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After an eight day layoff, UConn looks to snap a two-game skid when it hosts Rutgers this afternoon.

Stats, rosters and links are below.

*In Sunday’s Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, we took a look at the UConn’s glory days in the Big East and its future in a mid-major conference.

*Big East at a glance

WHEN: Today, 2 p.m

WHERE: XL Center

RECORDS: Rutgers 12-6 (3-4 Big East); UConn 12-5 (2-3)

ON THE AIR: SNY (Kevin Connors, Tim Welsh); WTIC 1080 (Joe D’Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

LINE: UConn by 9½

UP NEXT: Thursday at Providence

RUTGERS

Jerome Seagears, G, 6-0 Soph.: 6.2 ppg, 3.3 apg as starter

Myles Mack, G, 5-9 Soph.: 51.3 FG % and Big East-best 93.5 FT %

Eli Carter, G, 6-2 Soph.: 10th in Big East with 15.6 ppg

Dane Miller, G/F, 6-6 Sr.: 985 career pts

Wally Judge, F, 6-9 R-Jr.: 7.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Mike Poole, G, 6-5 Jr.: 7.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg over past 5 games

Austin Johnson, F/C, 6-9 Sr.: 7.5 ppg when coming off bench

Kadeem Jack, F, 6-9 R-Soph.: Career-high 13 rebs vs. Syracuse

Shabazz Napier (AP)

UCONN

Shabazz Napier, G, 6-0 Jr..: 8 pts, 3 rebs, 2 assists vs. Pitt

Ryan Boatright, G, 5-10 Soph.: 20 pts vs. Pitt

Omar Calhoun, G, 6-5 Fr.: 34 pts in past 2 games

DeAndre Daniels, F, 6-8 Soph.: 0 rebs in 20 mins vs. Pitt

Tyler Olander, F, 6-9 Jr.: 5.1 ppg, 4 rpg

Enosch Wolf, C, 7-1 Jr.: 0 rebs in 14 mins vs. Pitt

Niels Giffey, F, 6-7 Jr.: Already surpassed reb total from last season

R.J. Evans, G, 6-3 R-Sr.: 3-for-14 FT this season

Phil Nolan, F, 6-9 Fr.: Has not scored in Big East play

STORY LINES

NAPIER’S SHOULDER: Almost two weeks after he suffered a left shoulder contusion against Louisville, Shabazz Napier doesn’t seem to be 100 percent. He was a full participant in Friday’s practice, but didn’t take part in box-out drills Saturday. Barring anything unforeseen, he’s expected to play this afternoon.

“If it’s pain he can play through, he’s got to fight through it,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. “If you’re on the court, I don’t want any excuses. If you’re out there, we want you to go 100 percent, and if you can’t we’ll take you out.”

A MIRROR IMAGE: Like UConn, Rutgers plays three guards and an undersized four-man, 6-foot-6 senior Dane Miller. Myles Mack, a a 5-foot-9 sophomore, is connecting on a remarkable 51 percent of his field goal attempts, the best rate of any Big East guard.

THE 1,000 POINT CLUB: Napier will be honored prior to this afternoon’s tip for hitting the 1,000-point mark. He’s the 47th player in program history to hit quadruple-figures. Napier, a junior, needs 18 points to surpass Jeremy Lamb for No. 42 on UConn’s all-time scoring list.

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