A little under the weather, couldn't make it to today's UConn practice. Confident I'll rally and make it tomorrow's 2 p.m. game against Rutgers at the XL Center, however.
And here's the gameday capsule:
RUTGERS at UCONN
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: XL Center, Hartford
Records: Rutgers 12-6 (3-4 Big East), UConn 12-5 (2-3 Big East)
Radio: WTIC 1080
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‰Under-rated?!?! There are plenty of good guard tandem’s in the Big East, but
perhaps the most underrated belongs to Rutgers, in the form of Eli Carter and
Myles Mack. The duo combines to average 28.8 of the Scarlet Knights’ 69.4
points per game, though Carter is coming off a dreadful, 1-for-14 effort
against St. John’s on Wednesday.
‰Heads-up on the match-up. Rutgers will throw a
bunch of defensive looks at opponents, including a 2-3, matchup zone. UConn has
struggled against the matchup zone looks of Louisville and Pittsburgh recently,
and Kevin Ollie knows his team has to have better ball movement when facing it.
‰Sneaker weekend. UConn’s coaching staff will be
sporting sneakers on Sunday as part of the annual Suits and Sneakers Weekend to
draw attention to the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Fans can help the fight
against cancer by donating $5 by texting the word “Coach” to 20222 until April
Off the bench
Rutgers: Mike Poole, 6-5 Jr. G, 4.9; Austin Johnson, 6-8 Sr. F/C, 5.8; Kadeem
Jack, 6-9 So. F, 5.3.
UConn: Enosch Wolf, 7-1 Jr. C, 3.6; Niels Giffey, 6-7 Jr. G/F, 3.8; R.J. Evans,
6-3 Gr. G, 3.7
Labels: DeAndre Daniels, Kevin Ollie, Mike Rice, Niels Giffey, Shabazz Napier