Cirque De Soleil Entertainer Steals Halftime

By David Scott - December 20, 2006



HARTFORD - Just a truly wonderful halftime stat sheet if you like to see the bizarre:

Pepperdine shot better form 3-point land (8 of 15) than it did from the rest of the court (6 of 17). Overall, the Waves shot 43.8 percent form the field. UConn shot 54.5 percent from the field (just 2-of-8 form 3-point land).

The Huskies out-rebounded the Waves 22-15 and outscored Pepperdine 28-12 in the paint.

Still, we’re left with a 40-36 halftime score and whatever remnants from Jim Calhoun’s pneumonia that still exist, we’re guessing he’s sweating them out during the course of his halftime diatribe.

. . . The halftime entertainment at the HCC consisted of a bleach-blonde gentleman spinning around the floor in what appears to be a an oversized wheel rim. Known as “Wheelwork by Chris,” he hails from Cirque de Soleil and according to UConn super-assistant SID, Leigh Torbin, the contraption breaks down into five pieces for easy plane travel.

Aside from the damage he probably inflicted on the court, it was rather amusing to watch him roll, spin and squirm all over the HCC floor.

And we wonder - if the thing breaks down into five easy pieces, how on earth can he feel safe on it?

. . . UConn was paced by Jeff Adrien (10 points) and Hasheem Thabeet (12). AJ Price added nine with three assists and four turnovers.

. . . Considering the Wiseguys placed UConn as a 22-point favorite, this one can be considered a bit of a surprise early on. UConn will still undoubtedly prevail, but they’ll need to defend the 3-ball a bit better.

Posted by David Scott at 08:03 PM on December 20, 2006
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