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.
WHEN: Today, 2 p.m
WHERE: XL Center
RECORDS: Rutgers 12-6 (3-4 Big East); UConn 12-5 (2-3)
LINE: UConn by 9½
UP NEXT: Thursday at Providence
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, 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
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.