Dec. 1, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. - The No. 13 University of Connecticut men's basketball team will host No. 15 Florida in a non-conference showdown at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on Monday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (7-0) are coming off a 76-66 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday, led by junior forward DeAndre Daniels who scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. The Los Angeles, Calif. native connected on two three-point attempts and also pulled in eight rebounds for Connecticut. It was the third 20-plus point performance for Daniels in 2013-14.
The Last Meeting
March 25, 1994
With the win, UConn jumped out to its first 7-0 start since the 2010-11 season. As a team, the Huskies are shooting .492 from the field, which is good for second in the American, and holding opponents to just a .360 shooting percentage. Senior guard Shabazz Napier was named the American Athletic Conference's Player of the Week on Nov. 25 after his efforts to help the Huskies capture the 2013 2K Sports Classic title. The Roxbury, Mass. native is averaging 15.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game in his senior campaign.
Florida (6-1) is coming off its fifth-straight victory, downing Florida State, 67-66, on Friday. Forward Casey Prather leads the Gator offensive attack, averaging 19.1 points per game through the team's first seven contests. Guard Scottie Wilbekin is contributing 9.5 points per game and 7.5 assists per game for Florida head coach Billy Donovan. The Gators hold a 1-1 record on the road this season.
The two national powerhouses have met just once in history, with Florida earning a 69-60 overtime victory over UConn in the 1994 NCAA East Regional semifinals in Miami Arena.