Jan. 25, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team will meet Rutgers on Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The game will tipoff at 2 p.m. and be televised by SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn (12-5 overall, 2-3 BIG EAST) has had a rare week off since suffering a 69-61 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Huskies are led by junior guard Shabazz Napier (16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (16.0 ppg, 4.7 apg). Freshman guard Omar Calhoun (10.9 ppg) and sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels (10.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg) are also averaging double figures.
Rutgers (12-6, 3-4) is coming off a 72-60 home loss to St. John's on Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights are also led by their backcourt of sophomores Eli Carter (15.6 ppg) and Myles Mack (13.2 ppg).
The UConn coaching staff will be wearing sneakers on Sunday as part of the annual Suits and Sneakers Weekend to draw attention to the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Fans can help the fight against cancer by donating $5 by texting the word "Coach" to 20222 until April 9.
Rutgers had an extremely young team last season (seven freshmen) that gained a wealth of experience and returned four starters, including star guards - now sophomores - Carter and Mack. The duo provides the Scarlet Knights with both penetrating ability and long-range shooting, especially Mack, who has the top shooting percentage among all BIG EAST guards (.513) and is shooting .466 from three-point range.
Sophomore guard Jerome Seagears, senior forward Dane Miller and senior forward Wally Judge make up the rest of the Knights' usual starting lineup, but third-year coach Mike Rice uses at least nine players more than 11 minutes per game.
Rutgers, the top foul-shooting team in the league (.735), and UConn have played two common opponents.
Rutgers defeated Pittsburgh at home, 67-62, and lost to Notre Dame, 69-66, on the road. UConn topped Notre Dame, 65-58, and lost to Pitt, 69-61, both on the road. Rutgers is 3-3 on the road, 1-2 in league road games.
UConnHuskies.com will once again host a live chat during the game. For more details, see below.