NEW YORK – We’re minutes away from the start of the season at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A few notes to start you off …
UConn’s starters are Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Omar Calhoun at guard, DeAndre Daniels at forward and Phil Nolan at center. This was the lineup that started the second half against Concordia.
For Maryland, Dez Wells, Nick Faust, Jake Layman, Shaquille Cleare and Evan Smotrycz, no surprises there.
This is technically a home game for the Terps, who have a multi-year agreement to play games here at Barclays Center. The place looks about 75-80 percent full.
Daniel Hamilton, one of the Huskies top 2014 recruits, is expected here to watch the game. Have not seen him as yet.
Rodney Purvis, who must travel to home games on his own, has done just that and is in the stands.
Warde Manuel and other UConn athletic execs plan to leave here immediately after the game and get back to East Hartford for the end of the football game. They will ride from here to Teeterboro airport in New Jersey and fly to Brainard. Getting to Jersey from here will be the toughest part of that journey – if they make it, this observer will be impressed.
… Wonderful video on Ryan Boatright, produced by UConn, is out today. See it here.