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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2003
Every day at practice, Emeka Okafor looks into the mirror. He sees himself, or at least someone who reminds the University of Connecticut's junior center of what he was before he grew into a player many consider to be among the best in college basketball. In the mirror, Okafor sees Josh Boone. "We both had a lot of work to do," Okafor said recently. "We both have come a long way, and we both have a long way to go." Boone likes to hear those comparisons, and he knows they aren't as far-fetched as some might think.
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By Michael Lee, The Washington Post | June 28, 2012
The Washington Wizards insist they aren't wedded to any prospect for the third overall pick, and they remain at the mercy of what the Charlotte Bobcats decide to do ahead of them - whether it's take Kansas junior and Washington native Thomas Robinson or trade down to let another team possibly grab Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal. But the Wizards have three players they are strongly considering: the unassuming and sharpshooting Beal; the polished perimeter scorer Harrison Barnes of North Carolina; and the defensive-minded and grittyMichael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky.
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By Christian Ewell | March 17, 2002
East Regional at MCI Center No. 2 Connecticut (25-6) vs. No. 7 N.C. State (23-10) Time: 2:30 p.m. Conferences: Connecticut, Big East; N.C. State, Atlantic Coast. Outlook: The big question is whether N.C. State players such as Marcus Melvin, Julius Hodge and Ilian Evtimov can be enough of a nuisance to make up for a size disadvantage against the frontcourt duo of Emeka Okafor (6-9, 240) and Johnnie Selvie (6-7, 235), who combined for 26 rebounds and six blocks against Hampton on Friday.
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February 2, 2005
Moves Baseball DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to one-year, $600,000 contract with P Jesus Colome, avoiding salary arbitration. RED SOX: Agreed to minor league contracts with P Scott Cassidy, P Jack Cressend, P Jeremi Gonzalez, P Kris Wilson, P Jason Kershner, C Jeff Bailey, C Shawn Wooten, IF Dave Berg, IF Tim Hummel, IF Kenny Perez, OF Chip Ambres, OF George Lombard, OF Billy McMillon, OF Simon Pond and OF Chip Ambres. Basketball NBA: Suspended Warriors F Clifford Robinson five games for violating league's drug policy.
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By Don Markus | April 3, 2004
The teams Duke (31-5) The Blue Devils have seemingly recovered from their ACC tournament final loss to Maryland and weren't threatened in their first three NCAA tournament wins over Alabama State, Seton Hall or Illinois. Xavier showed some weaknesses that could be further exposed by Connecticut. Connecticut (31-6) The Huskies have been the most dominant team in the tournament, beating their four opponents (Vermont, DePaul, Vanderbilt and Alabama) by an average of 17.5 points. Connecticut has won seven straight and 13 of 14 overall, and appear to be the clear favorite to win it all. But the Huskies haven't played anyone as good as Duke.
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By MIKE PRESTON | April 6, 2004
SAN ANTONIO - As the final buzzer sounded, University of Connecticut center Emeka Okafor sprinted the length of the court with the No. 1 index finger high in the air. And then for the next minute or so, he chased teammate Rashad Anderson around the court, trying to snatch away the game ball that Anderson had secured under his arm. Anderson kept the ball, and justice was not served. In the second game of this Final Four, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Okafor carried the Huskies again, this time to an 82-73 victory over Georgia Tech in the NCAA men's basketball championship game.
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By Paul McMullen | March 22, 2002
No. 2 Connecticut (26-6) vs. No. 12 S. Illinois (28-7) Site: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. Time: 7:38 tonight Conference records: Connecticut went 13-3 in the Big East and beat Pittsburgh in the conference tournament final. Southern Illinois shared the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title at 14-4 with Creighton, which beat the Salukis in the MVC tournament title game. Coaches: Jim Calhoun is 375-148 in 16 seasons at Connecticut, 625-258 in 30 seasons overall. Bruce Weber is 74-48 in four seasons at Southern Illinois.
