Pregame chatter: ‘Three’ will be the key for UConn against Temple

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

UCONN

G Ryan Boatright, Sr., 6-0

G Rodney Purvis, So., 6-4

F Daniel Hamilton, Fr., 6-7

F Kentan Facey, So., 6-9

C Amida Brimah, So., 7-0

Temple

G Will Cummings, Sr., 6-2

G Jesse Morgan, Sr., 6-5

G Quenton DeCosey, Jr., 6-5

F Jaylen Boyd, Jr., 6-8

F/C Devontae Watson, Jr., 6-11

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

  1.  THREE IS THE KEY: UConn not only has to make its 3-point shots, but stopping Temple on the perimeter might be even more important. The Owls are averaging 11 made 3s per game since Morgan and Devin Coleman joined the mix three games ago.
  2.  WHO’S BETTER THAN ME? Last year the Huskies seem to have an attitude prior to the AAC opener that they were top dogs coming out of the Big East. Houston and SMU quickly humbled them. Ryan Boatright said Tuesday they can’t look past anyone, and he’s right. The Owls win over Kansas shows they have game, too.
  3.  SHARE THE WEALTH: The last two games the Huskies have done a good job of sharing – 35 assists – and protecting the ball (20 turnovers), which has translated into consecutive 80-plus point games.
  4. FEED THE BIG MAN: The Owls have some size in their lineup with Watson, but the Huskies need to get Amida Brimah involved early on the offensive end.
  5. EGBs: Kevin Ollie’s new term “Energy-generating behavior,” is something he’s looking for from the trio of Omar Calhoun, Sam Cassell Jr. and Terrence Samuel. With the Owls strong perimeter players, someone needs to step up on the defensive end with Boatright.
William Paxton