Waves About to Roll

By David Scott - December 20, 2006

HARTFORD - Just a few minutes from tip and the HCC is filling in with Husky supporters.

. . . The Waves very rarely get to the Northeast, but they did play UConn’s Big East Brethren Syracuse during the 1996-97 season under then-coach Lorenzo Romar (a 77-64 loss). There have been just ten other Waves’ head coaches in the program’s history (since 1938). Included on the list is Jim Harrick, Jan Van Breda Kolf and Paul Westphal (who left after last season).

. . .Tonight’s sneaker war is between adidas (Pepperdine) and Nike (UConn).

. . . UConn enters the game with an 9-0 mark built on stingy defense, averaging 10.8 blocks per game, 8.8 steals per game and holding opponents to 33.3% from the field.

. . . The officials for tonight’s game are: Jeff Clark, J.D. Collins and Doug Shows.

. . . At least four NBA scouts have requested credentials for tonight’s game, with seats reserved for the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks.

. . . The outstanding assistant SID for UConn, Leigh Torbin, shared some media chow with Hang Time, prior to the game. Torbin, a UMass alum, like us, is getting ready for his annual trip down south to work the Orange Bowl - you’ve got to respect the fact that all of us old Minutemen know a good boondoggle opportunity when we see one..

Posted by David Scott at 06:49 PM on December 20, 2006

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