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Video: It’s Reunion Week For UConn Women’s Basketball

It’s reunion week for UConn Huskies women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma as he visits his mentor and a close friend.

He will kick it off tonight in Chattanooga when he faces the man who gave him his first coaching job, Jim Foster.

Then on Wednesday, the UConn women will play DePaul and another old friend in Doug Bruno.

Watch and/or listen below as Auriemma talks about how the Chattanooga game came to be.

Video: UConn Women’s Bench Made Big Contribution vs Nebraska

In the first two games for the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team, the bench scored just 32 points.

In Saturday’s 88-46 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the UConn women’s bench had 50% of the points (44 points).

For the Huskies to have success when the starters aren’t having their best game, they’ll need the bench to contribute like they did this past Saturday.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, Breanna Stewart and Katie Lou Samuelson talk about the play of the bench.

Video: UConn’s Breanna Stewart Getting Better By The Minute

Here’s a scary thought for opponents of the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team. Breanna Stewart gets better by the minute according to head coach Geno Auriemma.

In her first three games of what she and her teammates hope will be a fourth straight national title, Stewart has been consistent on the offensive end of the floor averaging 24.7 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game. Defensively, she’s averaging 3.3 blocks and six of those nine rebounds she’s averaging are coming on the other end of the floor.

And that’s what makes Stewart great. She can do it on both ends of the floor.

Watch and/or listen as Auriemma talks about how Stewart is playing consistent basketball and getting better.

Video: UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson Had Breakout Game vs Nebraska

Has UConn women’s basketball freshman Katie Lou Samuelson turned the corner?

After struggling from the floor in the first two games, Samuelson had her best game of her brief UConn women’s basketball career in a 42 point win over Nebraska this past Saturday with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting including 2-of-4 from three-point land. She also dished out three assists and had three rebounds.

More impressively though during one sequence of events, Samuelson hit a three-pointer and then went down to the defensive end and drew a charge.

The expectations are high for Samuelson at UConn but for now a little goes a long way as far as her confidence is concerned.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma, Breanna Stewart, Naphessa Collier and Samuelson talk about her performance vs Nebraska.

Video: WR Noel Thomas Has Taken His Game To Next Level For UConn Football

Before the season started, UConn Huskies football head coach Bob Diaco had said that wide receiver Noel Thomas had a chance to become a special player in Storrs, CT. So far Thomas has made Diaco look good on that.

When you get a chance to see Thomas play, you can tell he’s a step above the rest. But it’s what he does in practice that makes him a better player.

You’ll see him working with the younger guys, whether it be on the JUGS machine or working on their hand/eye coordination to helping with routes, Thomas is there being a leader.

During his press conference on Tuesday, Diaco talked about Thomas’ growth. Thomas also talked about what he’s done on and off the field to be a better person and football player.

Video: Next Man In To Replace UConn Football TE Tommy Myers

All along his tenure at UConn, head football coach Bob Diaco has talked about the next man in philosophy. By this he means, if you’re a backup, you’re expected to come in an do your job.

With the loss of Tommy Myers at tight end, others will now be called upon to do what Myers did. And it won’t be easy as he did just about everything on offense except pass the ball.

Chris Lee has replaced him on the depth chart but is just a true freshman. He’ll play but guys like Max DeLorenzo and last week’s hero, Garrett Anderson, will have to step up.

During his Tuesday press conference, Diaco talked about how hard it will be to replicate what Myers did.

Video: UConn Football Let Tyler Matakevich Leave The State

Believe it or not, Temple Owls LB Tyler Matakevich was recruited by the UConn Huskies. But it wasn’t the football team, it was the baseball program.

You can’t blame UConn football head coach Bob Diaco for that one. It came under the regime of Paul Pasqualoni, who seemingly had the ins of keeping a good player like Matakevich in the state.

Instead, he got away to Temple and has been wreaking havoc on teams including UConn football.

On Tuesday, Diaco talked about Matakevich and gave a quick preview of the Temple offense and defense.

Video: UConn Football Season Not Over After Temple Game

For the first time since the 2010 season, the UConn Huskies football team will be going to a bowl game. While it won’t be the Fiesta Bowl like the last time, it’s still a bowl game.

The UConn football team will learn their destination most likely next weekend. But in the meantime, there’s just as an important piece as getting to a bowl game, extra practices.

With a young team, just 14 seniors, extra practices are beneficial from a developmental stand point. And as UConn football head coach Bob Diaco pointed out in his press conference on Tuesday, it shortens the offseason.

Video: Gabby Williams Is Most Athletic Player at UConn Since Tamika Williams

After Monday night’s 40 point win over Kansas State, UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma had a tough time finding a player comparable to Gabby Williams that he has coached in Storrs.

He ultimately thought that Tamika Williams (no relation) was the last player to have the athleticism of Gabby Williams. Tamika Williams came to UConn in 1998 as part of the Fab Five recruiting class. So we are talking about 17 years here.

Watch and/or listen below as Auriemma talks about Gabby Williams athleticism:

Video: More Important For UConn Men’s Basketball To Defeat Faceless Opponents

While UConn Huskies men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie would like to see his team “step on the neck” of the opposing teams to put them away, there’s something else he would rather see in the box score.

And that would be beating the faceless opponents (rebounds, assists, turnovers, etc).

Watch and/or listen below as Ollie and Rodney Purvis talk about defeating the faceless opponents and  stepping on the opponents’ necks.