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TheLiveBlog, part deux: UConn v. Hofstra

If UConn loses, 'Pride and Prejudice' will be the name of the instant reaction post.

If UConn loses, 'Pride and Prejudice' will be the name of the instant reaction post.

No preview from me today, because the questions I had yesterday remain.

Hofstra's the first team on the schedule with something resembling a pulse (the Pride have won 20 games in four of the last five seasons), and lord knows UConn fans dread playing a CAA team in the quarterfinals of any tournament. I don't think the Huskies are in any real danger, but then I didn't think they'd let Colgate go on a 20-6 run in the first half yesterday. I'll predict a 10-point UConn win, which will earn Coach Cal's bunch a pair of nice early-season tests at the Garden next week.

A player to keep an eye on for the Pride: Charles Jenkins, a 6-3, 220-pound guard who led Hofstra in scoring last year (19.7 ppg), but he also fills up the stat sheet (4.8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg last year). Against #1 Kansas, he scored 23 and grabbed 5 rebounds; in the NIT game against Yale yesterday, he scored 17, grabbed six rebounds and tallied seven assists.

Jenkins' career-high point total is 35 (against UNC-Wilmington late last season), so naturally he will score at least 36 on the Huskies.

Additionally, I'd be remiss in my job as the blog's Ambassador to Women's Basketball if I didn't point out that the unbeatable UConn women are playing #14 Texas on ESPN2 at 9:30. Will we stay in liveblog mode for that? We'll see what develops. I'm thinking maybe until the Huskies get up by 20.

Either way, join us at 6:45 for all the wackiness:

TheLiveBlog: UConn-Hofstra (or the Dan Orlovsky-Giovanni Carmazzi battle for supremacy)