Saturday, January 7, 2012

Giffey, Oriakhi in Starting Lineup

As Jim Calhoun had announced yesterday, Niels Giffey is starting tonight for UConn. Calhoun also mentioned on Friday that he wasn't sure if he would start Alex Oriakhi or Tyler Olander at power forward.

The answer: Oriakhi. And here's why: the Huskies need Oriakhi, who has struggled badly this season, and don't want to lose him, so to speak. Moving him to the bench would hurt his confidence even more. Meanwhile, Olander really doesn't care if he starts or comes off the bench. For now, it makes sense to continue to start Oriakhi.

*** With Giffey in the starting five, UConn has now used six different starting lineups in 15 games this season. It also marked the eighth time the Huskies have used a different starting lineup from the previous game.

*** UConn likely won’t get back to campus until about 2 a.m. It will practice at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, in preparation for Monday night’s home bout with West Virginia, which beat Georgetown at home earlier today.

*** Seems Chris Obekpa, a 6-9 power forward out of Centereach, N.Y., has emerged as the Huskies' prime recruiting target from the Class of 2012.

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