Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Texas senior forward Jonathan Holmes drained a game-winning 3-pointer from the left corner to lead No. 7 Texas to a stunning 55-54 victory over No. 24 UConn at Gampel Pavilion.
The loss snapped the Huskies’ 44-game winning-streak against non-conference opponents at Gampel.
In the last 10 days, Texas (6-0) has beaten Iowa, Cal and now the Huskies — the latter two with sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor out with a fractured wrist. Texas won the 2K Classic last week at Madison Square Garden, but Taylor was injured in the Iowa game.
UConn senior point guard Ryan Boatright went for 24 points and seven rebounds for UConn, but left the arena on crutches after re-injuring his ankle on the final play. He said he could miss the Yale game on Friday, but won’t be out “two or three games,” according to Dave Borges of the New Haven Register.
UConn is the latest school to offer 7-foot, 240-pound 2016 big man Rodney Miller of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy.
“[Head coach] Kevin [Ollie] called me and personally spoke to my son,” Miller’s mother, Maria, told SNY.tv. “He just said he wants him and will recruit him personally. It’s a good school and we are very interested.”
She added that Ollie “will see him very soon and he told Lil Rod he is excited about his future at UConn.”
But when Whitehead scored 15 points, with five assists, six rebounds and two blocks in a 58-54 win over George Washington at the Prudential Center, it was truly a pivotal moment.
The Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year took over the game for the unbeaten Pirates (5-0) and GW (3-2) did not have an answer. His vision was outstanding on his dimes to Brandon Mobley down low, and his jumper was silky smooth.
Here’s a few quick hits on recruiting on this Rivalry Week in football:
**Tyus Battle, the 6-foot-6 2016 combo guard from Gill St. Bernard’s, will visit UConn Sunday for the Texas game, Scout.com reported. Battle recently cut his list to 11 and is now considering UConn, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Syracuse, Villanova and Virginia. Watch our SNY.tv documentary on Tyus here.
**Kentucky’s John Calipari and Kenny Payne, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg and Arkansas’ Mike Anderson watched 2016 studs Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk Saturday night in Arkansas. The 6-4 Monk went for 45 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block as Bentonville (AR) beat St. Louis Chaminade, 86-77. The 6-7 Tatum posted 31 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals in the loss.
**Miles Bridges, a 6-6 2016 small forward from Huntington (W.V.) Prep, picked up an offer from