Gameday and Updates: UConn at St. John’s

WHEN: Tonight, 7

WHERE: Madison Square Garden

RECORDS: UConn 15-5, 5-3 Big East; St. John’s 14-8, 6-4

ON THE AIR: ESPNU (Adam Amin, Tim Welsh); WTIC 1080 (Joe D’AmbrosioWayne Norman)

THE LINE: UConn by 1

UP NEXT: Sunday at Seton Hall, noon (SNY)


  • Shabazz Napier G 6-0 Jr..: 24 pts, 8 rebs vs. USF
  • Ryan Boatright G 5-10 Soph.: 58% FG in 5 games from Dec. 7-Jan. 8; 38.6 % since
  • Omar Calhoun G 6-5 Fr.: 10.7 ppg, 31 % 3-pt FG
  • DeAndre Daniels F 6-8 Soph.: 6 pts, 6 rebs, 4 blocks vs. USF
  • Tyler Olander F 6-9 Jr.: 16 pts vs. ND; 14 pts in 5 games since
  • Enosch Wolf C 7-1 Jr.: 4 pts, 5 rebs vs. USF
  • Niels Giffey F 6-7 Jr.: Made 1 of past 12 3-pt FGA
  • R.J. Evans G 6-3 R-Sr.: 2 pts, 2 rebs vs. USF
  • Phil Nolan F 6-9 Fr.: Has not scored in Big East play
  • Leon Tolksforf F 6-8 Fr.: 3 pts vs. USF


  • Phil Greene G 6-2 Soph.: 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio
  • D’Angelo Harrison G 6-3 Soph.: 18.9 ppg
  • Sir’Dominic Pointer G 6-5 Soph.: 6.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg
  • JaKarr Sampson F 6-8 Fr.: 14.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg
  • Chris Obekpa F/C 6-8 Fr.: Leads nation with 99 blocks
  • Amir Garrett F 6-6 Soph.: 6.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg
  • Jamal Branch G 6-3 Soph.: Will not play (knee)


BRANCH OUT: St. John’s point guard Jamal Branch, a starter in the team’s past six games, will be sidelined with a knee injury suffered Saturday versus Georgetown, according to Roger Rubin of The New York Daily News. The injury will open more playing time for Chris Obekpa, the nation’s leading shotblocker (99). UConn heavily pursued the 6-foot-9 Obekpa, who played his high school ball at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y.

NAPIER’S NUMBERS: Shabazz Napier, the Big East Player of the Week, has totaled an absurd 34 points in 24:40 of overtime this season. Per 40 minutes, he’s scoring at a Pistol Pete-rate of 55.2 points per game

LAST TRIP TO THE GARDEN: Banned from the Big East tournament, tonight’s game marks UConn’s last visit to Manhattan. “It kind of hit us that it will be our last game there this year,” Napier said. “As a freshman coming to UConn, you want to play in the Garden, it’s a beautiful thing to play in the Garden. We want to go give 110 percent because it’s our last time there this year.”

DOUBLE-DOUBLE ANYONE?: Twenty games in, not one Husky has recorded a double-double. Napier came close versus USF (24 points, eight rebounds), as did DeAndre Daniels versus New Hampshire (seven points, 10 boards) and Ryan Boatright against Fordham (26 points, nine assists).

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Sean Patrick Bowley