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Here's a pre-game preview for UConn vs. Boston University today at Gampel Pavilion:
Records: Boston University 2-0, UConn 3-0
Last game: Boston University defeated UMass-Lowell, 91-65, Wednesday; UConn beat Detroit, 101-55
Probable starters: UConn, 6-0 jr. guard Ryan Boatright (11.7 pts, 5.0 assists), 6-1 sr. guard Shabazz Napier (14 pts, 8.7 rebs, 8.3 assists), 6-5 so. guard Omar Calhoun (15 pts), 6-8 jr. forward DeAndre Daniels (6.3 pts), 6-10 so. center Phil Nolan (3.3 pts, 2 rebs)
Boston University, 5-10 so. guard Maurice Watson Jr. (17.0 pts, 6.0 rebs, 6.0 assists), 6-0 sr. guard D.J. Irving (6.5 pts), 6-3 so. guard John Papale (8.5 pts), 6-7 sr. forward Dom Morris (19.5 pts, 7.0 rebs), 6-7 so. forward Nathan Dieudonne (8.0 pts, 4.0 rebs)
-- 2K Sports Classic second round game for UConn.
-- UConn will stick with the same starting lineup as the first three games.
-- Series: UConn leads, 41-12, winning last 21 of last 23 including 92-64 in last meeting in 2009.
-- The Terriers returned their top seven scorers from a 17-win team last season. They are picked to win the Patriot League. Irving was named the conference preseason player of the year.
-- Top reserve: fr. guard Cedric Hankerson (9 pts).
-- BU out-rebounded, 36-33.5, with tallest member of its rotation only 6-foot-7.
-- The Terriers have forced 39 turnovers in two games.
-- Hot: UConn seniors Niels Giffey is shooting 83.3 percent (15-18) overall, 84.6 percent (11-13) from 3-point range. He's yet to score a single point in the second half this season.
-- Cold: UConn is holding opponents to 34.4 percent from the field.
-- UConn freshman Amida Brimah has 14 blocks in three games. Emeka Okafor had nine and Hasheem Thabeet 20 through three games during their outstanding careers.
-- Up next: UConn plays Boston College Thursday in 2K Sports Classic semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Today’s American Athletic Conference Championship semifinal doubleheader is underway here at the XL Center in Hartford. A crowd in the 12,000-13,000 range is expected for the UConn-Tulsa game. Tip-off time is 5 p.m.