UConn vs. New Hampshire: Checking In From XL Center

by Categorized: Andre Drummond, Jeremy Lamb, Jim Calhoun, Niels Giffey, Omar Calhoun, Ryan Boatright, Tyler Olander, UConn men's basketball

HARTFORD – Here at the XL Center for UConn-New Hampshire in about 35 minutes. … Huskies are out there stretching now. A few pregame notes.

Almost no one in the building yet.

Same lineup expected for UConn. Kevin Ollie was asked about any possible changes yesterday and he said, “no, we’re 5-1 …” Hard to argue with that. You will probably see a lot of Niels Giffey off the bench, as we did on Sunday, with R.J. Evans still out.

UConn and New Hampshire have been playing since 1905. New Hampshire won the first 10 games, UConn has won 90 of the last 115.

Here’s our game-capsule from today.

Jim Calhoun’s debut as UConn’s coach was on this day, Nov. 29, 1986, a 58-54 win over UMass. … I was working in New Haven at the time, as an intern, and the regular beat man was out for some reason. The Boss, Paul Marslano, asked me to call Calhoun, and Yale’s new coach, Dick Kuchen, who were both making their debuts the next day and write a quick preview story for the long-vanished Journal-Courier. Tim Tolokan put Calhoun on the phone for me, and that was actually the first time I interviewed the coach. … I am SURE he does not remember it.

Jeremy Lamb was sent to the D-League today, and it shouldn’t be a shock. He was acquired by the Thunder with an eye on the future, and he has not played much, eight games, 4.2 minutes per. He can use the minutes. … But would anyone have thought last June that Lamb would go to the D-League before the “project,” Andre Drummond, who is playing 16.9 minutes a game for Detroit, averaging 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds?

Leon Tolksdorf, who missed the last game with a knee injury, is available tonight for UConn.




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