UConn vs. Rutgers: Setting The Scene From The RAC

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, Amida Brimah, DeAndre Daniels, Lasan Kromah, Niels Giffey, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Looking live at the RAC, where UConn and Rutgers are on the floor, shooting around, about 10 minutes before the start of tonight’s game.

Setting you up: Little snowier than expected, not just a dusting, but it has stopped snowing. The crowd should be close to what was expected, 8,000, a full house. Not a lot of people in here yet, though.

Duke Edsall, Brent Hampton, Clarence Armstrong are your officials tonight. This is the only AAC game on the schedule.

UConn’s lineup: Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Lasan Kromah, Amida Brimah and DeAndre Daniels. Niels Giffey started for Boatright last time, but now Boat is back. The Huskies try to send Rutgers off to the Big Ten with a taste of … well, you know how that goes.

Talking to DeAndre Daniels on Friday, and the thought of Rutgers immediately reminded him of the “altercation” he had with Jim Calhoun here at The RAC two years ago. (“Altercation” is Daniels’ word). Daniels came out of a game, got an earful and a poke in the ribs form Calhoun.

They spoke afterward and, since Calhoun retired, they have talked frequently. Calhoun often stresses to Daniels to focus on getting stronger, and not worry about the actual number of pounds put on.

Daniels attributes his improved three-point shooting to work over the summer. He said he tried to get 2,000 shots off every day.

UConn was 9-2 in this building under Calhoun, who once said it was “appropriately named, because ‘The Rack’ was used as a torture device.” It was noisy and hostile and all that, but the Huskies came in and won every year except 2002 and 20012.

Rutgers’ last NCAA Tournament appearance was 1991, before joining the Big East.

The Huskies will again play before a season-high crowd, as they did at Houston, SMU and Memphis.

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