WHEN: Today, 9 p.m.
WHERE: Madison Square Garden
WHAT: Jimmy V Classic
RECORDS: N.C. State 4-2, UConn 6-1
ON THE AIR: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Bob Knight, Dick Vitale, Andy Katz)
EVANS A GO: Redshirt senior guard R.J. Evans, who gave the Huskies six points per game and immeasurable leadership before suffering a sternalclavicular sprain on Thanksgiving, will play tonight, according to a UConn spokesperson. His presence gives UConn another body — a fullback-sized one, at that — in the backcourt. I’d still expect major minutes from Omar Calhoun, though. He’s shown progress in the past few games.
DEFENDING THE PERIMETER: N.C. State has two 6-foot-5 guards in Lorenzo Brown and Scott Woods. Both have a length advantage on UConn’s Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, which could limit the duo’s number of clean perimeter looks.
STAT SHEET: Two stats you should know for tonight. Tyler Olander has committed more fouls (20) than he’s collected rebounds (18) in past five games. Excluding the season-opening win against Michigan State, Shabazz Napier has 17 points on 7-for-28 shooting from the field in first halves. After the break, he’s 32-of-62 (51.6 percent) for 113 points.