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UConn forward Tyler Olander is dealing with flu-like symptoms. His playing status is unclear.
The Huskies are thin in the frontcourt even with Olander.
If Olander can't play, UConn will need junior Enosch Wolf to have a big game.
Here's your pre-game preview:
Records: UConn 13-5, 3-3;Providence 10-10, 2-6
Last game: UConn beat Rutgers, 66-54, Sunday;Providence lost atMarquette, 81-71, Saturday
6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (16.7 pts. 4.3 rebs, 4.1 assists)
6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.9 pts, 4.6 assists)
6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (10.7 pts, 3.3 rebs)
6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.7 pts, 4.6 rebs)
6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.9 pts, 4.0 rebs)
6-1 jr. guard Bryce Cotton (21.7 pts)
6-2 sr. guard Vincent Council (9.9 pts, 6.7 assists)
6-3 fr. guard Kris Dunn (6.4 pts, 3.8 rebs)
6-6 so. forward LaDontae Henton (14.2 pts, 8.0 rebs)
6-9 jr. forward Kadeem Batts (14.1 pts, 7.1 rebs)
-- First of two meetings this season.
-- Dunn, New London High’s all-time leading scorer, has started five games this season. He is the second Whaler to play for PC, joining Rob Sanders (2002-04.
-- Cotton leads the BE in scoring.
-- Series: UConn leads 42-28, but lost five of last seven meetings including 72-70 last season at PC.
-- UConn ties: PC associate head coach Andre LaFleur is an ex-UConn assistant and assistant Brian Blaney is son of UConn assistant George Blaney.
-- Top reserve: 6-10, 240-pound forward Sidiki Johnson (3.9 pts, 5.1 rebs), a transfer from Arizona.
-- Hot: Napier 36-for-43 from foul line in last nine games.
-- Cold: Olander averaging 2.7 pts and 3.7 rebs in last three games.
-- Boatright scored in double digits a team-best 12 straight games.
-- Up next: UConn hosts South Florida Sunday in Storrs.
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.