Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Lineup change?

UConn may unveil a slightly different starting lineup tomorrow night when it hosts pesky Northeastern University at Gampel Pavilion.

Coach Jim Calhoun is toying with the idea of going with a three-guard lineup -- meaning Doug Wiggins, most likely, would get the start in place of Stanley Robinson. Calhoun admitted at practice today, however, that he still wasn't sure what he was going to do.

Also, Hasheem Thabeet has had soreness in his left hamstring and hasn't practiced that last two days, but he was expected to practice today, and Calhoun believes he should have no problem playing tomorrow night.

Backup center Jonathan Mandeldove has also been bothered by a groin pull.

UConn has had a couple of double-session practices since its disappointing loss on Saturday to Gonzaga. Calhoun believes the main cause for his team's relative troubles so far this season has been a lack of focus at different points in each game.

"Unless we maintain our focus in a 40-minute basketball game, and within the 35-second shot clock, whether it’s offense or defense, then we’re going to continue to have results that we don’t want," the coach said.

Read the advance to tomorrow night's battle of Huskies in tomorrow's New Haven Register.


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