Vermont (1-0) at (23) Connecticut (1-0)
Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Frank Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Gampel Pavilion (10,167) -- Storrs, Connecticut.
Television: SNY, Big East Net, MASN. Home Record: Vermont 0-0, UConn 0-0. Away
Record: Vermont 1-0, UConn 0-0. Neutral Record: Vermont 0-0, UConn 1-0.
Conference Record: Vermont 0-0, UConn 0-0. Series Record: Connecticut leads,
GAME NOTES: Fresh off a huge season-opening win overseas, the 23rd-ranked
Connecticut Huskies play their first home game of 2012-13 when they entertain
the Vermont Catamounts on Tuesday night.
Vermont, which plays its basketball out of the America East Conference,
claimed a 54-53 win at Siena in its season opener last Friday. The Catamounts
won their fifth AEC title last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament
where they won a First Four matchup against Lamar (71-59). UVM finished the
year at 24-12 (13-3 AEC), thus logging its ninth 20-win campaign in the last
Connecticut played its first game in more than a quarter century without Jim
Calhoun on the bench last Friday at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, and the
Huskies beat No. 14 Michigan State, 66-62. It was the first win for new coach
Kevin Ollie. as he attempts to soften the blow of not only the loss of the
legendary coach, but also several key contributors from last year's team that
went 20-14, but finished just 8-10 in the ultra-competitive Big East
UConn owns a commanding 46-8 lead in the all-time series with Vermont, and the
most recent meeting between the two occurred during the 2010-11 season with
the Huskies prevailing in an 89-73 final.
Vermont spotted Siena a 15-2 lead to start last Friday's season opener in
Albany, but the Catamounts weren't about to roll over and play dead as they
used a 17-11 edge in points from the foul line while taking advantage of 17
turnovers by the Saints to squeak out a one-point victory. Luke Apfeld led UVM
with 16 points despite missing nine of his 13 field goal attempts, while
Sandro Carissimo joined him in double figures with 11 points on 4-of-10
shooting. As a team, the Catamounts hit just 32.7 percent of their total
shots, but held Siena to 36.7 percent.
Shabazz Napier drained half of his 16 field goal attempts in netting a game-
high 25 points, as his UConn squad outlasted Michigan State in Germany by six
points. Despite being outrebounded by a 34-25 margin and outscored in second-
chance points, 15-1, the Huskies won the game thanks to 46 percent shooting
from the field while the Spartans were only successful on 40 percent of their
total shots. In addition to Napier, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels scored
in double figures as well with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Daniels added
eight rebounds to his stat line, but he was guilty of five of the team's 12
turnovers. UConn was 6-of-13 from three-point range, and converted 10-of-13
Vermont is sure to put its best foot forward in an attempt to upset its
northeast region rival, but UConn proved it can hang with the big boys and
isn't about to let its home opener be spoiled by this pesky group of
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Connecticut 79, Vermont 65
11/13 10:35:04 ET
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