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Taking you between the lines and on the beat with The Hartford Courant's UConn Insiders

Taking you between the lines and on the beat with The Hartford Courant's UConn Insiders


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Taking you between the lines and on the beat with The Hartford Courant's UConn Insiders




UConn Insider Podcast, Ep. 183: Introducing Courant beat writer Shreyas Laddha, talking UConn hoops

Welcome back, Husky fans! The Hartford Courant's UConn women's basketball beat writer Alexa Philippou introduces to the pod the Courant's new UConn men's basketball beat writer, Shreyas Laddha. Shreyas discusses his background, how he almost got into basketball ops and what makes him excited to cover the Huskies (1:30). Then, Alexa and Shreyas break down some of their early impressions and areas of improvement for the 7-1 UConn men (12:12) and the 3-1 UConn women (25:04). Discussed topics...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 182: Summer updates on Azzi Fudd, Donovan Clingan & the Huskies

Summer is here, and so are some updates on your UConn Huskies! The Courant's UConn basketball writers Shawn McFarland and Alexa Philippou dive deep on the offseason additions to the UConn women’s and men’s basketball teams, as well as latest Husky commit Donovan Clingan.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 181: Chicago Sky's Azurá Stevens

UConn women's basketball alum and current Chicago Sky forward/center Azurá Stevens joins the UConn Insider Podcast to check in ahead of her fourth season in the league. Stevens, whose standout 2020 season was cut short due to a knee injury, provides an offseason update from Phoenix where she was working with Sky assistant coach Olaf Lange (2:15), reflects back on the WNBA bubble experience (6:40), discusses joining the Sky and being reunited with former UConn teammate Gabby Williams (10:30)...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 180: Wrapping up the UConn men's & women's seasons

The Courant's Shawn McFarland, Alexa Philippou and Dom Amore wrap up the UConn men's and women's basketball seasons and provide perspective on how we should assess their 2020-21 campaigns despite such disappointing endings.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 179: Previewing the Women's Final Four

The Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland break down everything you need to know about the UConn women's basketball team's Final Four run, including how they got here, who stands in their way of a 12th national title and which players need to step up for that to happen. They also share why they’d run through a wall for Arizona’s Adia Barnes and what’s made AP National Player of the Year Paige Bueckers the most thrilling player to watch in all of college basketball this season.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 178: Paige Bueckers vs. Caitlin Clark

The Hartford Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland break down all things UConn women's basketball following the Huskies' first and second round NCAA Tournament victories in San Antonio. They also preview the upcoming Paige Bueckers-Caitlin Clark showdown in the Sweet 16, which is set to be a battle of epic proportions.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 177: Andrea Hurley talks new podcast, life as a coach's wife

Andrea Hurley, wife of UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley, stops by this week's episode of The UConn Insider podcast to talk about her new podcast 'Ball is Wife,' which pulls back the curtain on the lives of basketball coaches' wives. Along the way, she provides an update on how she and the team are faring inside the NCAA Tournament bubble in Indianapolis, what Dan is like away from the court and how it's been for her son to join the program as a walk-on.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 176: Geno has COVID-19, all things March Madness with Alex Putterman

On this week's episode of the UConn Insider Podcast, Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland are joined by COVID-19 reporter and reigning Courant bracket champion Alex Putterman to discuss Geno Auriemma's COVID-19 case and both UConn basketball teams' NCAA Tournament brackets.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 175: It's Big East Tournament time

In this week's episode of the UConn Insider Podcast, The Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland chat Big East hoops on the heels of the women's tournament and with the men's well underway. Shawn breaks down what to know about the UConn men's quarterfinal opponent, DePaul (0:50), before Alexa recaps how the UConn women played their best basketball of the season this past weekend on their way to another conference title (8:45). Then, they look at the momentum the men have built over the...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 174: Talking UConn Men Bracketology with Mike DeCourcy and Jerry Palm

In this week's podcast, The Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland break down the UConn men's big win over Seton Hall and how it helps their NCAA Tournament chances (0:30). Ahead of the Big East women's tournament, Alexa shares how UConn freshmen Aaliyah Edwards and Nika Muhl are on upward trajectories and reveals who earned her regular season superlatives (9:10). In the second half of the episode (20:00), Shawn sits down with bracketologists Mike DeCourcy (FOX) and Jerry Palm (CBS)...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 173: Assessing UConn Men's, Women's Basketball Teams Ahead Of March

With March right around the corner, The Hartford Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland discuss whether the UConn men are a NCAA Tournament team and if the UConn women are peaking at the right time. They also dive deep on who else can help James Bouknight on offense, as well as Christyn Williams' growth on the defensive end. Shawn answers some rapid-fire questions about UConn basketball and his sneaker collection, while Alexa shouts out the pod's first-ever Husky of the Week award...


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 172: Alexa Philippou And Shawn McFarland

The Courant's Alexa Philippou and Shawn McFarland joined the show to discuss our reader poll about the best freshman season in UConn women's history, Geno Auriemma's sky hook and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 171: Men's Hoops (And An Ode To Paige Bueckers) With Dom Amore

The Courant's Dom Amore stopped by to break down a host of UConn men's topics, including Jalen Gaffney's emergence as a reliable scorer, James Bouknight's absence and the impact it's had on the rest of the Huskies' lineup and more. The show wraps up with Amore's impressions of Paige Bueckers, whose spectacular performance against South Carolina on Monday resulted in some seismic social media buzz.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 170: SNY's Meghan Culmo

UConn women's basketball alum and SNY analyst Meghan Culmo joined our Alexa Philippou to break down the Huskies' season.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 169: Men's Hoops With Dom Amore

The Courant's Dom Amore joined the show to discuss the UConn men's basketball team's recent win over DePaul, Tyler Polley's torrid shooting, James Bouknight's injury, the Huskies' need for a true No. 2 scoring option to emerge, Dee Rowe's passing and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 168: ESPN's LaChina Robinson

ESPN's LaChina Robinson joined The Courant's Alexa Philippou to break down the college hoops season, discuss her career and more.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 167: SNY's Maria Marino

SNY host and sideline reporter Maria Marino joined The Courant's Alexa Philippou for a wide-ranging discussion on the delayed UConn women's basketball season.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 166: Men's Hoops With Dom Amore

The Courant's Dom Amore stopped by to preview the upcoming UConn men's basketball season. You'll hear his thoughts on Dan Hurley's progress as a program-builder, James Bouknight's evolution into a bona fide NBA prospect, the make-up of a roster that now really squares with Hurley's coaching philosophy and more. The show wraps with some predictions for what figures to be another unpredictable season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 165: Women's Hoops With Alexa Philippou

The Courant's Alexa Philippou joins the show to break down the upcoming UConn women's basketball season. You’ll hear about the most intriguing storylines swirling around the Huskies at the outset of this unique season, from Christyn Williams' leadership to Paige Buecker’s Instagram prowess and everything in between.


UConn Insider Podcast, Episode 164: Kimani Young

UConn men's basketball associate head coach Kimani Young called in to discuss his new assignment, the path he took to Storrs, his unique relationship with Dan Hurley, the keys to finding success on the virtual recruiting trail, his role with Coaches For Action, the buzz around this year’s Huskies and more.