Feb. 22, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - For the second time this season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team takes on DePaul, this time at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 23. Gametime is set for 8 p.m. (EST), televised by SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (18-7 overall, 8-5 BIG EAST), coming off a 73-66 overtime victory against Cincinnati on Thursday, are led by junior guard Shabazz Napier (16.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (15.1 ppg, 4.2 apg). Freshman Omar Calhoun (11.4 ppg) and sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels (11.0 ppg) also average in double figures.
The Huskies have two remaining home games left - both at Gampel Pavilion - this Wednesday vs. Georgetown at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9 vs. Providence at noon. There are less than 1,000 tickets remaining for the Georgetown game and less than 500 for Providence.
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DePaul (11-15, 2-11) is coming off a loss at Georgetown, 90-66, on Wednesday. The Blue Demons are led by junior guard Brandon Young (16.7 ppg, 4.5 apg) and junior forward Cleveland Melvin (16.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg).
DePaul boasts one of the toughest 1-2 scoring punches in the BIG EAST in Young and junior Melvin, but has struggled defensively, allowing BIG EAST opponents to shoot 49.4 percent overall and 40.4 percent from three-point range. Still, the Blue Demons have been in plenty of close battles this season - six of their BIG EAST losses have been by less than 10 points and three of them have come in overtime.
Joining Young and Melvin in DePaul's usual starting lineup are junior forward Donnavan Kirk, sophomore guard Charles McKinney, and either senior guard Worrel Clahar or sophomore swingman Jamee Crockett. In the first meeting between UConn and DePaul, Young poured in a career-high 35 points and handed out five assists, but UConn built a 20-point halftime lead and was never threatened on its way to a 99-78 victory.
The Blue Demons are 7-7 at home this season, 1-5 in BIG EAST home games.