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UConn’s Dan Hurley to get red carpet treatment from brother Bobby

Apr. 3—Bobby Hurley plans to roll out the red carpet for his brother Dan’s UConn basketball team this weekend in Arizona.

State Farm Stadium, the host site of the Final Four in Glendale, is located roughly 20 miles from Arizona State, where Bobby coaches.

Meanwhile, the rest of Final Four field that includes Purdue, North Carolina State and Alabama will be trying to pull the carpet out from under UConn.

The top-seeded Huskies will be attempting to become the first team since Florida in 2007 to repeat as national champions, something that Bobby Hurley also did as an All-American point guard for Duke in 1992.

Pressure will be on UConn, the favorite to win it all, and coach Dan Hurley.

“Dan really has tunnel vision,” Bobby said on Wednesday. “There’s going to be a lot of people pulling at him. There’s going to be media and a lot of hoopla surrounding this event. But I think he stays in the moment and focuses on what’s important, and that’s getting his team ready to play this weekend.

“Once that game starts, he’s going to be ready to go. That’s what I know about him. He’s amazing about his preparation and getting his team ready. I talked to him yesterday and hopefully I will be able to connect with him and see him.

“We’re the host school, so he’s got free rein to use any of the facilities here. Red carpet treatment here at Arizona State for my brother.”

The Huskies haven’t played like they’re feeling any pressure.

They’ve rolled through the NCAA tournament, winning four games by an average of 27.8 points to set up a national semifinal meeting with Alabama Saturday (8:49 p.m.) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. They’ve won a record 10 straight tournament games by double digits dating back to last season.

Bobby Hurley sees some similarities between Duke’s elite postseason performance and what UConn has done so far.

“Once the postseason tournament hits, you can take it to a different level,” Bobby said. “I think that’s what we were able to do in my back-to-back year. We knew what was…


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Author : The Day, New London, Conn.

Publish date : 2024-04-04 00:38:00

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