Hoyas, Huskies getting set


No, tonight's game isn't for all the marbles (or Tositos, or anything else). This isn't the NCAA basksetball trophy. It's the cross country trophy Georgetown won, which the school is celebrating at halftime tonight. (Neill Ostrout photo)

We’re here in the lovely phone booth (Verizon Center) where we’ve been told to expect poor phone and internet service (irony?). Anyway, a few quick notes before UConn and Georgetown clash:

— As I’m sure you’re aware, coach Jim Calhoun is shaking up his starting lineup tonight, inserting PG Ryan Boatright and PF Roscoe Smith for the tip.

The changes are in part being made to help speed up the Huskies.

“We have to play quicker,” Calhoun said Tuesday. “We can’t live with the point total we’re getting. We can’t live with the pace.”

Boatright has been told in no uncertain terms what to do tonight.

“He’s young and he’s been told to push the ball,” Calhoun said. “And he’ll push it against some three-quarter pressure, too, because they’ll trap us.”

— Calhoun talked a little bit on Tuesday about the loss of Kemba Walker and its impact on this year’s team, something he hasn’t always wanted to do this season.

“People say ‘Was Kemba that important?’ ” Calhoun said. “I don’t know, he just had the best year in the history of the school. I guess he’d be pretty important.”



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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