Nov. 20, 2013
STORRS, Conn – The No. 18 University of Connecticut men’s basketball team will continue play in the 2K Sports Classic on Thursday, November 21 when it takes on Boston College in Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and will be broadcasted live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network, WTIC-AM 1080.
The Huskies (4-0) are coming off a 77-60 victory over Boston University in which junior forward DeAndre Daniels tallied a season-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Senior guard Shabazz Napier added a double-double (12 pts, 12 reb) as the Huskies jumped out to their sixth consecutive 4-0 start dating back to the 2007-08 season.
In all four contests this season the Husky bench has reached the 20-point plateau, a feat that the 2012-13 team accomplished just twice. This season, the Huskies are averaging 32.0 points off the bench, including 11.5 points per game from senior forward Niels Giffey.
Freshman Amida Brimah has garnered national attention for his shot-blocking ability. The Accra, Ghana native currently ranks second in the nation with 16 blocks in 2013-14 and has helped propel the Huskies to a 7.0 blocks per game average.
The Huskies and Eagles have a storied history dating back to the 1918-19 season, which includes 89 total games. Overall, UConn holds a 54-35 series edge and has emerged victorious in 28 of the last 31 meetings between the two teams. Thursday’s showdown will be the first time the Huskies have faced their old conference foes since January 5th, 2005 when the Eagles captured a 75-70 victory.
This season, Boston College sports a 1-3 record, earning its first victory of the season on Sunday night against Florida Atlantic, fueled by a 38-point performance from Olivier Hanlan. Junior forward Ryan Anderson has been a force for the Eagles in the paint, averaging 16.3 points per contest.
The Huskies have played 107 games at Madison Square Garden, boasting a 57-52 (.523) record.