UConn vs. UCF … Setting The Scene In Orlando

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, Amida Brimah, AP Top 25, DeAndre Daniels, Kevin Ollie, Larry Brown, Lasan Kromah, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Greetings from warm, sunny central Florida, where UConn and UCF should be playing outdoors today.

But they are inside, on the Knights’ odd-colored floor and DeAndre Daniels is out shooting with teammates about an hour before game time. He’s been fully participating in all the drills with his teammates the last two days, so it looks like the back spasms have subsided, the right ankle is Okay and he is good to go against Central Florida tonight.

With back injuries, you never know. It looked good an  hour before the game at Cincinnati, so we’ll keep an eye on it. But for now, you can pencil in Daniels, Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Lasan Kromah and Amidah Brimah as your UConn starters.

Doug Simons, Joe DeRosa, Jeffrey Anderson are your refs for the evening.

The Knights are trying to break a 7-game losing streak tonight. That could make them desperate, dangerous, but the Huskies are not coming off a win – they’re coming off a loss. So they should come out fired up, they have to.

This is one of the tops Joe D. and I are discussing for the pregame show. Tune in to WTIC-AM 1080 in a little bit and give that a listen.

Did you see the Cincinnati-SMU game on Saturday night? Larry Brown continues to get things done in Dallas; he has created the best homecourt advantage in the league. The Mustangs come to Gampel on Feb. 23.

UConn is 32nd in RPI, through games of Feb. 6. Will the Huskies remain in the AP Top 25 if they win tonight? Something to chew on. Follow https://twitter.com/AmoreCourant for updates throughout the evening.

From the Sunday Courant, our main advance and capsule look at the matchup.

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