Feb. 15, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team, which has won five of its last six games, entertains Villanova in a BIG EAST Conference game on Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The game beginns at noon and will be televised by ESPN and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
There are only 1,800 tickets left for Saturday’s game and tickets can be purchased here at UConnHuskies.com and the XL Center box office on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
UConn (17-6 overall, 7-4 BIG EAST) is coming off a 66-58 upset of No. 6 Syracuse Wednesday at the XL Center. The Huskies are led by junior guard Shabazz Napier (16.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (15.9 ppg, 4.3 apg). Freshman guard Omar Calhoun (11.3 ppg) and sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels (10.6 ppg) also average double figures.
Villanova (15-10, 6-6) is coming off a 68-50 loss at Cincinnati on Tuesday. JayVaughn Pinkston (12.5 ppg) is the Wildcats’ leading scorer.
The Wildcats has had an up and down season, marked by a loss to Columbia and wins over nationally-ranked Louisville and Syracuse.
In contrast to its guard-oriented teams of the past, Villanova boasts outstanding size and is outrebounding opponents by more than four rebounds per game. Senior forward Mouphtaou Yarou (6.8 rpg) is the leader off the boards, with plenty of help from Pinkston (4.9), junior James Bell (4.7), and freshman Daniel Ochefu (4.6). Pinkston, coming off the bench, is the Wildcats top scorer (12.5 ppg), while guards sophomore Darrun Hilliard (11.4) and freshman Ryan Arcidiacono (11.1) are the threats on the perimeter.
Villanova is holding BIG EAST opponents to just 38.3 percent shooting and 64.3 points per game. On the road, the Wildcats are 5-5 overall, 2-4 in league games.
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