ARLINGTON, Texas – Looking live at the court at AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboy Stadium and also known as Jerry’s World.
It’s an unusual vantage point, with the court raised above the seats around it. From press row, your eye level is roughly at the players’ ankles. It’s a little like the view from the orchestra pit at a stage musical.
We’re less than an hour from the start of the game, UConn vs. Florida. The Huskies fans are filling the section under the basket to my right. The UConn Pep Band is rocking, as usual, (“Thriller,” as I type) trading songs with the Florida band. These kids put in a lot of hard work, so shout out to them.
We set the scene from the Final Four:
… The Gators are on the floor right now, the Huskies about to join them.
UConn is going with its usual starting lineup, the one Kevin Ollie has used since the start of the AAC Tournament on March 13: Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Niels Giffey, DeAndre Daniels and Phil Nolan.
Plenty of Amida Brimah, Lasan Kromah and maybe Terrence Samuel off the bench. Everybody is healthy, has been practicing and is good to go on UConn’s side.
Florida goes with Will Yeguette, Casey Prather, Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II, with Dorian Finney-Smith, Kasey Hill and Chris Walker coming off the bench. No surprises there.
Wilbekin played 73 minutes vs. UCLA and Dayton without a turnover.
If the Gators do a lot of trapping, it will be critical for Giffey and others to hit open threes when the ball is kicked out. If Young gets UConn’s big men into foul trouble, Tyler Olander may be called upon for important minutes.
I’ve done more than 20 radio interviews this week; lots of folks coast to coast wanted to know about Shabazz Napier, Kevin Ollie, et al. Thanks to all for having me.
Tons of content on our site from Jeff Jacobs, Paul Doyle, Sara Grant, Steve Dunn, Rich Messina and myself, so do check that out if you haven’t already. We will be updating throughout the night.
Rich Coppola is here, too, sitting up somewhere near Saturn, he says, but there will be great coverage on FoxCT after the game.
Ollie said yesterday that UConn “doesn’t have a B or C game, only an A game.” … If the Huskies have an A-plus game, now’s the time.