NEW YORK – The Huskies and Spartans are on the floor, the start of the NCAA East Regional final is about 25 minutes away.
Let’s set the scene at Madison Square Garden. Anna Negron has just belted out the anthem, impressively one might add.
Kevin Ollie’s featuring a light gray suit today.
UConn’s staying with the lineup it has been using – Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, Phil Nolan and Niels Giffey.
You know Lasan Kromah and Amida Brimah will be off the bench early, Terrence Samuel will get in there for a spark. One wonders if Tyler Olander, who has played only three minutes in the tournament, gets some action today against this big Spartan line. He played well against MSU in Germany.
Michigan State starts Adreian Payne, Brandon Dawson, Keith Appling, Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine, no surprises.
Your refs: Mike Roberts, Tom Eades, John Higgins.
Andre Drummond is in the house, watching his former teammates. Imagine if he were on this team as a junior? Anyway, he was down behind the UConn bench chatting with Jim Calhoun.
Classic matchup today, not much to be said that isn’t already up on our website. UConn has the better backcourt, Michigan State the stronger front court. Let it fly.