UConn vs. Cincinnati: Setting The Semifinal Scene in Memphis

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, DeAndre Daniels, Jim Calhoun, Kevin Ollie, Niels Giffey, Phil Nolan, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

MEMPHIS  – Looking live at the FedEx Forum which, safe to say, will not be as full or loud as it was a 24 hours ago when the host team was playing.

Louisville has beaten Houston 94-65, with Russ Smith scoring 42 points. Maybe he’s ticked off about the award, too?

Let’s set the scene … Jim Calhoun, who is to my right, was amused by the fuss caused by his vague remarks to ESPN about coaching again. “I’m not planning on coaching again,” he said.

But he’s not shutting the door and never has. … Why should he?

Same lineup for the Huskies – Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Niels Giffey, DeAndre Daniels and  Phil Nolan. No sense changing it. Kevin Ollie liked the way Giffey’s presence spread the floor, giving Napier and Boatright room to operate.

Omar Calhoun didn’t get into the game last night. He’s out shooting with his teammates right now, though. Tyler Olander is out for UConn; he has a stomach virus.

Napier was one of six finalists for the Hall of Fame’s Bob Cousy Award, presented to the nation’s top point guard. The other five are Kyle Anderson of UCLA, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Marcus Paige of North Carolina, Aaron Craft of Ohio State and Fred VanVleet of Wichita State. The Hall’s committee will present the award at the Final Four.

AAC commish Mike Aresco said the league will take a month to six weeks to consider other offers before deciding whether or not to pick up its option to return to Memphis for the tournament next year. Hartford and Orlando are possible sites if the league moves for 2015. Aresco said the plan is to move the tournament around over the next decade in any event. Lots more on this in the UConn notebook for the Saturday Courant, going up soon on our website.

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