UConn vs. Yale: Setting Things Up at XL …

by Categorized: Amida Brimah, DeAndre Daniels, George Blaney, Omar Calhoun, Phil Nolan, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

HARTFORD –  Checking in at XL Center, UConn vs. Yale about 90 minutes away.

The Huskies stick with the same starting lineup they used in the opener – Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, Omar Calhoun, DeAndre Daniels and Phil Nolan.

Napier, Daniels and Amida Brimah have been out shooting already today. Daniels in headphones.

Special guest in the house: George Blaney. Yes, he was able to stay away exactly one game.

Actually,  the coach was telling me he’s very happy, enjoying time with grand kids and not looking back on his decision to retire, at 73, after more than 50 years in the game.

Of course, if he did want one of his old jobs back, the Knicks could probably use him to suit up. Blane-sanity II.

What to watch today: How UConn adjusts to the new rules to stay out of foul trouble. With their depth, they have fouls to give at some positions, but can’t afford to have Napier in foul trouble at this point.

Here’s our capsule look at the UConn-Yale matchup in  the Monday Courant.

And, of course, wishing to honor and say ‘thank  you’ to veterans on this day, as we should each and every day.

First time these teams played, at UConn in 1914, Yale posted a 26-16 victory. Expecting a higher scoring game today. Yale’s last win over UConn was in New Haven on Dec. 2, 1986, a 77-75 overtime win. These teams last played in November 2003, a 70-60 UConn win. Yale was leading the Huskies by three at the half.

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