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    UConn +8 vs. Nova

    Nova lines are always set a point or two higher than I expect. I remember being shocked that they were a 3 point favorite over Oklahoma in the final four a few years ago when they'd been blown out by the Sooners earlier that season - then they won by like 50. 8 or 9 is about what I was...
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    UConn Depaul Cancelled on 12/23

    Thank you to the Connecticut Department of Health for looking out for our student-athletes. You can never be too safe.
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    I had planned to post this March 12th

    The bolded section is recently added. Everything else is verbatim from my March draft box. If you'd told me back in late December that UConn would finish 10-8 in conference play, I wouldn't have been surprised. They were a decent, albeit limited team that was set for two+ months and 18 games...
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    OT: Brady and his offensive line

    I think your theory is correct, but I'm less certain that Brady in Tampa this year at age 43 is the right case study. He knew he hadn't been the same guy since 2017 and needed a better roster to offset his decline. The Patriots had something close to that in 2018, but between Gronk leaving and...
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    OT: NBA Playoffs

    - A lot of these game 7s in recent history seem to turn into rock fights. I don't know if it's nerves, fatigue, looser officiating, or some combination of, but it feels like we've built too large a sample at this point to chalk it up to variance alone. We'll see if teams start tweaking their...
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    OT: NBA Playoffs

    Taking a lot of mid-range shots maybe isn't ideal long-term, but they still have huge value in late game situations against tough defenses and probably always will. Kemba can't hit anything from three and gets swallowed at the rim, but you still get the sense he can get to his spot and drill...
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    OT: NBA Playoffs

    The game is more than the box score, and if you look beyond the box score, I think you'll find - for a number of x's and o's/personnel type reasons - that Kemba wasn't as awful in that game as it might appear. But for all intents and purposes he got his lunch eaten in what was arguably the...
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    OT: NBA Playoffs

    6 for 18 looks a lot better than 3 for 15 even when you take the clutchness/degree of difficulty out of it.
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    RIP Stanley Robinson

    I don't know about this. If you're a professional athlete then it means your career did pan out. Not everyone is going to rise as far up the ladder as they'd like, but that can be said of any field. I won't comment on Stanley's situation specifically without knowing more, but generally...
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    RIP Stanley Robinson

    This can't be real. Didn't know him but my world feels shattered by this news. His dunks will be etched in my mind forever. Retire #21 today - thank you for the memories and rest well.
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    OT: Kyrie Irving

    Starting to take Kyrie's side on this the more I think about it. The shutdown has unwittingly steered people towards the darkest alleys of society and intensified their urge to reform them. Bring back all the distractions and that fight weakens considerably.
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    OT: Kyrie Irving

    I don't think anyone has a problem with Kyrie expressing his opinion so much as they do the manner and timing with which he did so. This sounds like more of an adrenaline-induced plea at the 11th hour - when they were essentially just dotting the I's and crossing the T's - from someone who's...
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    OT: Kyrie Irving

    The firing itself was justified. The circumstance(es) that enabled them to do so without receiving any considerable public backlash was systemic racism in a nutshell.
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    OT: Kyrie Irving

    It's beyond me that anyone can support Kyrie on this yet still let UConn off the hook for the Ollie debacle. Y'all really couldn't have tried any harder to miss the meaning of systemic racism back then. Seriously. It's been a huge problem here dating back decades, and not a subtle one. Kyrie...
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    LJ Figueroa in the transfer portal

    The league has been decimated by early departures this spring like no other. No reason UConn can't compete for the title.
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