Mar 27, 2014
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UConn vs. Iowa State in NCAA Sweet 16: CPTV Film on UConn History a Nice Warm-Up

UConn vs. Iowa State in NCAA Sweet 16: CPTV Film on UConn History a Nice Warm-Up

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - MARCH 22: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

With Shabazz Napier and the UConn men’s basketball team taking on Iowa State Friday at Madison Square Garden in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) is offering a great warm-up tonight by rebroadcasting Rich Hanley’s documentary “UConn Men's Basketball: An Illustrated History.”

It’s not a new film, but it’s still a nice look back on the now-storied program at UConn. Hanley (right), now an Associate Professor of Journalism and Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, made the film in 1998 and revised it in 1999, his résumé says.

“Follow the evolution of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team from the turn of the century until the present,” Hanley says of the two-hour documentary that won a Connecticut Associated Press Broadcasters Association Honorable Mention Award.

It airs at 9 p.m. tonight on CPTV.

Tomorrow, the UConn fever kicks into high gear, with UConn nation planning “a Garden Party of events in New York City” as the Huskies try to earn a spot in the Elite Eight.

There will be extra Metro-North trains before and after the game, according to a UConn Today post, which says the UConn Alumni Association will host a pre-game event at 5:30 p.m. at The Affinia Manhattan Ballroom.

“Husky alumni are invited to rally for the team with President Susan Herbst, Director of Athletics Warde Manuel, Jonathan, the pep band, cheerleaders, and more, this Friday across from Madison Square Garden! Enjoy appetizers, season highlights, and a cash bar at the largest Husky pre-game event in NYC,” the post says.

While Iowa State is a #3 seed and UConn a #7 seed—and Iowa State is a 2-point favorite in the game—look for the Huskies to play as inspired as they have throughout the tournament.

If UConn wins, the team will play Sunday against the winner of the Virginia-Michigan State game.

But that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

Prep for tomorrow night’s game with the CPTV documentary and our pre-season profile of Coach Kevin Ollie.


UConn vs. Iowa State in NCAA Sweet 16: CPTV Film on UConn History a Nice Warm-Up

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