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Gameday and updates: Georgetown at UConn

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A few hours until tip here at Gampel Pavilion.

Otto Porter Jr. (AP)

Georgetown, riding a nine-game win streak, vistis UConn for a late-season matchup with conference title implications. The Hoyas (11-3) are in first place; UConn, at 9-5, trails by just two games.

Some pertinent links along with rosters and stats for tonight:

*Georgetown, Porter up next for UConn

*A look at Otto Porter Jr., leading candidate for Big East Player of the Year

*What to watch for in Wednesday’s game

WHEN: Tonight, 7

WHERE: Gampel Pavilion

RECORDS: Georgetown 21-4, 11-3 Big East; UConn 19-7, 9-5

LINE: Georgetown by 2

ON THE AIR: ESPN2 (Mike Patrick, LaPhonso Ellis); WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D’Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

UP NEXT: Saturday at Cincinnati, 2 (SNY)

GEORGETOWN

Jabril Trawick G 6-5 So.: 4 pts, 5 assists vs. Syracuse

Markel Starts G 6-1 Jr.: 12.1 ppg, 40 % 3-point FG

Otto Porter Jr. F 6-8 So.: 15.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 51 % FG, 45 % 3-point FG

Nate Lubick F 6-8 Jr.: 7.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Mikael Hopkins F 6-9 So.: 6.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera G 6-3 Fr.: 40 pts, 6 3-pointers in past 2 games

Moses Ayegba F/C 6-9 Jr.: 10 rebs vs. Syracuse

UCONN

Shabazz Napier G 6-0 Jr..: 11-for-16 3-point FG in past 2 games

Ryan Boatright G 5-10 So.: 17 pts, 6 assists vs. DePaul

Omar Calhoun G 6-5 Fr.: 9-for-14 FG in past 2 games

DeAndre Daniels F 6-8 So.: 4 pts, 5 rebs vs. DePaul

Tyler Olander F 6-9 Jr.: 5 pts, 5 rebs vs. DePaul

Niels Giffey F 6-7 Jr.: 8.8 ppg in past 4 games

R.J. Evans G 6-3 Sr.: 3.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg

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

Leon Tolksdorf F 6-8 Fr.: Scoreless in 4 mins vs. DePaul

STORY LINES

AN XLENT ON-CAMPUS ARENA: Wednesday marks the season’s first marquee matchup at Gampel Pavilion. Most of UConn’s big games have been at the XL Center. “If I had a chance to pick our home games, they would all be at Gampel,” said UConn guard Shabazz Napier. “I think the crowd is just so right there on you, it could be devastating for the other team. It helps when we go through stretches where we don’t score, and it also helps when we go through spurts where we do score. I just appreciate everything about Gampel.”

BUGGING HIM FOR THE WRIST OF THE SEASON: Omar Calhoun suffered a sprained right wrist versus Villanova on Feb. 16. Since sprains usually take a few weeks to heal, Calhoun expects the injury to be somewhat troublesome for the remainder of the year. “The wrist is still bothering me,” Calhoun said. “It still hurts, but I’ll fight through it like I’ve been doing.”

POSTSEASON AWARDS: Wednesday’s game has major implications at the top of the Big East standings. It also could determine a few postseason awards. UConn’s Kevin Ollie and Georgetown’s John Thompson appear to be the frontrunners for Big East Coach of the Year. Hoyas forward Otto Porter Jr. is the favorite for Big East Player of the Year, but a UConn win and a huge Napier performance could put the 6-foot-1 guard back in the discussion.

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