Saturday, January 23, 2010

PRE-GAME PRIMER: Recruits in the House

The Huskies have a couple of visitors for today's game. Angelo Chol, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound Class of 2011 center out of Hoover Senior High in San Diego, and local boy Tyler Olander, who is currently enrolled at E.O. Smith High, right at the foot of the UConn campus. Olander is a 6-9 Class of 2010 power forward who transferred from Worcester Academy.

In other news, Ater Majok is in the starting lineup today after being usurped by Charles Okwandu the prior two games. Majok will be asked to guard Texas's best player, Damion James, a 6-foot-7 matchup nightmare for the Huskies.

Finally, we'd like to make a prediction for today's game. It's probably not the best idea for an impartial beat writer to do so, but I've got a feeling about today. A feeling that UConn will … well, not win, but put up quite a fight. I see this being a tight game, maybe even UConn holding a slim lead with about five minutes left. But in the end, the Longhorns' supreme depth and talent will be enough to overtake the Huskies over the final few minutes for a 5-point win.

Texas 72, UConn 67.

Oh, and no sign of Jim Calhoun here today.

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