MEMPHIS – Looking live at the court at the FedEx Center. Cincinnati has fought off Central Florida, 61-58, in a very characteristic, Cincinnati-like game. Sean Kilpatrick scored 21.
Now it’s UConn vs. Memphis in about 25 minutes. Jim Calhoun and his son, Jeff, are sitting courtside. The FedEx Forum has been filling steadily the last hour or so, folks catching the second half of the early game. It will be completely loaded for the host team.
The Huskies heard the boos as they came out on the floor just now.
Hearing that UConn will tweak the starting lineup tonight:
Phil Nolan is expected to start at center in place of Amida Brimah, and Niels Giffey for Lasan Kromah, who has been in a long shooting slump. Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels are the other starters, as usual for UConn. Don’t know how long it will stay that way; Kevin Ollie is probably just changing things up, going for a different look.
Your officials tonight: Ted Valentine, Zelton Steed, Gerry Pollard. You never know what might happen with Teddy V in the house.
South Florida coach Stan Heath was saying on Wednesday night that the gap between the five ranked teams in the AAC and the other half was not as wide as people perceive. Houston’s upset over SMU bears that out, but Louisville’s 61-point blowout over Rutgers would suggest a pretty big gap.
Quote of the day: Rick Pitino was asked how a coach, like Eddie Jordan, should handle a loss like Wednesday.
“It’s the time when you go straight to the bar, forget the game, have a drink and get ready for next year.”