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DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Prudential Center (18,711) -- Newark, New Jersey. Television: SNY, Big East Network, MASN. Home Record: UConn 10-1. Seton Hall 9-3. Away Record: UConn 2-3, Seton Hall 3-6. Neutral Record: UConn 3-2, Seton Hall 1-1. Conference Record: UConn 5-4, Seton Hall 2-8. Series Record: UConn leads, 43-19.
GAMES NOTES: The Seton Hall Pirates will once again try to pull themselves out of a rut when the Connecticut Huskies invade the Prudential Center for a Big East Conference battle on Sunday.
The Huskies had won three straight contests before bowing to St. John's in a 71-65 decision on Wednesday night. After the setback the Huskies are just 15-6 overall on the season, while holding a 5-4 mark against league foes. This will be the sixth true road test of the season for UConn which is 2-3 in its previous away games. UConn will be back home in its next three games beginning with a stiff test against No. 9 Syracuse.
Seton Hall has been off since Monday when it was defeated, 56-46, by No. 23 Pittsburgh. The loss was the fourth straight and eighth in the last nine games for the Pirates, who are 13-10 overall but just 2-8 in conference action. The Pirates are 9-3 at the Prudential Center on the season but have lost three of four home games against the Big East. Seton Hall faces Rutgers in a Garden State showdown next.
This is one of the more lopsided conference series in the Big East. UConn has won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two programs and leads the all-time series by a 43-19 margin.
In a surprising turn of events it was Omar Calhoun that carried UConn against St. John's as he dropped in 21 points. However it wasn't enough for the Huskies who shot just 33.3 percent from the field in the contest and had just seven field goals in each half.
Calhoun (11.1 ppg) has been solid in his freshman season but the 6-foot-5 guard normally takes a back seat to Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. Napier (17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.1 apg) isn't just the fifth leading scorer in the Big East but also a talented passer and solid rebounder in the backcourt. Boatright (15.6 ppg, 4.6 apg) has been just as important for his scoring and distributing. DeAndre Daniels (10.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg) is the top option in the frontcourt where the Huskies are rather shallow. Lack of size inside has led the Huskies to be the second-worst rebounding team in the Big East (32.6 rpg). As a team, UConn is scoring 70.9 points per game, while shooting just below 45 percent from the field.
Fuquan Edwin had a great game against Pittsburgh as he poured in 23 points to account for half of the Pirates' overall offensive effort. The rest of the team managed just seven field goals while shooting a disastrous 26.9 percent from the field.
Edwin (16.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg) has been a lone bright spot for the Pirates during this season. The 6-foot-6 swingman leads the team in scoring and has put up double-figure efforts in 21 games this season, including eight efforts of more than 20 points. Eugene Teague (11.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg) is one of three members of the squad scoring in double figures, but Aaron Cosby (11.6 ppg) is listed as questionable for the contest for personal reasons. The Pirates will need players like Brandon Mobley (8.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg) to step up without Cosby.
Seton Hall doesn't have the type of size on the interior to give UConn problems. Expect the Huskies to roll past the Pirates, especially if Cosby is sidelined.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Connecticut 69, Seton Hall 60
02/10 10:30:47 ET
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