STORRS – Good morning … Here at Gampel, with the start of UConn vs. Boston University about 90 minutes away …
Seth Greenberg, who is working the broadcast today, was just on the court taping a segment demonstrating the new hand-check rules. He just jogged past me – “time to go change.” Off with the sweat suit, on with the business suit for him.
Joe D. and Wayne Norman, just back from Dallas, are looking fresh and ready to go, as per usual.
Looks like Huskies are sticking with the same lineup today – Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Omar Calhoun, DeAndre Daniels and Phil Nolan.
Here’s our game-day capsule look at the game that appeared in the Sunday Courant.
Your officials for the afternoon are Guy Pagano, Brandon Cruz, Tom Regan. The 2K Classic brings in the officials for these games.
The Huskies are out on the floor shooting right now. They are in the middle of a stretch of six games in two weeks, beginning with the season opener at Brooklyn on Nov. 8 and ending Nov. 22 at The Garden against Washington or Indiana.
“It’s a grind, but it’s a good grind,” Kevin Ollie was saying at practice on Saturday. It’s the same kind of template the Huskies would have in the postseason. “And I like that kind of grind,” Ollie said.
Last season, UConn opened with a more grueling schedule, but more so because of the travel – to Germany, back home for a game, then to the Virgin Islands for three games in four days. Here the grind is all basketball, at or close to home. It can only help, in terms of conditioning and improvement.
Shabazz Napier has taken relatively few shots, 23, with 13 makes. He was saying at practice that as long as teammates’ shots are falling – Omar Calhoun, Niels Giffey, et al – there’s no reason for him to shoot more. When shots stop falling, he says, “then I’ll have to be more aggressive.”
I’m looking for Kentan Facey to play a little more today – just a hunch on my part.
Will be tweeting (@AmoreCourant) and posting throughout the afternoon, stay with us.