Feb. 1, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team returns to Gampel Pavilion to take on the University of South Florida in a BIG EAST Conference game on Sunday, February 3. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. and it will be televised by SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn (14-5 overall, 4-3 BIG EAST) is coming off its second straight win, a thrilling 82-79 overtime victory at Providence on Thursday. The Huskies are led by junior guard Shabazz Napier (16.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (16.1 ppg, 4.7 apg).
USF (10-10, 1-7) has been off since a 63-50 loss at Marquette last Monday.The Bulls are led by junior forward Victor Rudd (10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), senior forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (10.1 ppg) and senior guard Jawanza Poland (10.1 ppg).
UConn's backcourt Napier and Boatright has combined to average 32.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game. In all games (through Feb. 1), Napier ranks fifth (16.8) and Boatright ninth (16.1) in scoring among BIG EAST players.
In BIG EAST games only (through Feb. 1), UConn's backcourt tandem is averaging 34.0 ppg, tops of any team duo in the league. Add in sophomore DeAndre Daniels, and the Huskies' trio is averaging 46.9 ppg, the best of any team trio in the BIG EAST.
USF set a school record last season with 22 wins (22-14), posted a best-ever 12-6 BIG EAST record and made the school's first NCAA tourney appearance in 20 years, earning Coach Stan Heath honors as BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
The Bulls have struggled to maintain last year's success, however, losing seven of eight BIG EAST contests, lowering their overall record to 10-10. Currently, USF is trying to break a three-game losing streak. The Bulls rank last in the BIG EAST in scoring, field goal percentage, and rebounding margin. They are 0-4 on the road this season, all conference games.
USF has a balanced scoring attack led by Rudd, who is also the team's top rebounder. Fitzpatrick and Poland each average 10.1 ppg, while sophomore guard Anthony Collins is averaging 9.4 ppg and 2.5 apg. Ten different players have started at least one game for the Bulls this season.
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