Rutgers (12-6) at Connecticut (12-5)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 27, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: XL Center (16,606) -- Hartford, Connecticut. Television:
BEN. Home Record: Rutgers 8-4. UConn 8-2. Away Record: Rutgers 3-3, UConn
1-2. Neutral Record: Rutgers 0-2, UConn 3-2. Conference Record: Rutgers 3-4,
UConn 2-3. Series Record: UConn leads, 34-14.
GAMES NOTES: The Connecticut Huskies will look to bounce back when they
welcome in the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to the XL Center for a Big East
Conference battle on Sunday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights are hitting the road after suffering a 72-60 loss to St.
John's on Wednesday. It was the second straight setback and third in the last
four games. The loss dropped Rutgers to 12-6 while pushing it below .500 in
league play (3-4). In six previous road tests Rutgers has three wins to match
its three losses. Rutgers will take on No. 21 Cincinnati this Wednesday in its
For the first time this season, UConn has fallen in back-to-back games after
following up a 73-58 loss to No. 5 Louisville with a 69-61 setback against
Pittsburgh. The Huskies are now 12-5 overall on the campaign while managing
just a pair of wins in its first five Big East contests. In an all New England
affair the Huskies will take on Providence in their next matchup.
UConn had won 10 straight meetings against Rutgers before the Scarlet Knights
earned a surprising 67-60 win at home against the Huskies in their only
meeting a year ago. The Huskies still hold a commanding 34-14 edge in the all-
In its loss to St. John's, Rutgers shot just 36.5 percent from the field
while committing 17 turnovers. The Scarlet Knights led for the majority of the
first half but after St. John's took a 29-28 lead just before the break, the
Scarlet Knights never led again.
Two strong scorers out of the backcourt have led the way for Rutgers. Eli
Carter (15.6 ppg) is the primary option, but has been slowed of late, scoring
in double figures in just two of the last five games. Carter was particularly
off on Wednesday as he missed on 13-of-14 shots from the floor en route to
matching a season low with just five points. Myles Mack (13.2 ppg) is the
second option. Mack has been less erratic with his shot this season as he has
connected on 51.3 percent from the floor and 46.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Dane Miller (8.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Wally Judge (7.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg) are the most
productive contributors on the front line.
Despite a 20-point effort from Ryan Boatright the Huskies were unable to knock
off Pittsburgh. The Huskies fought their way to a 55-55 tie with 4:38
remaining but they then allowed the Panthers to close out the game on a 14-6
The backcourt is where the Huskies have gotten the bulk of their production
offensively speaking. Shabazz Napier (16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg) has been
strong as the team's leading scorer and one of two players dishing out at
least four assists per game. Boatright (16.0 ppg, 4.7 apg) is the top
distributor on the roster and a more than capable scorer as he shoots at a
46.6 percent clip. Omar Calhoun (10.9 ppg) provides additional support from
the perimeter, while DeAndre Daniels (10.5 ppg) leads a rather shallow
frontcourt. The lack of size for the Huskies has made rebounding a liability
as they rank dead last in the conference on the boards (31.9 rpg).
Without much of a frontcourt themselves the Scarlet Knights won't be able to
exploit UConn's weakness on the interior. Napier and Boatright will get a nice
challenge from Carter and Mack but should be able to lift the Huskies to
victory at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Connecticut 73, Rutgers 64
01/27 10:31:58 ET
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