The Connecticut Huskies have lost three consecutive games, have fallen out of the national polls and are dropping in the RPI. UConn is running out of games. Each one becomes valuable now.
So, the Huskies arrived in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night to play Georgetown and Calhoun announced he is shaking up the starting lineup. Captains Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi will be coming off the bench. Freshman Ryan Boatright will make his first start at point guard. Roscoe Smith is in for Oriakhi at power forward. The revolving door continues at small forward, where Niels Giffey is back in the lineup for DeAndre Daniels.
Good move? Only time will tell. With Boatright out under NCAA eligibility review, Calhoun didn't have this option at point guard. Napier had his worst game of the season against Notre Dame Sunday and UConn's offense has been stagnant against zones. The Huskies need to score easy points and simply score more. Calhoun has shown more than enough patience with Oriakhi, who is having a disappointing season.
Everybody will play. Maybe the minutes won't change that much. And you know what Calhoun always says: "I'm much more concerned with who finishes the game."
UConn (14-6, 4-4 Big East) at No. 14 Georgetown (16-4, 6-3)
Date: Feb. 1, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
TV: ESPN2 (Sean McDonough, Dick Vitale)
Radio: UConn Radio Network/WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series: Georgetown leads 33-27
Notes: UConn won both meeting last season. Prior to that Georgetown had a four-game winning streak, which followed a streak of 11 consecutive UConn victories. UConn is 24-18 against Georgetown and 7-11 on the road. UConn is 4-3 against Georgetown in the Verizon Center.
Last meeting: UConn 79, Georgetown 62 (March 9, 2011)
Kemba Walker scored 28 points as the Huskies won this second round game in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies led 42-30 at halftime.
GEORGETOWN PROBABLE STARTERS
G 5 Market Starks So. 6-2 175 8.3 ppg
G 21 Jason Clark Sr. 6-2 180 15.6 ppg
C 14 Henry Sims Sr. 6-10 245 11.8 ppg
F 34 Nate Lubick So. 6-8 235 3.7 ppg
F 1 Hollis Thompson Jr. 6-8 212 13.9 ppg
UCONN PROBABLE STARTERS
G 11 Ryan Boatright Fr. 6-0 160 9.8 ppg
G 3 Jeremy Lamb So. 6-5 180 17.9 ppg
C 12 Andre Drummond Fr. 6-10 270 10.0 ppg
F 5 Niels Giffey So. 6-7 205 3.6 ppg
F 22 Roscoe Smith So. 6-8 205 3.4 ppg