Nov. 25, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. - The No. 13 University of Connecticut men's basketball team returns home on Tuesday, November 26th when it hosts Loyola (Md.) at the XL Center at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on SNY and can be heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (6-0) are coming off a thrilling 59-58 victory over Indiana on Friday in Madison Square Garden, which ended with UConn claiming the 2K Sports Classic Championship. Senior guard Shabazz Napier scored a game-high 27 points, including the final basket of the game with just 1:34 remaining in regulation. The tournament win was Connecticut's ninth on the historic floor of Madison Square Garden, a number which includes a record seven BIG EAST championships.
The Huskies are off to their first 6-0 start since the 2010-11 season and are averaging 77.8 points per game and holding opponents to just a .360 field goal percentage. Three UConn players (DeAndre Daniels, Ryan Boatright, Napier) are averaging double-digit points and eight Husky players have scored at least 20 points this year for 2nd-year head coach Kevin Ollie.
The Huskies are among the nation's best shot-blocking teams, ranking 12th in the country with 40 total blocks (6.7 per game). Freshman Amida Brimah has tallied 21 blocks in just 86 minutes of play, helping to pace the Huskies.
Loyola's 4-0 start is its best since it opened the 2005-2006 season with six-consecutive victories. Last time out, Loyola trailed UMBC by as many as 17 points but battled back to defeat the Retrievers, 89-83, in overtime on Wednesday night. Senior guard Dylon Cormier leads the Greyhound offense, averaging 29.8 points per game on .446 shooting. The Baltimore, Md. native was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League team.
The Huskies and Greyhounds have never met on the hardwood before but the Greyhounds are 2-11 all-time against current members of the American Athletic Conference.
Ollie holds an 12-1 record in the month of November at the helm of the Huskies.