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Jordan Hawkins misses Final Four shootaround for UConn with illness

The Huskies will need their star on Saturday, but he’ll avoid the open walkthrough at NRG Stadium.

Jordan Hawkins of the Connecticut Huskies smiles during media availability for the Final Four as part of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 30, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Update April 1, 2:50 p.m. It does look like Hawkins will be a go for the Huskies tonight.

Update April 1, 1:45 p.m. Hawkins is with his teammates for shootaround today, but might be limited in his activity. The Huskies remain a 5.5-point favorite at DKSportsbook.

UConn sophomore guard Jordan Hawkins will miss the open shootaround at Houston’s NRG Stadium on Friday with a non-Covid illness. The Huskies will hope to get back their star guard for Saturday night’s matchup with the Miami Hurricanes in the second game of the 2023 Final Four.

Hawkins is averaging 17.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament for the surging Huskies, who are the favorites to cut down the nets at -125 at DraftKings Sportsbook. The 6’5 guard from legendary DeMatha High School outside Baltimore has shot 38.5% from three-point range this season and 88.6% from the free throw line.

UConn has rolled through the tournament so far, winning by an average of 22.5 points over Iona, Saint Mary’s, Arkansas and Gonzaga to reach the national semifinals. They are looking for the school’s first NCAA Championship since 2014.

The Huskies check in as a 5.5-point favorite over the Hurricanes at DK presently, with the total set at 149.