UConn vs. South Florida: Setting The Scene at XL …

by Categorized: Amida Brimah, DeAndre Daniels, Lasan Kromah, NCAA, Omar Calhoun, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

HARTFORD – We’re looking live at the XL Center, the UConn Pep Band is playing “Heartbreak Hotel,” and rocking it. The Huskies are just finishing up some shooting. Let’s set the scene about 30 minutes before game time …

First off – No Omar Calhoun, who is recovering from a concussion, tonight. That’s not a surprise, since he did not practice yesterday. He stayed back on campus, the thinking is the loud noise wouldn’t be good for him at this point. He’s still day to day.

Also, Joe D. says, Tyler Olander has the flu and is not likely to play. So the Huskies are pretty thin tonight against USF’s big front court. The Bulls won’t have their best guard, Anthony Collins, who has been out since mid-December.

Usual starting lineup for the Huskies – Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, Lasan Kromah, Amida Brimah.

The Huskies have a new walk-on: Nnamdi Amilo is taking Tor Watts’ spot. Tor hurt his ankle a couple of weeks ago. He is 6-4, from New Fairfield and wearing No. 23.

The officials tonight: Bryan Kersey, Bert Smith and

… Karl Hess.

Ryan Boatright needs 10 points for 1,000.

Shabazz Napier and Stefanie Dolson of the women’s team are among the finalists for the Senior CLASS award. To be considered, a senior has to be a Division I player with notable achievements in  “classroom, competition, character and community.” You can find more on the award and vote here.


Here is our advance for tonight’s game, in the Wednesday Courant and our capsule look at the matchup.

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