Feb. 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team will travel to Newark, N.J., on for its third consecutive Sunday afternoon game, meeting Seton Hall in a BIG EAST Conference game at the Prudential Center. The game begins at noon and will be televised by SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn (15-6 overall, 5-4 BIG EAST) is coming off a 71-65 loss to St. John’s Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, which broke a three-game winning streak. The Huskies are led by junior guard Shabazz Napier (17.0 ppg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (15.6 ppg). Freshman Omar Calhoun (11.1) and sophomore DeAndre Daniels (10.9) are also averaging in double figures.
Seton Hall (13-10, 2-8) has been idle since last Monday’s 56-46 loss at Pittsburgh. Junior Fuquan Edwin (16.9) is the Pirates’ leading scorer. The Pirates took some solid steps forward last season, recording 21 wins, eight BIG EAST wins and reaching the second round of the NIT.
Poised for another step forward in 2012-13, however, the Pirates have been derailed by the injury bug. Forward Patrick Auda (broken foot) is out or the season and big men Kevin Johnson, Gene Teague and Aaron Geramipoor have all been hurt. Junior wing Brian Oliver has been playing on a bad ankle that will require postseason surgery and Edwin injured his ankle Monday at Pittsburgh and is questionable to play against UConn.
Edwin is thwe Pirates’ top scorer (16.9), while guard Aaron Cosby (11.6) and Teague (11.5) are also in double figures. Oliver and freshman guard Tom Maayan complete the usual starting lineup. Guard Kyle Smith and forward Brandon Mobley are the top reserves.
The Pirates, who have lost four straight and eight of their last nine, are 9-3 at home this season, 1-3 in BIG EAST home game.