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Saturday / January 19.
  • UConn Wins Paradise Jam; ‘Cuse, KU to Face Off

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    Lots of holiday week action on the hardwood…

    **No. 2 UConn beat No. 19 Wisconsin, 76-57, to win the Paradise Jam in the first ever meeting between the schools. Jerome Dyson led the Huskies with 21 points and 3 steals, former Rice standout Kemba Walker continued to excel by notching 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals and Jeff Adrien added 14 points and 8 boards.

    Junior Hasheem Thabeet was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after a dominating defensive performance over the three games. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by Dyson, Walker, Jack McClinton of Miami, Trevon Hughes of Wisconsin and Jeremy Wise of Southern Mississippi.

    **No. 22 Miami, which recently got a commitment from Walker’s old Rice teammate Durand Scott, destroyed San Diego, 80-45, in the consolation game behind Brian Asbury’s 14 points and 5 rebounds and Jimmy Graham’s 11 points and 13 rebounds.

    **Senior Danny Green scored a career-high 26 points as No. 1 North Carolina, again playing without Tyler Hansbrough, rolled over Chaminade 115-70 at the Maui Invitational. Hansbrough missed three weeks of practice and the first two games of the season with a stress reaction in his right shin. The reigning player of the year wasn’t expected to play all three games in the three-day tournament.

    **Tory Jackson had 21 points and 6 assists and fellow guard Kyle McAlarney added 18 points, all on 3-pointers, as No. 8 Notre Dame rolled over Indiana 88-50 in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

    The Fighting Irish (3-0) will face No. 6 Texas in the semifinals today.

    **A.J. Abrams had 17 points as the Longhorns routed St. Joseph’s 68-50 in Maui.

    **Paul Harris had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jonny Flynn scored 18 points as Syracuse downed No. 17 Florida in a battle of recent former NCAA champs at the CBE Classic in Kansas City.

    Syracuse (4-0) shot 51 percent from the field and had 19 assists on 31 field goals, taking control with a big run early in the second half. Andy Rautins (pictured) hit five 3-pointers and had 15 points.

    **The Orange will face Kansas in Tuesday’s final after Cole Aldrich had a career-high 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked six shots, helping No. 22 Kansas rout Washington 73-54.

    *Stephen Curry continued to look NBA-ready by pouring in 39 points as No. 24 Davidson beat Florida Atlantic 76-60.
    (The AP contributed)
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.