Dec. 26, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. - The No. 15 University of Connecticut men's basketball team is set to meet the Eastern Washington Eagles on the hardwood for the first time in history on Saturday, Dec. 28th at 1 p.m. at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The game will be televised by SNY and can be heard live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn (10-1) is coming off an 82-70 victory over Washington on Sunday in its first road game of the season. Senior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) set the tone for the Husky offense, contributing a game-high 20 points, including 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line. Junior Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) added 16 points, five rebounds and two steals. The Connecticut defense locked down in the second half, holding Washington to just 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Saturday's game will mark the first time the Huskies have played a home game away from Storrs or Hartford since Jan. 3rd, 1987 when they faced Syracuse at the New Haven Coliseum.
UConn gathered 661 points in the AP poll, earning the 15th slot and Connecticut also ranks 15th in the USA Today poll with 370 points. The Huskies have been ranked in the AP Top-25 for eight consecutive weeks and join Louisville (6) and Memphis (17) as one of three teams ranked from the American Athletic Conference.
The Huskies and Eagles have never met and Saturday's showdown will also mark the first time UConn has faced a Big Sky Conference opponent.
This season, Eastern Washington holds a 5-5 record, including an 0-4 record on the road. The Eagles are led offensively by sophomore guard Tyler Harvey (19.3 ppg), who is one of four players to average double-digit points. Eastern Washington takes 22.4 three-point attempts per game and converts 37.5 percent of shots from beyond the arc.
UConn head coach Kevin Ollie has jumped out to a 30-11 overall record at the helm of the Huskies in his second season and currently has the highest winning percentage (.732) of any Connecticut coach who has coached for more than 20 games.