STORRS – Barring a Willis Reed-like entry, DeAndre Daniels can be ruled out of the UConn-Houston game.
Daniels did not participate in the Huskies’ 4 p.m. shoot-around, and was wearing a walking boot and ice on his high right ankle sprain. Kevin Ollie said on Wednesday that he would probably sit Daniels out if he did not participate in the shoot-around, so there’s that.
The focus is on getting him ready for Cincinnati on Feb. 6.
With Daniels out, we’re looking at a starting lineup of Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Lasan Kromah, Amida Brimah and Niels Giffey.
We set the scene at Gampel about 90 minutes before the game, as Terrence Samuel, Leon Tolksdorf, Kentan Facey and Pat Lenehan are out on the court shooting.
The Knicks, Celtics, Wizards, Thunder, Mavericks and Spurs had seats reserved for scouts at Gampel on Thursday night. They’re probably looking at TaShawn Thomas, as well as the UConn guards.
Your referees for tonight: Ted Valentine, Jeff Clark, John Gaffney. You may recalled Valentine worked the Louisville game on Jan. 18, in which Kevin Ollie was ejected.
The game is not sold out, but chances are, with walk-up sales, there will be more than 9,000 when all is said and done.
If Cincinnati beats Louisville tonight, the Bearcats may be uncatchable in the American Athletic Conference.