Site: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati
Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.
TV: SNY (Anish Shroff, Bob Wenzel)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: UConn, 8-3
Last meeting: UConn, 73-66 (OT), at XL, Feb. 21, 2013
Streaks: UConn, L1, Cincinnati L3
Cincinnati (19-9, 7-8)
1 CASHMERE WRIGHT, G, 6-0, Sr., 12.7 ppg. – Scored 10 in 1st half, none after that vs. UConn
23 SEAN KILPATRICK, G, 6-4, Jr., 17.6 – Was 6-for-16 from floor vs. UConn on Feb. 21
44 JaQUON PARKER, G, 6-3, Sr., 11.2 – Shooting 40.7 percent on threes
5 JUSTIN JACKSON, F, 6-8, Jr., 4.1 – Shooting 51.2 percent from the line
13 CHEIKH MBODJ, F, 6-8, Sr., 5.1 – Has 70 blocked shots to lead Bearcats
2 TITUS RUBLES, F, 6-7, Jr., 6.3 – Leading rebounder with 5.8 a game
UConn (19-8, 9-6)
13, SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Jr., 17.1 ppg. – Sore right foot a question mark for this game
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, So., 15.0 – Slumping from three, down to 36 percent
21 OMAR CALHOUN, G/F, 6-5, Fr., 11.7 – Made huge tying shot vs. Georgetown
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 6-8, So., 11.2 – Had 25 points, 10 rebounds vs. Georgetown, team's first double-double
10 TYLER OLANDER, C, 6-9, Jr., 4.5 – Averaging 22 minutes, 3.6 rebounds
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Jr., 5.0 – Has 26 steals, nine blocks, playing a lot of center now
What To Watch
Payback In Cincy: With a stinging OT loss to UConn still so fresh, look for the Bearcats, who need this game for tournament purposes, to come out angry before their home crowd.
Hurting Huskies: UConn, thin to begin with, has a number of players with nagging injuries. Napier's right foot is the most serious, Calhoun's right wrist still isn't right, Giffey has a sore knee, among others. The season is taking its toll.
Hoya Hangover: UConn is coming off an all-out effort, but a heartbreaking loss to Georgetown. Can the Huskies heal mentally and bounce back after one practice?
Boat Show On Defense: Boatright drew high praise from his coach for shutting down Cashmere Wright in the second half and OT on Feb. 21. Look for that matchup again, and look for Cincinnati to make adjustments to try to keep Wright involved
Rebounding Edge: UConn outrebounded Georgetown by 10, but lost. They were outrebounded by Cincinnati by 16, but won. Go figure. The Huskies need continued rebounding progress. Coach Kevin Ollie is going more and more with a smaller frontcourt, with Giffey and Daniels in together.
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