(23) Connecticut (3-0) vs. Quinnipiac (2-1)
Sunday, November 18, 9 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Lucas Gulotta, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: UVI Sports and Fitness Center (4,000) -- St. Thomas,
Virgin Islands. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Connecticut 1-0, Quinnipiac
0-1. Away Record: Connecticut 0-0, Quinnipiac 1-0. Neutral Record: Connecticut
2-0, Quinnipiac 1-0. Conference Record: Connecticut 0-0, Quinnipiac 0-0.
Series Record: Connecticut leads, 9-0.
GAME NOTES: Former Connecticut assistant Tom Moore and his Quinnipiac Bobcats
will try to hand the No. 23 Huskies their first loss of the season when the
in-state rivals square off in the semifinal round of the Paradise Jam in the
U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Bobcats improved their record to 2-1 with a thrilling 98-92 overtime win
over the Iona Gaels in their first-round matchup. Quinnipiac converted 26-
of-31 attempts from the charity stripe and outscored the Gaels 6-0 in the
extra session. Moore's team opened up the year with a 65-61 decision over
Hartford before being downed by six points at home by the Patriot League's
American University Eagles. Quinnipiac, which is a member of the Northeast
Conference, finished last season with an 18-14 overall record after it was
knocked out of the postseason CBI Tournament by Penn in the first round.
UConn made headlines in the offseason when its Hall of Fame head coach Jim
Calhoun called it a career. Calhoun had selected his former point guard Kevin
Ollie to be his replacement. Ollie has not disappointed so far as he is
currently undefeated with a 3-0 record after wins over No. 14 Michigan State,
Vermont, and most recently, Wake Forest. UConn's top tier backcourt of Shabazz
Napier and Ryan Boatright will give it a chance every time it takes the floor
Quinnipiac will be tough to beat if it gets the same type of production from
Jamee Jackson and Zaid Hearst as it did versus Iona. Both players scored 17
points and Jackson tied for the team-high with 10 rebounds. Jackson and
Hearst's involvement in the offense is vital for the team's leader, Ike
Azotam. The Bobcats run their offense through Azotam, who averages a team-best
16.1 ppg. His last time out he was able to record a double-double with 21
points and 10 rebounds, but he turned the ball over nine times in the contest.
Napier and Boatright scored 16 points each to tie for the team-lead in UConn's
triumph over Wake Forest in the first round. Both players realized their
shooting touch was not there, but attacked the basket to earn double-digit
attempts at the free throw line. Boatright added seven rebounds and five
assists in the contest, while forward DeAndre Daniels netted 12 points.
Napier, who was a contributor on UConn's National Championship team two
seasons ago, is leading the team in scoring thanks to a 25-point outburst
versus Michigan State in the season opener.
Although Quinnipiac managed to hold off the Gaels in the first round, it will
find itself overmatched versus UConn. Ollie stepped into an unraveling program
which is banned from postseason play due to violations that took place under
Calhoun's watch. However, the Huskies are somehow off to a great start despite
losing two NBA first-round draft picks and a few important rotation players to
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Connecticut 74, Quinnipiac 61
11/18 10:43:31 ET
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