Sunday, November 19, 2017

Doggy's Doghouse 11/20/17





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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My Florida granddaughters had a great time in NYC today. One went to a Broadway play (Aladdin) and the other went to the Museum of Natural History.    

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Great game today at the XL center Sunday where UConn just hammered No. 15 Maryland 97-72.

Here was my stellar prediction from my UConn/Maryland preview - "With or without Samuelson, UConn just still too talented for Maryland. UConn by 25+".

Not too bad, huh?

I was fortunate enough to be able to see this game in person from a great vantage point thanks to my friend Carol, the nice woman that has that great UConn Puppet at every game.

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She was unable to make this game and I was fortunate enough to use her tickets. One of the best UConn fans around!!

Anyway, UConn was just amazing and the depth of talent in the 6 player rotation is just stunning. Katie Lou misses the game and the Huskies were still up by 40 at one point in the third quarter.

What you don't really see when you watch in person and up close is the speed of this UConn team, especially Gabby Williams. She has amazing explosion in her dribbling. So strong, the opponent has no chance of slowing her down. Jaw dropping speed. In this game Gabby had a triple double in points, rebounds and unfortunately turnovers. She physically was amazing in this game. Mentally? Not so much. Way to many dumb passes. 25 turnovers for the team was just unacceptable. Period.

Dangerfield's shot was off but she was great at breaking the pressure that Maryland applied. The Terrapins were determined to force the Huskies into mistakes. Sometimes it worked but mostly it sped up the game so UConn was able to score 97 points.

Nurse was terrific, going 5-8 on threes in scoring her team leading 21 points. She played her usual great defense and no on hustles like she does.

Collier had a double double in her 32 minutes with 12 points and 11 rebounds. She is still struggling with her shot, going 6-14. For a 60% shooter, that is not good. It won't last.  

Azura? Oh my. She is so impressive in person. She is like Inspector Gadget with her go go gadget arms. They just extend out for rebounds that others would have no chance at. She also had a double double, the third UConn player in this game to do so. In 29 minutes she had 18 points and 12 rebounds. She only went 1-4 on threes, but she needs to keep shooting them. I watched her in practice and it's a beautiful shot.

As an aside, I watched Maryland in the shoot around and they made maybe 15 in a row. It just shows that shooting unguarded is very different than when you have UConn pressure in your face.

The bench had it's moments in this game. We saw what Megan Walker is going to bring to this team. She has a real scorer's mentality and a nose for the ball. In her 20 minutes she had 12 points, and 7 rebounds. She just looked better in this outing. More confidence. She will keep improving I'm sure and that will be fun to watch. Hunter-Espinoza was the next player off the bench and while she had a couple of mistakes (everyone did) I was so happy to see her let it fly when she was open. She is an amazing shooter and just needs to have confidence. Hey, even Molly had a basket on a layup with a nice little move to the basket!!

Overall, a great game leading into the UCLA game.

Here are a couple of post game videos. I won't be writing a full post game report. I'd rather spend the time on the UCLA pregame report. That one should be a barn burner!!

Coach Brenda Frese Post Game Interview

 
Geno's Post Game Interview

No highlight video yet. I'll look for one later and add it to this entry.

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Christyn averaged over thirty points in the Paragould tourney (11/16 - 11/18). Here is the highlight package is from those three games. She is good. Very very good.



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Congratulation to the UConn Field Hockey team for bringing home the National Championship. Not a good day for Maryland. Around the same time UConn finished slapping them around in basketball, UConn beat them 2-1 for the NC.

A great team. Undefeated at 24-0, a remarkable season for our Huskies. They have won 5 national championships and three in the last five years. Amazing. 


 

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Latest word about Samuelson is that she is week to week. Not as good as day to day, but not as bad as month to month.

Too bad she won't get to play against UCLA in a homecoming game. UConn does visit California next season I believe.

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One upset in the top 25 when No. 11 Duke lost to Villanova 64-55. Not a very good performance by what I consider a very over-ranked team.

The Blue Devils shot only 37% from the field, 2-12 on threes, had only 8 assists, 8 points in the 3rd quarter and gave up 15 threes.

Their two AA candidates had weak games. Rebecca Greenwell had 9 points going 1-5 on threes and didn't have an assist. Lexi Brown did have 16 points, but was also only 1-5 on threes and had only 1 assist and 2 turnovers.

Other interesting Top 25 tidbits -

I have to say that the SEC has really looked like a much weaker conference than their rankings have been. I predict that their bottom two teams in the rankings, Missouri and Kentucky, will be out of the rankings soon. Probably as soon as they play good teams. Both scraped by teams that a ranked team should beat by 15+.    

