Shabazz Napier has paced the Huskies to an 8-0 start.
Dec. 5, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. - The No. 12 University of Connecticut men's basketball team continues play at home when it hosts Maine at the XL Center in Hartford on Friday at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on SNY and will be broadcasted by the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn is off to its first 8-0 start since the 2010-11 season, most recently downing No. 15 Florida, 65-64, on a buzz-beater from senior guard Shabazz Napier in front of a sell-out crowd in Gampel Pavilion. The Roxbury, Mass., native has been nearly unstoppable from the floor this season, leading the Huskies in scoring (16.4), rebounding (7.3), and assists (5.6) per game.
Huskies are 2-0 at the XL Center so far this season. Tomorrow's game is the third of eight regular-season games at the building this season. The Huskies have thrived in their off-campus home facility, compiling a 140-20 record against non-conference foes since the building opened.
Head Coach Kevin Ollie is 18-2 overall in the months of November and December, including a 12-0 record at home. Ollie has won 28 of his first 38 games at the helm of the Huskies.
Maine (1-6) is coming off an 81-72 loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology on Wednesday. The Black Bears are led by 6-6 sophomore Dimitry Coronel, averaging 16.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. Nine Maine players average at least 11.8 minutes per game for head coach Ted Woodward.
The two teams have a storied history that dates back to the 1921-22 season, and includes 98 total games. The Huskies own an 82-16 record against their New England rivals, including 11 consecutive victories. The Black Bears have not downed the Huskies since the 1977-78 season.