Welcome to Gampel

By David Scott - January 10, 2007

STORRS, Conn. - Welcome to Gampel Pavilion on the campus of the University of Connecticut for tonight’s Big East meeting between the host, No. 24/22 Huskies (12-2, 1-1) and Marquette (13-4, 0-2).

Were 90 minutes away from tip and a group of six female UConn cheerleaders are reheasring on half of the floor and a few UConn players have filtered onto the ocurt for some light shooting. Students (who are one break through next Monday) were lined up outside at two gates, but have now been allowed into the endzone student section.

. . . Marquette is installed as an eight-point underdog by the Vegas Wise Guys and we’re tempted to think that spread is underestimating the desperation that Tom Crean’s Golden Eagles will be playing with - starting out 0-3 in the rough and tumble Big East would not be advantageous for MU or any true Big East contender.

UConn’s home-court winning streak - now at 31 - is, in no small part, the impetus for the 8-point prediction. The Huskies haven't lost at home since a 77-70 setback to then-No. 2 North Carolina on Feb. 13, 2005. UConn is 108-15 in Gampel Pavilion, including a 57-11 mark vs. BIG EAST competition.

. . . UConn game notes can be found and Marquette’s notes are here.

. . .The referees for tonight’s game are: John Cahill, Bob Donato and Pat Driscoll.

. . . There has been speculation in Hartford media circles that UConn sophomore guard A.J. Price will not start tonight, having struggled in his past few outings. Look for sophomore Craig Austrie to perhaps get the nod at the point for Jim Calhoun. Austrie has not started to this point in the season.

. . . The game is being broadcast on Fox 61/SportsNet NY with Dave Sims on play-by-play and Ron Perry providing color.

Posted by David Scott at 05:33 PM on January 10, 2007

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