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Syracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Connecticut

first_imgNo. 8 seed Syracuse (22-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) is set to take on No. 1 seed Connecticut (33-0, 16-0 American Athletic) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in Storrs, Connecticut. SU is coming off an 85-65 first-round win over No. 9 seed Iowa State, a game in which three Orange scorers tallied over 20 points, including a career-high 24 from freshman 3-point specialist Gabby Cooper. UConn enters the contest fresh off a commanding 116-55 win over No. 16 seed Albany in its first round matchup, the 17th time this season that the Huskies have scored at least 90 points.Here’s what to know about UConn ahead of Monday’s matchup.All-time series: Connecticut leads, 38-12Last time they played: The Huskies smashed SU, 82-51, in the 2016 NCAA national championship game in Indianapolis. Breanna Stewart led the charge for UConn, posting 24 points in the program’s record fourth-straight national title win. Cornelia Fondren had 16 points for the Orange on 60 percent shooting, but SU shot just 10.5 percent from 3 in the defeat.The UConn report: The Huskies are the undisputed best women’s team in the nation, and have beaten 10 ranked team this season. Their closest game of the year was against then-No. 4 Maryland, winning by only six over the Terrapins. UConn has scored over 100 points an NCAA-leading five times this season, and has four players averaging double-digit points, with two averaging over 20.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKatie Lou Samuelson is the Huskies’ star, averaging 20.8 points per game over an average of 31.3 minutes per game. She’s made 112 3-pointers on 259 attempts, good for 43.2 percent. The Huskies have the No. 3 scoring offense in the country, averaging 87.5 points per game, and the No. 6 scoring defense in the country, allowing an average of just 53.8 points per game.FiveThirtyEight.com currently gives the Huskies a 49 percent chance to win the tournament, and a 98 percent chance to beat the Orange on Monday.How SU beats UConn: After UConn’s opening round game against No. 16 Albany, Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma said that before every game, he asks his assistant coaches what his team would have to do to lose. Against the Great Danes, the coaching staff said that the team would have to miss “a lot” of shots. But against No. 8 SU on Monday, a team that was arguably underseeded and last met the Huskies in the national championship game, UConn doesn’t have as much room for failure as it did against Albany.For the Orange to win, it will have to put together a perfect game in all facets. Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson will need to match or exceed their combined scoring average of nearly 43, and Gabby Cooper will have to step up from behind the arc like she did against Iowa State. The only way to beat a powerful offense like UConn is to match it shot for shot. So Sykes, Peterson and Cooper will all probably have to finish the game with over 20 points for the second straight game.Defensively, SU needs to focus on shutting down Samuelson. The sophomore sharpshooter ranks fourth in 3-pointers made and 12th in 3-point shooting percentage in the nation. She also averages 3.39 3-pointers per game, and the Orange zone can’t let her get hot from beyond the arc.The Huskies aren’t used to playing in close games, so if the Orange can keep Monday’s game within ten points, it has potential to pull the upset. Samuelson is the only UConn player that averages more than 31 minutes per game. A tightly contested game could potentially tire out a UConn side that isn’t used to running for 40 minutes straight, and give a well-conditioned SU team the upper hand.Stat to know: 108 —  The Huskies have won 108 straight games, the all-time mark in the NCAA. Nov. 17, 2014, was the last time UConn lost, dropping an 88-86 overtime game at Stanford. UConn has not been ranked lower than No. 3 during the streak and boasts a dominant 155-1 record over its past 156 games.Player to watch: Katie Lou Samuelson, Guard, No. 33Samueslon is UConn’s replacement for Stewart, who graduated last year and now plays for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, and she’s all but filled the role perfectly for the Huskies this season. She’s shooting 49.3 percent from the field, and her 20.8 points per game ranks No. 1 for the Huskies. Samuelson is also one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, which is awarded annually to college basketball’s player of the year. Napheesa Collier, a forward for the Huskies, was named a finalist as well. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2017 at 3:29 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

