Jan. 7, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team returns home to Harry A. Gampel Pavilion for a midweek battle with Harvard in its last regular season non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 8th at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPNU and will be broadcasted live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies are back in Connecticut after a six-day trip to Texas which saw UConn drop its first two conference games of the season against Houston and SMU, respectively. Most recently, UConn fell to the Mustangs, 74-65, at the newly refurbished Moody Coliseum. A buzzer-beater three-point shot by Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) at the end of the first half gave the Huskies a 33-32 lead heading into the locker room, but a 13-3 run by the Mustangs gave SMU a double-digit lead with 7:04 remaining in the contest and proved too much for the Husky offense. Boatright led all Huskies with 15 points while senior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) added 12 goals and dished out five assists.
UConn looks to rebound against a Harvard team that has won three consecutive Ivy League titles and sports a 13-1 record in 2013-14. The Huskies have had success against the Crimson in recent history, taking the last nine meetings and 16 of the 18 overall matchups against their non-conference foes. Last season, the Huskies dispatched the Crimson 57-49 at Gampel, led by 23 points from DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Junior Wesley Saunders heads the offensive attack for Harvard, averaging 15.7 points per game while sophomore guard Siyani Chambers is contributing 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest for seventh-year head coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson are out to the best start in under Amaker and have won their past nine games.
Connecticut has enjoyed non-conference play this season, compiling an 11-1 record. Since UConn's first national championship season in 1998-99, the Huskies boast a 169-27 (.862) record in regular season non-conference showdowns. Second-year head coach Kevin Ollie has thrived in non-conference games, owning a 21-3 record.
The Huskies fell out of the Top-25 in both the AP and USA Today polls for the first time in nine weeks, ranking among `Others Receiving votes'.