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New post up at MVN.com’s UConn beat

I’ve been writing about UConn over at MVN.com’s UConn blog, Husky Connection.  Here’s a teaser for the March Madness preview that I wrote that will appear in the upcoming March issue of Roster Magazine as well as on MVN.

Editor’s Note: The following article will appear in the March Issue of Roster Magazine as well as MVN’s Basketball U column.

Connecticut Huskies
21-5 (10-3 Big East)
RPI: #11
Projected Seed: #2-4

Seed Explanation
Sitting at 11-5 and 2-3 in the Big East on January 17th after a home loss to Providence, UConn fans were more often left with thoughts of how they stacked up against other potential bubble teams than how they stacked up against the nation’s best. But a ten game winning streak including wins against four top twenty-five ranked teams (Marquette, @Indiana, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame) change all that.

Now sitting a only ½ game back of Georgetown and Louisville in the conference, the Huskies look to take advantage of a stretch run of five conference opponents with a combined Big East record of 27-40 as the make a serious bid at the regular season Big East crown and the #1 seed in Madison Square Garden where past national champion UConn teams have begun their run.

With a strong overall schedule (SOS: #11), a Husky regular season and Big East tournament championship could easily mean a #2 seed (from where Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor led the Huskies to their last national title.

Looking at the upcoming schedule and the possibility of returning Jerome Dyson to the lineup for the stretch run, it is hard to foresee the Huskies slipping below a #4 seed in the dance without a meltdown of catastrophic proportions.

You can read the rest here: Husky Connection at MVN

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Tim Daloisio: Media Mogul

The Daloisio Express is off and rolling! I’ve got new posts up at MVN’s Red Sox and UConn blogs as well as an online radio show appearance booked for tomorrow night.

– Fire Brand of the American League: 2008 Red Sox Bullpen: For Better or Worse
– Husky Connection: It’s all about tempo and we’ve got Tha-beet

    My Husky column is currently being featured on the front page of MVN’s NCAA section.

    I’ll be speaking with the hosts of “On the Field with Colin and Durden” over at BlogTalkRadio live tomorrow at 9:55 pm. You can find the link here to listen live or to hit up the archive of the event the following morning.

    More on the Dunk Contest

    I am fascinated with the YouTube promotion of the dunk contest, as previously covered here and here.  But I wanted to pull in a little more context.

    Rudy Gay’s initial video has been viewed over 1,600,000 times in the past two weeks generating over 2,200 comments and nearly 200 video responses posting dunks that he should try out.

    Now that’s viral marketing the way it should be done in the interactive space.  The NBA, Sprite, and YouTube combined to deliver a campaign that captivated an audience and built a platform for interaction that has tremendous opportunity for payoff during NBA All Star weekend.

    Well done.

    Jamario Moon wets our whistle on YouTube

    The NBA dunk contest will be relevant again this year and it might be grass roots build up on YouTube that pushes it back there. It started with Rudy Gay calling out to the community to help choose his dunk (which I covered here). And there have been top ten dunk video montages put together and circulated for each of the four contestants;

    Gerald Green, Minnesota Timberwolves (Defending Champion)
    Dwight Howard, Orland Magic
    Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
    Jamario Moon, Toronto Raptors

      But I stumbled on the icing on the cake today thanks to the community over at Yardbarker in Jamario Moon’s teaser video for a dunk that will knock your socks off.

      Moon, an ex-Harlem Globetrotter who has a growing following of NBA faithfuls, shows off his stuff in a YouTube promo. Stick around until the end for the cliffhanger, it’s a little staged and cheesy, but totally worth it!

      In case you missed it, here’s a screenshot of where Moon took off from for his two handed jam.

      jamario moon from beyond the foul line

      That’s just sick! The only way he could top that would be to pull an “Over the Moon” and dunk over himself!

      I haven’t been this excited for a dunk contest in a long time. It’s about time the NBA made this hyphy again.

      Husky Connection

      I’ve decided to extend my blogging at MVN past just Red Sox coverage and am going to try my hand once a week or so at blogging UCONN basketball at their Huskies blog Husky Connection.

      I’ve also added an RSS widget to the sidebar all the way to the right here pointing to my MVN writings for both the Red Sox and Huskies.

      Watching the Huskies

      I am taking the next couple of hours to watch the Connecticut Huskies at Alumni Hall in Indiana against the Hoosiers.  I’ve followed UCONN since the early 80’s.  Growing up in Connecticut there isn’t much that, as a sports fan, you can all your own.

      GO Huskies

      This UCONN team has been a fun one to watch grow and develop.  My frustration with the last few teams lead by Charlie Villanueva and then Rudy Gay was born of the understanding that we would have star players, but only for a year or two before they bolted for the NBA only to then develop from the coaching of Jim Calhoun.That’s why this team is so interesting.  This group of players, with little expectations, is going on their second year of being together and will likely all remain for a third next year (unprecedented in this era).  They are learning how to be a team, something that is very hard to do in one season.  In my opinion, it takes multiple seasons for a team of developing talent to grow together and become a championship caliber team.  I think the recent Florida teams are a great example of this.

      What I find exciting about this team, and one of the things I love about college basketball, is seeing the progression of players over time.  I enjoy seeing a great coach mold a player and a team.  You can clearly see this happening with the likes of Hasheem Thabeet and A.J. Price.  Hopefully the development of Stanley Robinson is not far behind.

      Coming into this game at Indiana, Jim Calhoun suspended Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins, two of the Huskies top three guards and shooters for “conduct detrimental to the team”.  They weren’t arrested or suspended.  But Calhoun was not happy with something they did.  And this seems to have been a great thing for the team.  They are playing hard today, with passion.  Calhoun may have set an example of Dyson and Wiggins.  Hopefully that example drives their teammates to succeed as well as presses the two offenders into overdrive as well.

      As I write this, the Huskies are up 9 against the #7 team in the nation on the road with 8 minutes left to go in the game.  This could be the win that solidifies a post season berth for the young dawgs; and no team in the nation should look forward to seeing them across the bracket come March.

      Help Rudy Gay choose his dunk for the dunk contest.

      Calling all ballers.

      I must say, it’s a pretty slick way of pumping yourself up to be the fan favorite come dunk day.  Think of this as the Internet generation’s “pump” ala Dee Brown.

      Rudy’s already leaps and bounds ahead of the competition as the favorite going into this years dunk competition.  This cements him as the man to beat.

      For a preview of what’s in store come All Star Weekend, check this: