Jan. 17, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team will meet BIG EAST Conference rival Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (12-4 overall, 2-2 BIG EAST) are coming off a 73-58 loss at home to No. 1 Louisville Monday night at the XL Center in Hartford. UConn is led by junior guard Shabazz Napier (17.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.1 apg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (15.8 ppg, 4.6 apg).
Pitt (14-4, 2-3), coming off a 58-43 win at Villanova on Wednesday, is led by junior forward Talib Zanna (12.1 ppg), senior guard Tray Woodall (10.6 ppg, 5.6 apg), and freshman center Steven Adams (5.9 rpg).
Pittsburgh had a disappointing regular season in 2011-12, but finished on a high note by winning the postseason College Basketball Invitational.
The Panthers returned three starters from that 22-17 team and have begun this season by winning 14 of their first 18 games. In its final season before leaving the BIG EAST, Pitt opened its league schedule with losses to Cincinnati and Rutgers, but then won a road game at Georgetown, lost in overtime to Marquette and won another road game at Villanova.
Pittsburgh has plenty of depth, with 10 players averaging at least 12 minutes per game, and a balanced scoring attack. Zanna leads the Panthers in scoring closely followed by Tray Woodall and junior forward Lamar Patterson (9.4).
Preseason BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Steven Patterson, a 7-foot center, is the team's top rebounder (5.9 rpg). Pitt is holding opponents under 40.0 percent shooting and to a paltry 53.6 points per game. The Panthers are 10-2 at home, but 0-2 at home in BIG EAST games.
UConnHuskies.com will once again host a live chat during the game. For details on the chat, please see below.