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February 2, 2005
Moves Baseball DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to one-year, $600,000 contract with P Jesus Colome, avoiding salary arbitration. RED SOX: Agreed to minor league contracts with P Scott Cassidy, P Jack Cressend, P Jeremi Gonzalez, P Kris Wilson, P Jason Kershner, C Jeff Bailey, C Shawn Wooten, IF Dave Berg, IF Tim Hummel, IF Kenny Perez, OF Chip Ambres, OF George Lombard, OF Billy McMillon, OF Simon Pond and OF Chip Ambres. Basketball NBA: Suspended Warriors F Clifford Robinson five games for violating league's drug policy.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | April 2, 2004
Don Markus has been at The Sun since 1985. During his tenure, he covered University of Maryland men's basketball for 11 years. He will be covering his 20th Final Four tournament this weekend. Brian, Columbia: Duke and Connecticut seem to be the best two teams remaining, by far, yet they'll meet in the semis. There's been talk of re-seeding at the Final Four, which would wreck many bracket pools, which are a big reason for the tournament's popularity. Though the NCAA will never admit catering to gambling, do you think this is why we don't see re-seeding to get the best championship game?
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By Michael Lee, The Washington Post | June 28, 2012
The Washington Wizards insist they aren't wedded to any prospect for the third overall pick, and they remain at the mercy of what the Charlotte Bobcats decide to do ahead of them - whether it's take Kansas junior and Washington native Thomas Robinson or trade down to let another team possibly grab Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal. But the Wizards have three players they are strongly considering: the unassuming and sharpshooting Beal; the polished perimeter scorer Harrison Barnes of North Carolina; and the defensive-minded and grittyMichael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky.
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By MIKE PRESTON | April 6, 2004
SAN ANTONIO - As the final buzzer sounded, University of Connecticut center Emeka Okafor sprinted the length of the court with the No. 1 index finger high in the air. And then for the next minute or so, he chased teammate Rashad Anderson around the court, trying to snatch away the game ball that Anderson had secured under his arm. Anderson kept the ball, and justice was not served. In the second game of this Final Four, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Okafor carried the Huskies again, this time to an 82-73 victory over Georgia Tech in the NCAA men's basketball championship game.
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By Gary Lambrecht | April 5, 2004
Alamodome, San Antonio 9:18 p.m. Chs. 13, 9/WBAL (1090 AM) Line: Connecticut by 5 1/2 The teams Georgia Tech (28-9) The Yellow Jackets have won nine of their past 10 games and have made it to their first NCAA tournament final under tenuous circumstances. As the No. 3 seed in the St. Louis Regional, they have won five tournament games by a combined 23 points, and edged Oklahoma State, 67-65, in Saturday's semifinal. Connecticut (32-6) The Huskies have won eight straight games, starting with the Big East tournament title and continuing with their NCAA tournament run. As the No. 2 seed in the East Rutherford Regional, they won their first four games with ease, then got here with a come-from-behind, 79-78 victory over Duke.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | April 2, 2004
Don Markus has been at The Sun since 1985. During his tenure, he covered University of Maryland men's basketball for 11 years. He will be covering his 20th Final Four tournament this weekend. Brian, Columbia: Duke and Connecticut seem to be the best two teams remaining, by far, yet they'll meet in the semis. There's been talk of re-seeding at the Final Four, which would wreck many bracket pools, which are a big reason for the tournament's popularity. Though the NCAA will never admit catering to gambling, do you think this is why we don't see re-seeding to get the best championship game?
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2003
Every day at practice, Emeka Okafor looks into the mirror. He sees himself, or at least someone who reminds the University of Connecticut's junior center of what he was before he grew into a player many consider to be among the best in college basketball. In the mirror, Okafor sees Josh Boone. "We both had a lot of work to do," Okafor said recently. "We both have come a long way, and we both have a long way to go." Boone likes to hear those comparisons, and he knows they aren't as far-fetched as some might think.
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By Paul McMullen | March 28, 2003
South semifinal No. 1 Texas (24-6) vs. No. 5 Connecticut (23-9) Site: Alamodome, San Antonio. Time: 7:27 tonight. Conference records: The Longhorns went 13-3 and finished second to Kansas in the Big 12. They handled 16th-seeded UNC-Asheville, 82-61, in the first round, and broke free in the second half from ninth-seeded Purdue for a 77-67 second-round win. Connecticut shared East Division honors with Boston College in the Big East with a 10-6 record....
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By Christian Ewell | March 17, 2002
East Regional at MCI Center No. 2 Connecticut (25-6) vs. No. 7 N.C. State (23-10) Time: 2:30 p.m. Conferences: Connecticut, Big East; N.C. State, Atlantic Coast. Outlook: The big question is whether N.C. State players such as Marcus Melvin, Julius Hodge and Ilian Evtimov can be enough of a nuisance to make up for a size disadvantage against the frontcourt duo of Emeka Okafor (6-9, 240) and Johnnie Selvie (6-7, 235), who combined for 26 rebounds and six blocks against Hampton on Friday.
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