



Perhaps someone who knows about social media can tell whether she's following or liking UConn things. Meanwhile, here are two videos of her, which show developing low block footwork and good ambidexterity on layup and hook moves:

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6-0 Aubrey Griffin of Ossining High School in New York, who may be the best WBB player to play in the Westchester County Center in calendar 2018, has moved from unranked to #56 in the most recent ESPNW HoopGurlz ratings for 2019. I expect her to move further up during her senior year as her knee continues to heal and she gets more media and scouting exposure.



Here is a review of her by NYCHoops from last weekend's Adidas Gauntlet Tournament in Atlantic City, where she played with the Hudson River Breeze club team, which is her Ossining High School team coached by her high school coach, Dan Ricci.



Griffin could possibly be the guard that UConn needs out of 2019, since it's not apparent what guard Geno is recruiting from that class and since some of the highly ranked guards from 2019 have already orally committed to other schools.

The Breeze and Griffin can be seen next weekend at the Coaches Choice Tournament at Purchase College in Purchase, NY. It was at this Cinco de Mayo tournament in 2013 that I learned Saniya Chong wanted to go to UConn and that Diamond DeShields had organized her recruiting armada to North Carolina.
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Oh yes the apologists for a guy who needs to be restrained from physically going after a referee lecturing on getting help. Rich. You people have lost the argument so you go to the gutter. Enjoy.

Insane standard LOL. 6 All Americans vs a team with 4 players out and it was just INSANE to expect them to win. It was insane to expect getting a couple mins out of the #1 ranked player of 2017.




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One of the things that helps this or any board is the ability of posters to avoid getting personal when opposing views are presented. So far, you're not doing a great job of that ...

You have solid opinions and clearly care deeply, which is great, but there's no reason to take your responses to, well, the gutter.



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Thanks Clay you could be like one of those calm negotiating types that brings them down off of the roof. Last time I checked it is WNBA season booyah.


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Where is the like button?



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So Danni Williams goes to Texas. My guess is Howard goes to Miss State. With the Azura departure we needed to get someone in the spring who could contribute. My guess is Danni's religious faith and Anriel's sexy modeling instagram photos were too much for Nurse Ratched Dailey. We couldn't afford to be picky but of course were like usual. We'll see how it goes next year starting Walker at center.

Once again the UConn staff caught flat footed and not quick enough on their feet or versatile to recover. First during the season. And now in a quick fix to an unexpected departure.

How is it a guy with 8 years experience coaching Team USA doesn't have his eye on some international players with size who may want to come to the States? Did he forget the success of Svet Shirt Abrosimova?

Whatever. Hope Geno enjoys his summer at the beach. He left early this year.




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Any news on Walker transferring yet ? Laughing Laughing Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil



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Any news on Walker transferring yet ? Laughing Laughing Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil


Nah. My guess is she plays 30 minutes next year for UConn.

And when she does, the apologists will still DEFEND the King for eliminating her from the rotation for no good reason in 2018.


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Any news on Walker transferring yet ? Laughing Laughing Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil


W you are such a naughty individual, can't you tell when someone needs therapy Laughing


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