Feb. 12, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team challenges nationally-ranked (#6/#7) Syracuse in a BIG EAST Conference game at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The game begins at 7 p.m., televised by ESPN and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
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UConn (16-6 overall, 6-4 BIG EAST) is coming off a 78-67 victory Sunday over Seton Hall at the Prudential Center, the Huskies’ fourth win in five games. UConn is led by junior guard Shabazz Napier (17.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.3 apg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (15.8 ppg, 4.4 apg). Freshman Omar Calhoun (11.1 ppg) and sophomore DeAndre Daniels (10.7 ppg) also average double figures.
Syracuse (20-3, 8-2) is coming off a 77-58 home win over St. John’s Sunday, the second straight win for the Orange and 10th in 12 games. Senior Brandon Triche (14.6 ppg) is the top scorer and junior C.J. Fair (7.2 rpg) leads the rebounding.
In its final season in the BIG EAST Conference, Syracuse has already wrapped up a 16th consecutive 20-win season and has taken up residence among the top 10 in the national polls, even having to replace four key players from last year’s 34-3 team.
The Orange are not only in first place in the league standings, but lead the league in overall scoring and field goal percentage defense. Triche leads the balanced scoring attack for theOrange, which features four players in double figures. Junior forward C.J. Fair, senior forward James Southerland (a non-starter), and standout freshman guard Michael Carter-Williams are also averaging double figures. Sophomore Rakeem Christmas and freshman forward Jerami Grant are also in the starting lineup. Junior forward Baye Moussa Keita and sophomore guard Trevor Cooney see plenty of playing time.
The Orange average 75.5 ppg and allow just 58.7 and outrebound opponents by a 5.6 margin. On the road, Syracuse is 4-2 this year, 3-2 in BIG EAST road games.
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