UConn Men vs. Florida: Setting The Scene At Gampel

by Categorized: DeAndre Daniels, Jim Calhoun, Omar Calhoun, Phil Nolan, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball
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STORRS – Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Looking live at Gampel Pavilion, the start of UConn vs. Florida is about 30 minutes away.

Electricity in the air, and outside the building. The student section is already packed, booing as the Gators come out on at 6:17 p.m. A lot of big heads being held up, including Jonathan.

The Pep Band is playing Brass Bonanza.

This is going to be a fun night.

UConn moved up a spot to No. 12 in the AP writers poll, which came out today. The Huskies are 14th in USA Today/Coaches. Florida is 15th in AP, 12th in USA Today/Coaches.

I’m on the WTIC-AM pregame show with Joe D, so be sure to give that a listen.

Same lineup for the Huskies – Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Omar Calhoun, DeAndre Daniels and Phil Nolan. … Look for a lot of subbing, as Kevin Ollie rotates three or four big men into the fray.

Billy Donovan said Sunday he wasn’t planning on having swing man DeVon Walker, who has a foot injury. But he is out on the floor, and moving pretty well, so it looks like he’ll play a little.

Your officials tonight: Karl Hess, James Luckie, Michael Stephens.

There are more than 20 NBA scouts expected for this game, a rare chance for northeast regional guys to see Florida. Jeff Ruland is here form  the Wizard, Tim Hardaway from  the Heat, Danny and Austin Ainge from  the Celtics are among the reserved seat tags here on press row.

Lot of buzz on campus, and here in Gampel, about the soccer team’s dramatic win at UCLA on Sunday night. The baseball team has a lot of recruits here at this game.

Here is our preview of the game and our game-day capsule from the Monday Courant.

Jim Calhoun is in his seat, as am I. … Jeff Jacobs and Sara Grant from the Courant are here with me, so follow us along for the details as they happen.. Sit back and enjoy the game.

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