PRE-GAME PRIMER: Kemba to Start?
***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.