Columbia at No. 4 UConn

It doesn't seem so long ago that the Connecticut Huskies were trimming the nets in Houston and celebrating their third national championship under coach Jim Calhoun. Now it's time to start the quest all over again. The 2011-12 season begins in Gampel Pavilion with Columbia of the Ivy League visiting. Who knows? Maybe the season will end with the Huskies cutting down the nets in New Orleans.


Date: Nov. 11, 2011

Time: 7 p..m.

Site: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs

TV: ESPNU (Dave O'Brien, Bill Raftery)

Radio: UConn Radio Network/WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman) Series: UConn leads, 6-2

Last meeting: UConn 85, Columbia 60 (First round, Connecticut Mutual Classic, Dec. 28, 1983) UConn's starting backcourt was Earl Kelley (15 points) and Karl Hobbs (10 points). Hobbs is now director of basketball administration at his alma mater. Gerry Besselink led UConn with seven rebounds.

Records: Season opener for both teams.


G 10 Brian Barbour Jr. 6-1 175

G 1 Noruwa Agho Sr. 6-3 225

G 3 Matt Johnson Sr. 6-7 210

F 15 John Daniels Jr. 6-8 220

C 55 Mark Cisco Jr. 6-9 245


G 13 Shabazz Napier So. 6-1 171

G 3 Jeremy Lamb So. 6-5 180

C 10 Tyler Olander So. 6-9 225

F 34 Alex Oriakhi Jr. 6-9 240

F 22 Roscoe Smith So. 6-8 205


FRESHMEN GET REAL: Andre Drummond makes his real debut. Exhibitions don't count. He should be able to dunk now and then against an Ivy lineup. DeAndre Daniels has shown a balance, all-around game in the two exhibitions. The Huskies are still awaiting word on Ryan Boatright's eligibility.

ORIAKHI TIME: Coach Jim Calhoun hasn't been pleased with Alex Oriakhi first two efforts. Oriakhi promises to be more active and he should have his way inside against Columbia.

DEFENDING AGHO: Noruwa Agho led the Ivy League in scoring (16.8 ppg) last season and was the only Ivy player to finish in the top 10 in points, rebounds (4.9 rpg) and assists (4.3 apg).

UCONN BACKCOURT: With Boatright almost certainly out, Shabazz Napier has to be careful not to get into foul trouble. The experiment with Jeremy Lamb bringing the ball up didn't work. Freshman walk-on Brendan Allen is the backup point guard for the time being.

BANNER TIMER: Get your cameras ready. UConn will unveil the 2011 NCAA national championship banner at 6:59 p.m. These events don't happen every year.

QUOTE: "Columbia has two really good guards and the leading scorer in the Ivy League. They will be a good, formidable opponent. They play a good out-of-league schedule. It starts for real on Friday night." - UConn coach Jim Calhoun

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