UConn's last opponent was California, who won their Sunday game beating Brown by only 10 points, 89-79. Their terrific center, Kristine Anigwe had 28 points and a career-high 25 rebounds.

 Another UConn opponent won as Stanford beat CSU Bakersfield 57-34. Looks to me like Stanford is still struggling on offense. Could be a long season for the Cardinal.

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By David in Naples!!!!!

UConn has crushed three straight ranked opponents by scoring 88 combined points in the 1st period. The defense has held #10 Stanford, #20 California and #15 Maryland to a combined 32 first period points. That is a point differential of 56 points for just the first 10 minutes of each game.

For the 2nd period of those 3 games, UConn increased the difference in points another 25 points. Total difference for UConn is +81 points, in just the first 2 periods.

Offensively, the Huskies have scored 78, then 82, then 97 points. Nice progress...!!

Go Huskies..!!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Doggy's Doghouse 11/19/17





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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Wearing Grampa's hat!



Hanging out at my daughters with family!

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The high school basketball season has started and I'll share with you what I find out about the two 2018 recruits, Christyn Williams and Olivia Nelson-Ododa. I believe ODO has not been cleared yet since her surgery, but Williams had two games already.

On Thursday, in her team's first game in the Paraguold Tournament she had 31 points to lead her team to a win. 

CAC won the tournament at Paragould Saturday with Williams scoring 38 points.

Not a bad start to the season!!

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Here is my UConn/Maryland Pre Game Report

I hope some of you will be at the game and say hello!! I'll be with Doggymomma in 102 Row G.

At the half I'll be around Section 118 by the Dunkin' Donuts.

Just yell out DoggyDaddy!!

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Word from UConn is Samuelson is questionable for the Maryland game. That is good news as far as I am concerned. It doesn't look like a long term problem.

As David noted in his "Numbers" some fans posted their own take on the injury prior to any word from UConn and most are negative.

Here are a few - are these folks always so negative???

"I’m hoping for the best, but a “mid foot” sprain can be very serious, potentially requiring months to heel properly. "

"A midfoot sprain, also referred to as a Lisfranc injury can be mild to serious requiring anywhere from a few days to heel to several months, sometimes requiring surgery."

"Maybe shut her down til late January?"

"I am praying for the best, but honestly I have got a real bad feeling about this one."

"Shudder to even bring this up, but is it early enough in the season that she would qualify for a medical red shirt if the injury is truly serious? "

Just to answer that red-shirt question, yes she is eligible.

But seriously, why not wait until we hear her status before posting like that?

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By David in Naples!!!!!

UConn's 82-47 beatdown of California was just like a Sergio Leone movie starring Clint Eastwood. There were good stats, there were bad stats & then there certainly was ugly. The Huskies move to 2-0, but unlike the movie ending, UConn fans are holding their collective breath to see how this injury plays out. The hero is all right in the end, right..?? :(

The Good stats
1. Crystal Dangerfield -CD3 picked up right where she left off w/ Stanford. 4-5 on threes, 4 assists w/ 0 turnovers, 14 points in just 26 minutes. Looks in complete control of the offense. :D
2. Balanced scoring - Six players in double figures scoring 14, 14, 14, 13, 12 and 11 points for the game. Who you going to cover?
3. Defense - UConn's defense is in mid to late season form. After holding the Bears to 24 points in the 1st half, the Huskies held Cal to 3 third period points. Three points, while scoring 22. And, this was w/out Katie Lou.
4. Free throws - The starters plus Megan went 14-16 from the charity stripe. That's 87.5%. ;)
5. Assists & rebounds - 20 assists on 30 baskets w/ great ball movement and 13 offensive rebounds.

The Bad stats
1. Turnovers vs baskets - California had 29 turnovers and only 20 baskets. Credit the Husky defense..! 8-)
2. Fouls & free throws - The Bears also had 19 personal fouls giving UConn 18 free throws.
3. UConn's bench - Minus Z and Megan, the bench once again played hard, but finished w/ 0 points on 0-5 shooting.
4. Megan - Walker did play 20 good minutes, but only went 1-9 from the floor. She added 5 rebounds, 1 nice block, and a steal.
5. 4th quarter defense - UConn once again gave up 20 points in the 4th quarter, after holding Cal to 27 in 3 quarters. In defense of the Huskies, Anigwe, Cal's best player had 8 of her 14 points long after Geno cleared the bench. >:D

The Ugly
Katie Lou went down with 4:02 left in the 2nd period. Geno described it as a "mid-foot sprain." Medical experts pretending to be fans have other diagnosis, some more serious. Only time and lots of ice will tell. Hoping for the best..!

Go Huskies..!!


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