Preview: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m.

UConn heads on the road to face East Carolina at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. The Huskies are coming off a 67-60 win over Tulane on Sunday.

John F. Silver

UConn comes down to East Carolina with no margin of error in league. The Huskies are 8-6 in conference and in sixth place, one behind Memphis, which beat UConn this year.  

The Huskies end the season with SMU, Temple and Memphis, all teams in the top 5, and that positioning is crucial with the top five teams in conference having a first game bye in the American Athletic Conference tournament in Hartford in March.

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UConn’s Jones projected 1st round pick

UConn's Byron Jones is being projected as a first round NFL Draft pick by NFL.com.

UConn’s Byron Jones is being projected as a first round NFL Draft pick by NFL.com.

John F. Silver

Former UConn cornerback Byron Jones had an eye-opening combine to be sure.

But, what did his record-breaking 12-3 long jump and 44.5 vertical do to his draft stock?

Well, despite playing only seven games due to a shoulder injury, some scouts have seen enough. Jones is being projected as a first round pick by NFL.com to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jones’ strength isn’t only athleticism. He’s a high-character player — team captain — and also served an internship with fifth district Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.

Jones, who started his career as a safety before move to corner as a junior, has the size, athleticism and measureables NFL scouts wanted. He also showed he can play hurt, something he did much of this season with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Playing through that injury was perhaps more impressive than his combine numbers. Playing with an injury is a major factor for NFL scouts (no one is ever 100 percent) and that Jones has that on film this season is something that will do him well.

Here’s the scouting report on Jones.

 

Samuelson named WBCA Player of the Year

By Carl Adamec

Katie Lou Samuelson is considered by many to be the No. 1 player in the high school Class of 2015.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association agrees.

Samuelson — a 6-foot-3 wing from Huntington Beach, California, and Mater Dei High — was named the WBCA Player of the Year, the organization announced Wednesday.
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UConn has share of AAC title; KML nears 2,000

By Carl Adamec

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis reached the 1,000-point plateau on Senior Day 2013.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s forward will get the chance to double her fun on her own Senior Day Saturday.

Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points Monday to move within four of becoming the eighth UConn player to reach 2,000 as the top-ranked Huskies doubled up Tulane 94-47 in American Athletic Conference action before a crowd of 1,900 at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans.

The win, UConn’s 26th straight, also clinched a share of the AAC regular season title for the Huskies (27-1 overall, 16-0 AAC). They’ll capture the crown outright and the AAC tournament’s No. 1 seed Tuesday night if second-place South Florida loses at Cincinnati. Or they can do it themselves with a win over Memphis at Gampel Pavilion Saturday.
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UCONN trivia, presented by Mercedes-Benz

Question:

Who were the first two Huskies named “Most Outstanding Players” in the Big East Tournament.

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Kerry Bascom (1989), Meghan Pattyson (1991)


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Did Jones break a world record?

John F. Silver

UConn’s Byron Jones lit up the NFL Combine on Monday with his performance, including a 12-3 (3.73 meters) in the broad jump. 

Jones jump smashed the NFL record in the jump and could have set a world record.

Yep, a world record.

The standing jump used to be an Olympic event until 1912 and the record is held, according to Wikipedia (hence the ?), Norwegian Arne Tveraag  at  3.71 meters in 1968.

Jones jumped 3.73 meters on Monday at the NFL Combine.