Houston vs. UConn men
RECORDS: Houston 11-9, 4-3 American Athletic Conference; UConn 16-4, 4-3
WHEN: Thursday, 9 p.m.
WHERE: Gampel Pavilion (10,167) Storrs
ON THE AIR: TV – CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas); Radio – WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960, WGCH-AM 1490 (Joe D’Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
UP NEXT: Feb. 6, at Cincinnati (ESPN), 7 p.m.
INJURY UPDATE: DeAndre Daniels (high ankle sprain) did not practice with the team Wednesday and coach Kevin Ollie said he was “probable for the next game.” Ollie added the team would have a better idea at Thursday’s 4 p.m. shoot around on Daniels’ status. “If we held him out at the shoot around he probably won’t play but we’ll see at 4 o’clock in our shoot around, but he’s progressing well,” Ollie said. Sophomore Omar Calhoun (ankle) practiced Wednesday and is expected to play.
NIGHTMARES: The Huskies are 0-3 in games started at 9 p.m. this season. Senior Niels Gieffy said there is nothing to read into it. “I don’t pay any attention to that,” He said. The Huskies have lost to Stanford, Houston and Louisville with the late start times. After the second Houston game, UConn has one more late start – Feb. 21 at Temple.
HEALING HOUSTON: Two sophomores, 6-7 forward Danuel House (knee) and 6-4 guard L.J. Rose (foot), were out of the lineup for the Cougars when they beat UConn 75-71 last month. House is the second leading scorer at 13.7 ppg and Rose is fourth at 8.5 ppg.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Junior TaShawn Thomas is the only AAC player to rank in the top in scoring (16.4 ppg, 5th) and rebounding (8.8 pg, 2nd).Thomas scored in 23 points with eight rebounds in the first meeting between the teams this season. Houston is the first team UConn has played twice in the league.
– WILLIAM S. PAXTON