MEMPHIS – Looking live at FedEx Forum, where UConn will be playing Memphis in a few minutes.
Setting the scene for you …
Lot of buzz about this game in town, and this is still a college town. The Tigers sell out this building more consistently than the NBA Grizzlies do, the locals tell me. Jeff Jacobs was on the local radio station a little while ago.
The Memphis pep band is pounding out the theme from “The Jeffersons,” movin’ on up to the East Side, yada, yada, yada …
UConn’s starters: Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, Lasan Kromah and Amida Brimah, another new combination. But it’s no surprise, the way Brimah played vs. UCF.
UConn commit Daniel Hamilton, who signed a financial-aid agreement as opposed to a binding letter of intent, is going to be in Springfield this weekend for the Hall of Fame Classic. But his John Bosco team from Bellflower, Calif., will be playing Saturday night at 6 p.m., two hours before the UConn-Louisvillle game. Safe bet UConn coaches will get up there to see him somehow.
Kuran Iverson, from Northwest Catholic, has not played the last couple of games for Memphis. Coach Josh Pastner said it’s been “hard to get everyone minutes.”
Both teams like to run, but look for Memphis to pound the ball inside and force UConn to try to stop Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols.
Your officials tonight: Tom Eades, Lee Jones, James Breeding.
The Sacramento Kings, who play the Grizzlies here Friday night, are in town, so Rudy Gay could stop by. His return to Memphis, his original team and a place where he was deeply involved in the community, is also long anticipated here.
Our main advance from the Thursday Courant, and our capsule look at the matchup are here.