UConn vs. Indiana: Setting Things Up At The Garden

by Categorized: Daniel Hamilton, DeAndre Daniels, Jerome Dyson, Kentan Facey, Noah Vonleh, Omar Calhoun, Phil Nolan, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, UConn men's basketball
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NEW YORK – Here we go, UConn vs. Indiana coming up in a few minutes.

The Huskies and Hoosiers have played eight times, and UConn has won five. One of the Indy wins was in 1939; since 1995, UConn has won 5 of 7, including an emotional game in Bloomington in 2008. UConn was playing short-handed in that game, with Doug Wiggins and Jerome Dyson suspended before the game.

Here in the 2K Classic, this was the matchup UConn had in mind all along. With a game scheduled at Washington for Dec. 22, they did not want to play the West Coast Huskies twice. With two wins now over ACC teams, Maryland and Boston College, a win over a Big Ten opponent would really begin to build an impressive resume.

But let’s not jump to far ahead. Indiana, which has dominated its first five opponents on the boards, will be very tough tonight. They’ve have a size edge on UConn, and freshman Noah Vonleh, who chose Indiana over UConn, is a serious force.

The Huskies will stick with their lineup, Phil Nolan, DeAndre Daniels, Omar Calhoun, Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. But it will probably be a rotation that includes Amida Brimah, Tyler Olander and Kentan Facey to combat the Hooiser’s front court. The Huskies have depth and fouls to give.

UConn will bank on its backcourt, and its experience, to try to take home the trophy.

Passing along this tweet from Daniel Hamilton: “Keep calm, UConn fans. I signed. #bleedblue.”  Hamilton signed a financial aid agreement, which binds UConn and allows coaches to comment on him, but does not bind the player.

Boston College beat Washington 89-78 in the consolation game at the Garden earlier today. This was a pretty good trip for the Eagles, who lost by two to UConn in the semifinal. They’re 2-4, but may have found a rhythm and could go on to have a decent season.

Joe Rahon scored 22 for BC. C.J. Wilcox, shut down effectively by UConn last year, scored 30. Wahington gave up 191 points in two games here.

Jim Calhoun is in his seat, and so am I. … Lots more to come on our main website, and via twitter @AmoreCourant and @JacobsCourant. Follow along with us until the wee hours of the morning.

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