After blocking 14 shots in three games, UConn freshman Amida Brimah has established himself as a game-changer on the defensive end. Here’s the story of his recruitment (he picked UConn over South Carolina, La Salle and Florida International) and some info on Sunday’s matchup with BU.
Boston University at No. 19 UConn men
WHEN: Sunday, noon
WHERE: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs
LINE: UConn by 15
ON THE AIR: ESPNU (Bob Picozzi, Seth Greenberg); WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D’Ambrosio and Wayne Norman)
UP NEXT: Thursday vs. Boston College, Madison Square Garden, TBA
BEWARE OF THE MID-MAJOR: Upsets happen this time of the year. Boston University, the unanimous preseason No. 1 in the Patriot League, is 2-0 entering Sunday. The Terriers have a productive 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward in senior Dom Morris, the type of player who could cause problems against a skinny UConn front line.
NEED MORE NIELS?: UConn’s sixth man, Niels Giffey, is a remarkable 11-for-13 from 3-point range this season. Oddly, all of his points have come in the first half. It’s reasonable to believe he’ll earn more minutes as the season goes on, but who sits while Giffey plays: DeAndre Daniels or Omar Calhoun?
TRIPLE-DOUBLE WATCH: Shabazz Napier isn’t scoring like he did a year ago. And that’s probably because he hasn’t needed to. Through three games, Napier is averaging 14 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists.
STREAKS AND DROUGHTS: UConn hasn’t lost a non-conference game at Gampel in its past 40 tries. Conversly, Boston University hasn’t defeated a ranked team since 1959.