For the first time since UConn left the Big East, the Huskies will face off with the Georgetown Hoyas. This game, originally announced in 2014, will be played in Hartford, with UConn coming to the Verizon Center next year.
Perhaps you haven't followed the Huskies much since their Big East departure, though, and don't know what to expect from them going into Saturday's game.
1. As a fan, does this game against Georgetown carry more weight than other nonconference games this season?
Russell Steinberg: Without question. I think everyone has a certain amount of nostalgia for the old Big East and whenever you can rekindle one of those rivalry games, it carries a ton of weight. Maybe not as much for the players as it does for the fans, who grew up watching these teams play 2-3 times a year. With the exception of Syracuse, I’m not sure there’s another old Big East fan base that bothers UConn fans quite as much as Georgetown, so bragging rights on the Twitters are on the line for sure. Beyond that, UConn fans are insecure about their place in the college sports landscape, and rightfully so. A win over a team that sits comfortably in the current Big East is a great opportunity for them to throw up a middle finger and stick it to the h8ers.
Aman Kidwai: Absolutely, UConn and Georgetown have played a lot of great games in the past and the memories of the old Big East are of course very precious to us. Neither of these teams is as strong this year as their fans would like, I imagine, but it should still be a great atmosphere.
2. Sterling Gibbs is a name that Big East fans are certainly familiar with. The Seton Hall transfer landed at UConn this summer and has struggled a bit, at least in terms of PPG (16.3 last season, 12.9 this season), and FG% (40.5 to 43.1) is there a reason for the drop that you can find, or does Gibbs just have to not do as much as last season due to the fact that he has more talent surrounding him?