March 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team will end its 2012-13 season against Providence College in a BIG EAST game at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday, March 9. The game begins at noon and will be televised by ESPNU and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
Fans attending the game are asked to stay afterwards for a brief ceremony to honor the 2012-13 Huskies. Fans are asked to be in their seats pregame by 11:40 a.m. for Senior Day Cereomonies. The honorees are: graduate student R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.), senior Kiefer Lammi (Camden, Maine), senior Dave Vandal (Stonington, Conn.) and senior Trey James (Middletown, Conn.). Also being honored is the valuable Ben Renert -- a Farmington native who is a two-time head manager and has been part of the program for the past five years.
UConn (19-10 overall, 9-8 BIG EAST) is coming off a 65-51 loss at South Florida on Wednesday. The Huskies are led by Shabazz Napier (17.1 ppg, 4.3 rep, 4.6 apg) and Ryan Boatright (15.1 ppg, 4.3 apg). DeAndre Daniels (11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and Omar Calhoun (11.1 ppg) also average double figures.
Providence (17-12, 9-8), which has won three straight and seven of eight, is coming off a 76-66 victory over Seton Hall Tuesday. The Friars are led by Bryce Cotton (20.0 ppg) and Kadeem Batts (15.2 ppg). On Jan. 31, UConn defeated the Friars, 82-79, in overtime in Providence.
Since the game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence has been on a roll, winning seven of eight games and putting itself in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth. Leading the Friars' resurgence has been Batts, who has averaged 18.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in his last six games, and Cotton, the leading scorer in the BIG EAST Conference (20.0 ppg). Veteran senior guard Vincent Council, the all-time assist leader in the BIG EAST, sophomore forward LaDontae Henton, and freshman guard Kris Dunn complete the Friars' starting lineup.
The Friars lead the conference in offensive rebounds, averaging 14.59 per game. They are shooting .403 in BIG EAST games, while allowing opponents to shoot .442. They average 67.4 ppg in the league and give up 68.5 to opponents. In the first meeting against UConn, Batts had 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Henton added 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Friars bowed, 82-79, in overtime.
UConnHuskies.com will once again host a live chat as part of the game. For details, please see below.