Napier update, pre-game preview

 

 

UConn junior Shabazz Napier, who's dealing with a left shoulder contusion, is warming up with the team. He will start today.

Here's your pre-game preview:

Records: UConn 12-4, 2-2; Pittsburgh 14-4, 2-3

Probable starters:

UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (17.1 pts. 4.1 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.8 pts, 4.6 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (10.7 pts, 3.2 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.9 pts, 4.7 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (5.1 pts, 3.9 rebs)

Pittsburgh, 6-0 sr. guard Tray Woodall (10.6 pts), 6-3 fr. guard James Robinson (6.8 pts), 6-5 jr. forward Lamar Patterson (9.4 pts, 3.8 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Talib Zanna (12.1 pts, 5.4 rebs), 7-0 fr. center Steven Adams (6.8 pts, 5.9 rebs)

Noteworthy:

 -- Final Big East regular season meeting between two teams before Pitt moves to ACC next season.

-- The game pits two of the winningest BE programs in last 12 years, combining for 12 league titles.

-- Pitt owns BE wins over Georgetown and Villanova while losing to Cincy, Rutgers and Marquette. …

-- Depth a plus for Pitt, as 10 players average at least 12 minutes.

-- Top reserve: Jr. forward J.J. Moore (9.2 pts, 3.8 rebs).

-- Panthers 4th in BE games in scoring defense (59.8).

-- Series history: UConn leads, 32-28, but just 1-5 at Petersen Events Center. Pitt  80-11 in last 91 home games.

-- Hot: Boatright has scored in double figures in team-high 10 straight games.

-- Cold: After averaging 87.5 points in first two BE games, UConn has scored 61.5 in last two.

-- Up next: UConn hosts Rutgers Jan. 27.

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