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Monday, March 02, 2015

No. 11 just feels right UConn's Kia Nurse

There's been one topic I've been wanting to address with UConn freshman Kia Nurse and never got around to it - until now.

A season ago walk-on Briana Pulido wore No. 11 yet this season without fanfare, she switched the No. 24 while Kia Nurse got to wear No. 11.

So is there an interesting back story to all of this? Did Nurse have to buy Pulido dinner, carry her bags on the road? No, not really.

"I misunderstood what was going on," Nurse said. "When they emailed me and asked for what number, I didn't know how it worked here but I said I would like No. 11 but if that is not possible, that is no problem. I was fortunate enough to get it. I have always been 11 on any basketball team I have ever played on."

Nurse never even had to ask Pulido to give up the number, she did so voluntarily.

"Polly (Pulido) is really cool like that," Nurse said.

WILLIAMS JUMPING IN
With all the attention former UConn football star Byron Jones for his 12 foot, 3 inch broad jump and 44 1/2 inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine, I had to ask UConn freshman Gabby Williams if she could have given Jones a run or jump for his money considering that she finished fifth in the U.S. Olympic trials in the high jump back in 2012 when she was just 15.

She was quick to shrug off that suggestion. The broad jump is done so infrequently, Williams probably hasn't even tried for a personal best in that event. How about approaching 44 1/2 inches on a vertical jump.

"Maybe with a trampoline," Williams said with a laugh.
LOOK AHEAD TO AAC TOURNAMENT
Today is the last day of the regular season and seven of the 11 teams have already secured their seed for the upcoming American Athletic Conference tournament.

UConn and South Florida, who play tonight, will be the seeded first and second. Beginning with No. 7 seed Memphis, the pecking order at the bottom of the conference is at set. Central Florida and Cincinnati are seeded eighth and ninth (and get to play on Friday for the right to face UConn in the quarterfinals), Southern Methodist is 10th and Houston 11th.

The only details to be finalized is who will be seeded 3,4, 5 and 6.

Tulsa can clinch the third seed with a win tonight against Cincinnati and Temple would be the fourth seed with a win over Houston and a Tulsa win. Temple could move up to the No. 3 seed with a win and a Tulsa loss.

East Carolina is a game behind Tulsa and Temple. If Tulsa and Temple avoid the upsets and East Carolina wins, the Pirates would be seeded fifth. Tulane has already wrapped up its regular season and the only way it can move up from being the No. 6 seed would be if one of the teams ahead of them were to stumble. A loss by ECU would move Tulane up at least one spot.

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