The ESPN College GameDay crew showed up in full force Friday at Gampel Pavilion, setting up for the UConn-Syracuse game Saturday night.
No one knows more about college basketball than ESPN analyst Jay Bilas.
Bilas had some interesting things to say about the Huskies.
Someone asked him if UConn is underachieving this season.
“I thought the expectations were ridiculously high going into the season,” Bilas said. “Talent-wise, they’re very good. … I think they should be better than they are now and more consistent and finish possessions better.
“But it doesn’t shock me that they’re struggling a little bit because of how young they are.”
He also talked about the impact of the loss of star Kemba Walker. The Huskies badly miss Walker’s leadership skills.
“He was Batman and they had a whole bunch of Robins,” Bilas said. “Now they have a whole bunch of Robins running around. … There’s not a person that everybody rallies around. It’s a very quiet team and a young team, and that shows at times.”
Freshman Andre Drummond also was a topic of conversation.
Drummond is a raw, unfinished player with enormous potential, according to Bilas.
“He’s an extraordinary talent,” Bilas said. “Physically, he’s a freak. To be able to rebound, run, block shots and finish the way he does, there aren’t many guys that do that. With that said, he’s unskilled. He can’t score outside of five feet and doesn’t make free throws.”
Still, Bilas believes that Drummond has a promising future.
“He’s going to play a long time in the NBA and he’s going to make a lot of money,” Bilas said. “Even if he doesn’t improve all that much offensively, which he will – but say he doesn’t – he’s still is a coveted piece in the NBA.”
Bilas and his fellow College GameDay members Rece Davis, Digger Phelps and Hubert Davis will be at Gampel Pavilion Saturday morning. The morning show begins at 10.
UConn junior Alex Oriakhi and sophomore Jeremy Lamb will be guests. The event is open to the public.
Students began setting up tents late Friday afternoon outside of Gampel’s East entrance.
Saturday’s game begins at 9 p.m. It is sold-out.