Head coach Kevin Ollie and Ryan Boatright take on St. John's on Wednesday.
Feb. 5, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team, coming off three consecutive victories, the last two in overtime, travels to Madison Square Garden to meet St. John's in a BIG EAST Conference game on Wednesday The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (15-5 overall, 5-3 BIG EAST), who won 82-79 in overtime at Providence last Thursday and 69-64 at home in overtime against USF Sunday, are led by junior Shabazz Napier (17.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and sophomore Ryan Boatright (16.2 ppg, 4.55 apg).
St. John's (14-8, 6-4), coming off a 68-56 loss at Georgetown Saturday after five straight wins, is led by sophomore D'Angelo Harrison (18.9 ppg) and freshman JaKarr Sampson (14.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg).
St. John's had the youngest team in the BIG EAST last season, but the experience gained by those Red Storm players has paid dividends so far this season as St. John's in the upper half of the league standings. Harrison is the team's leading scorer and fellow sophomores Sir'Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV and Jamal Branch form the nucleus of the Red Storm.
But a pair of freshmen, Sampson and center Chris Obekpa, an outstanding shot-blocker, have had a tremendous impact and are both on track for All-Rookie Team honors.
The Red Storm is holding opponents under 40 percent shooting in league, but haven't shot a lot better themselves, just 41.4 percent. They are also being outrebounded by BIG EAST opponents, 41.0-36.9 per game. St. John's is 10-3 at home this season, 3-2 at home in league games.