Thursday, March 12, 2009

PRE-GAME PRIMER: Kemba to Start?

Greetings from the World's Most Famous Arena, where the Stones recorded their famous 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out' shows in 1969, where Led Zeppelin recorded its 'Song Remains the Same' film in 1973, and where The Who sold out four straight nights in 1974 after just a single radio announcement. (Other famous shows: George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, John Lennon's impromptu onstage jam with Elton John, Concert for New York shortly after 9/11).

***It looks like Kemba Walker could in the starting lineup tonight. During the Pitt-West Virginia game, two UConn assistant coaches told me they believed that Jim Calhoun would start Walker over Craig Austrie. But both coaches also admitted that Calhoun himself probably isn't 100-percent sure who he'll start at that particular time, however.

Calhoun apparently called out Austrie in practice the other day, telling the senior he's got to step up. Austrie went out and had a terrific practice, after which Calhoun told him that if he continues to play that way, UConn can really do a little something.

Still, it appears Austrie may have to do his damage off the bench tonight.

Wouldn't be shocked to see a big night from Walker. The New York native shined in his last appearance at Madison Square Garden – a scintillating 21-point, four-assist, five-rebound effort in a Jan. 15 win over St. John's (granted, it was St. John's). Walker was dealing with a strep throat earlier in the week, but he practiced with the team on Wednesday and should be good to go tonight.

***Quiz time: What solo artist holds the record for most MSG performances, with 60? And who holds the record for most performances by a band, with 52 (from 1979 through 1994)?

***That's all I've got for now. May add a something off the Pitt-West Virginia game a little later. "Incompetent" Wally Rutecki is one of the officials in this one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy Joel?

8:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry and by a band? maybe Grateful Dead?

8:58 PM 
Blogger David Borges said...

Dead, yes. Joel? No ... but close.

9:05 PM 
Blogger Todd Parmelee said...

Elton John? It is about time Kemba Walker starts. Austrie needs to step it up.

If Scottie Haralson started I would change the channel.

9:23 PM 
Blogger jameskong123 said...

March Madness is here!!

5:49 PM 

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