Clippers notes: Sitting Blake Griffin not an easy decision

first_imgPaul Pierce started in Griffin’s place.The Clippers and Rivers have spoken about being more conservative with Griffin’s workload this season, a plan that Rivers acknowledged the team didn’t stick to in training camp.The Clippers, which invested in biomedical analysis this summer, got confirmation from their medical staff that the timing was right for Griffin to get a night off, Rivers said.“They showed me all the science. (Director of player performance Mark Simpson) had a pamphlet ready to go for this argument we were about to have,” Griffin said. “…I definitely presented my case – wasn’t as well prepared as I would’ve liked to have been.”In 18 games this season, Griffin is playing 33.1 minutes – essentially the same as last season – averaging 21.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists.Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James are the only players in the NBA with higher scoring, rebounding and assist averages.This likely won’t be the last time the Clippers sit one of their regulars as a healthy scratch, with Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan all possibilities to sit.“After a little bit, I just said if this is what you think is best for the team, you know, I’m going to do it,” Griffin said.Johnson on the court, Stone in the room The Clippers’ had both of their rookies in the locker room for the first time in weeks with Brice Johnson and Diamond Stone both in Brooklyn.Stone, currently assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors, is in town for games in Westchester and Long Island.Johnson, the team’s first-round pick, hasn’t played since the preseason after suffering a herniated disc in his lower back.Monday, Johnson was on the court shooting before the game, a small step in his return to action. Johnson has also been doing some running, though he admitted his lungs felt like those of a heavy smoker. Rivers said he still doesn’t expect Johnson back anytime soon.“My guess would be he’s just inching along,” Rivers said. “Usually, they would tell me, ‘Brice is getting close,’ and I haven’t heard that.” NEW YORK >> It didn’t matter that Blake Griffin moved a little slowly Sunday in the Clippers’ loss in Indiana. It didn’t matter that needed to wear a compression sleeve on his right leg after getting kicked in the calf Friday in Detroit.And, it didn’t matter that Griffin moved around fine during the team’s shootaround Monday morning in New York.Doc Rivers made up his mind.“Months ago,” he said. “Literally months ago.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img It game him and the staff time to prepare a full-fledged presentation to Griffin Sunday afternoon, informing him of the decision.“Doc mentioned something to me in Indiana and I brushed it off like there was no way that was happening,” Griffin said. “(Sunday) afternoon, I had to go up to Doc’s room and I walk in there, and it’s our trainer, our head of player performance (Lawrence) Frank and Doc. I walked right into an ambush.“I knew exactly what was going to happen.”The schedule, the one that’s kept the team from practicing and made it harder on the team to keep defending, dictated that Monday, it was Griffin’s turn to sit, forcing him to watch the Clippers’ 127-122 double overtime loss.“I was frustrated before the game,” he said. “Now, it’s even worse.”last_img read more

Bucks plan moves for a dynasty around Giannis Antetokounmpo

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed LOS ANGELES — Eric Bledsoe had a buoyant stride in the hallways of Staples Center, looking like he had a great deal lifted from his shoulders.Another great deal is headed to his bank account.The former Clipper will be in Milwaukee for four more seasons after this one, after signing a $70 million extension on Friday. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said he usually likes going to work every day with Bledsoe – but even for a typically energized player, Friday might have been a little more bouncy.“He’s mostly like that every day,” he said. “He might’ve had a couple extra smiles in there.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Just look at every single year how he’s been able to evolve as a player, obviously his physique has evolved, his mental approach has evolved and the franchise has evolved from his first year,” he said. “It is all going in the right direction. I think it’s greatly appreciated to see someone that gives their all to the game and I think when you do that, the game automatically gives back to you.”James himself had one of his best seasons in the sixth year of his career, winning the first of his four NBA MVP awards (28.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.2 apg) and leading the Cavaliers to 66 regular-season wins.Many speculate that Antetokounmpo is poised to claim the unofficial title as the league’s best player, which James has held for much of his career. James implied that if the Greek Freak has the same mindset he had at the same age, that day might soon be at hand.“I went to the Finals at 22, so I was thinking about being the best ever,” James said. “But I was thinking about how can I elevate this franchise, take it places that they hadn’t seen before. … But I wanted to continue to elevate that franchise every single day with not only my play on the floor but also my leadership off the floor and how I conducted myself as a young man.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img LeBron James, to whom Antetokounmpo is often compared, said he’s been impressed by how the young Bucks star has raised his game to meet the moment.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHow does a dynasty begin? Does it start with an imagination-sparking playoff run? Raising a championship trophy?It might just start on a Friday in March, when Milwaukee made a handful of inspired moves: Besides re-signing Bledsoe (15.7 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.6 rpg), the Bucks also reportedly will sign Pau Gasol, the 38-year-old center who was bought out by the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the day. All signs point to Milwaukee trying to secure the future, both this season and beyond, to build something special around franchise star Giannis Antetokounmpo.At 24, the Greek Freak is the apparent front-runner to win MVP this season, and his numbers (27 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 5.9 apg) as well as Milwaukee’s NBA-best record entering Friday night, justify that case. While Lakers coach Luke Walton said he’s seen more of James Harden, who is also in the running to go back-to-back for the award, Antetokounmpo’s unique abilities at 6-foot-11 jumped off the screen as he studied film on Thursday.“He plays the right way,” Walton said. “He can get to the rim and get his own shot anytime he wants, and he has the green light to do that. And he still makes the appropriate passes when they’re available. So I really respect that about his game.”Fueled by an innovative system installed by Budenholzer in his first season, the Bucks have both the best offensive rating (113.3) and the best defensive rating (104.0) in the league. They’ve gotten 3-point shooting not only from first-time All-Star Khris Middleton but from the frontcourt in former Lakers center Brook Lopez (36 percent from deep).last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: National Honor Society officers are announced

