Saturday, January 26, 2013

Shabazz Napier, UConn Hope to Rebound vs. Rutgers -- Literally

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.

Anyway, here's my advance for Sunday's game

And here's the gameday capsule:

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
Keep an eye on
‰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 9.
Probable starters
Jerome Seagears;6-1;So.;G;4.5
Myles Mack;5-9;So.;G;13.2
Eli Carter;6-2;So.;G;15.6
Dane Miller;6-6;Sr.;G/F;8.0
Wally Judge;6-8;Jr.;F;7.9
DeAndre Daniels;6-8;So.;F;10.5
Tyler Olander;6-9;Jr.;F;5.1
Ryan Boatright;6-0;So.;G;16.0
Shabazz Napier;6-1;Jr.;G;16.6
Omar Calhoun;6-5;Fr.;G;10.9
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

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