Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Monumental Day

Greetings from the Verizon Center, where UConn will face Bucknell in an NCAA tournament "second-round" game at 7:20 p.m.

Did a little site-seeing around D.C. today and went to the Holocaust Museum. Pretty powerful stuff there. I'd recommend a visit to anyone who ever comes to town and hasn't been yet.

Back to more frivolous affairs, a few quick pregame notes:

UConn is 44-27 in 29 NCAA tourney appearances. The Huskies are 40-13 under Jim Calhoun and 26-7 in their last nine appearances. Under Calhoun, UConn is 27-4 in first and second round games, including 15-1 in the first round. (Yes, we understand they're calling this the "second round" now, but you get the point).

Calhoun is 31-3 when playing a team seeded No. 6 through 16.

As for Bucknell:

This is the Bison's fifth trip to the Big Dance and first since going in consecutive years in 2005 and 2006. Bucknell upset Kansas (as the No. 14 seed) and Arksansas (as the No. 13 seed) in those respective years.

The Bison are 2-3 against this year's tourney field, with wins over Richmond and Bosotn University and losses to Villanova, Marquette and Princeton.

Bucknell is 0-2 all-time against UConn, with those losses coming in 1952 and 1953.



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