UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

Gameday and live updates: No. 1 Louisville at UConn

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WHEN: Monday, 7

WHERE: XL Center

RECORDS: Louisville 15-1 (3-0 Big East); UConn 12-3 (2-1)

ON THE AIR: ESPN (Sean McDonough (pbp), Bill Raftery (analyst), Jay Bilas (analyst);  WTIC 1080 (Joe D’Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

UP NEXT: Jan. 19 at Pitt

LOUISVILLE

  • Peyton Siva G 6-0 Sr.: Eclipsed 1,000 career pts vs. USF
  • Russ Smith G 6-1 Sr.: 4-for-24 FG in past 2 games
  • Wayne Blackshear G/F 6-5 So.: Single-digits in past 4 games
  • Montrezl Harrell F 6-8 Fr.: 6.8 ppg, 61 % FG
  • Gorgui Dieng C 6-11 Jr.: Double-doubles in 3 straight games
  • Chane Behanan F 6-6 So.: 12 rebs in first half vs. USF
  • Luke Hancock F 6-6 Jr.: 6.1 ppg, 33 % FG
  • Kevin Ware G 6-2 So.: 45.5 % 3-pointers

UCONN

  • Shabazz Napier G 6-0 Jr..: 19.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 5 apg in past 5 games
  • Ryan Boatright G 5-10 So.: 14 pts, 5 assists vs. Notre Dame
  • Omar Calhoun G 6-5 Fr.: 5.6 ppg, 27 % FG in Big East play
  • DeAndre Daniels F 6-8 So.: 8 pts, 9 rebs in 2nd half vs. ND
  • Tyler Olander F 6-9 Jr.: Career-high 16 pts vs. ND
  • Enosch Wolf C 7-1 Jr.: 9 mins vs. ND
  • Niels Giffey F 6-7 Jr.:  2 pts in each of past 2 games
  • R.J. Evans G 6-3 R-Sr.: 2 pts, 2 rebs vs. ND
  • Phil Nolan F 6-9 Fr.: DNP vs. ND

STORY LINES

UConn vs. No. 1: If Louisville does indeed jump to No. 1 in the polls, it will be the first time the Huskies have faced the nation’s top-ranked team since an 88-74 rout of Texas at Gampel Pavilion in 2010. The Longhorns had already lost that week, though, and were on their way down the polls. Prior to that, the Huskies last faced No. 1 in the 1999 national championship game.

Praise from Pitino: Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been an outspoken Kevin Ollie supporter since the beginning of the season.

“I’m really happy for (UConnn) because I love their coach,” Pitino told GoCards.com. “He is a class young man and I knew he would do a great job. More so than any other person I’ve encountered in my life, I knew he would be a great coach.”

A confidence booster: Tyler Olander has now reached double-figures in consecutive games, and was crucial as UConn pulled away from Notre Dame in the second half Saturday.

“It’s really rewarding,” Olander said. “Things weren’t really working out for me at the beginning of the season, but I just stuck with it, kept working hard, got in the gym and it feels good to have the hard work finally pay off.”

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