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 18, 2016:Monday • Baseball/softball games postponed.Tuesday•Tennis at Circle, 1 p.m.•JV golf at Sierra Hills, 3 p.m.•Track at Caldwell, 3 p.m.WednesdayNo events reported.Thursday•Baseball at Circle.•Softball at Circle.•JV Golf at Hesston.•Powerlifting banquet, 6 p.m. at WHS Commons.Friday •Golf at Cherry Oaks.•Tennis at Winfield•Track at Clearwater.Today’s lunch —Chicken Fry Z’s, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Fresh Broccoli, Peaches, Hot Roll and Milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Pork Rib with Bun, Romaine and Tomato, Oven Fries, Mixed Fruit, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Milk.Today’s News: * The deadline to order the 2015-2016 WHS Yearbook is Friday April 29th. Cost is $42.00. You can order online at jostens.com or bring your money to Ms. Ford in room 409.*Attention Stuco Members- There will be a meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 in the auditorium. This will be a quick meeting about the election of officers for next year.*If you are interested in being a part of the WHS Color Guard next year- there will be an informational meeting this Thursday at 7:15 before school, or 3:25 after school. Please attend one of these meetings regarding upcoming tryouts. If you have questions or are unable to attend one of these meetings, please see Ms. Vaughn in room 112. Color guard is open to all students. If you enjoy acting, dancing, or performance of any kind, you are encouraged to try out. No experience is necessary.*Classic Movie Club will be showing the movie “Aliens” on Tuesday April 19th in room 205. Everyone is welcome to attend!*Congratulations to the 2016-2017 NHS OfficersPresident- Kayma BrandVice President- Will LongSecretary- Jenna RauschTreasurer- Kelsie HaydonHistorian- Lexi Saffell*The Josten’s Ring Man will  be here to deliver class rings Today  during lunch.  If you still have a balance due on your ring- don’t forget to bring your final payment. If you forgot to order your class ring on the original order day,  you can still order with the representative at this time. If you already have a class ring and it needs to be resized or repaired- bring it today and the Jostens man will take care of it for you.*Tim McLeod from Lincoln College of Technology will be in the Mrs. Chase’s classroom April 28th during 7th hour to give a presentation on Welding and Automotive Technology opportunities at Lincoln College.  Get permission from 7th hour teachers and then sign up with Mrs. Chase or Mr. Elder to attend the presentation.*Fall semester Ceramic, Jewelry and Independent study students.  If you have projects you would like to display in the annual showcase you need to bring them to Mrs. Groom this week.  If you would like to enter them in competition I need them by tomorrow.  We have competition on Wednesday April 20th and Friday April 22!*Madrigals auditions will be held after school on April 25th  and 26th. They will be blind auditions and anyone can audition. Please see Ms. Coldwell for more information.*Seniors: There will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 27th at 10 am in the Auditorium. If you are normally not here at that time, please try to make arrangements to attend the meeting. We will be discussing upcoming events, such as Baccalaureate, marching practice, senior night and graduation.*Prom Tickets will be for sale by the student entrance before and after school. Cost is $30 unless you sold 5 magazines your Junior year. Out of town dates are $30, unless you earned your ticket- then they are $15. You can sign up out-of-town dates in the office. If you are interested in participating in the entertainment portion of prom, please pick up a  prom entertainment application from Ms. Ford.*Seniors: If you are needing  extra graduation announcements, we do have a few in the counselor’s office. They are $1.25 each.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.Guidance news:Monday, May 2 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National Animal Crackers DayNational Lineman Appreciation Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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