UConn Star Jordan Hawkins Will Try To Play With Stomach Bug Vs. Miami In Final Four

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HOUSTON – You did not really think that Connecticut star guard Jordan Hawkins was going to sit this one out?

The 6-foot-5 sophomore sharpshooter missed practice Friday with a stomach bug, but he plans to be in the starting lineup tonight for the No. 4 seed Huskies when they play No. 5 seed Miami in the second national semifinal of the Final Four at NRG Stadium (8:49 p.m., CBS). CBS Sports reported Hawkins would play, according to a source.

A projected first round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft should he come out, Hawkins is averaging 38 percent from 3-point range on the season. He is 16 of 31 for 51 percent in the NCAA Tournament. On the season, Hawkins is 104 of 270 from 3-point range.


“Hopefully, Jordan’s good to go, or at least give us something,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said Friday. “We’ve got like three doctors on this trip with us, so you hope that we could navigate it.”

Who Would Replace Jordan Hawkins For Connecticut?

If Hawkins is not able to go or not able to go for long, he is expected to be replaced by 6-3 senior guard Joey Calcaterra. He is averaging 5.8 points in 14 minutes a game and is a 3-point ace. He has made 47 of 107 for 43 percent on the season.

“I always feel good about whoever we put on the court,” Calcaterra said Friday. “But we have a great training staff, and they will be with him all day and get him ready to go. He’s not going to miss out on an opportunity like this.”

No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic led No. 5 seed San Diego State, 36-28, late in the first half in the first national semifinal on Saturday.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at www.acadianhouse.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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