UConn at USF: Setting the Scene in Tampa

by Categorized: Amida Brimah, Lasan Kromah, Niels Giffey, Prince Ali, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

TAMPA, Fla. – Greetings from Tampa. The Huskies are out shooting around at the Sun Dome, about 30 minutes to game time.

Everybody appears healthy for UConn. Would assume the same lineup, Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, Lasan Kromah, Amida Brimah. Will update if there’s a change.

Will the Huskies find a way to get Niels Giffey open and get him the ball? Easier said than done, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea. South Florida doesn’t have the length SMU had, the penetrate-and-kick-out game should be more effective tonight.

Was on The Bower Show this afternoon, and with Joe D. on the pregam show. Thanks to both for having me. One topic was how badly the Huskies need at least one more win to assure a tournament berth. If they were to lose all their remaining games, and in the first round in Memphis, they would be 21-11 – and I’m not sure that would do it. I think they need one, maybe two more to really be sure. That places serious importance on tonight’s game vs. the Bulls, and maybe March 5 vs. Rutgers.

UConn commit Prince Ali scored 22 points and had seven rebounds to lead his school, Sagemont, to a win in the state semifinals here Tuesday night. Ali came right back with 20 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday as Sagemont (33-0) beat Tampa Prep for the Class 3A title. Karl Hobbs has been out in Lakeland watching Ali play.

Here’s a recap from the Lakeland Ledger.

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