Pre-game preview: Seton Hall

Here's your pre-game preview and updates from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.:

-- UConn took about five hours to make the bus trip from Storrs to Newark, arriving about 1 a.m.

-- The Huskies haven't practiced since Thursday.

-- Seton Hall leading scorer Fuquan Edwin (ankle) will play. Forward Brandon Mobley (shoulder) and reserve Brian Oliver (ankle) are expected to sit out.

-- Statistics and other information:

Records: UConn 15-6, 5-4; Seton Hall 13-10, 2-8

Last game: UConn lost at St. John’s, 71-65, Wednesday; Seton Hall lost at Pittsburgh, 56-46, Monday

Probable starters as of Saturday:

UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (17.0 pts. 4.3 rebs, 4.1 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.6 pts, 4.6 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (11.1 pts, 3.3 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.9 pts, 4.9 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.5 pts, 3.8 rebs)

Seton Hall, 6-1 fr. guard Tom Maayan (2.4 pts), 6-6 jr. guard Faquan Edwin (16.9 pts, 5.9 rebs), 6-5 so. forward Haralds Karlis (3.1 pts), 6-9 so. forward Brandon Mobley (9.0 pts, 5.7 rebs), 6-9 jr. center Eugene Teague (11.5 pts, 7.7 rebs)

Noteworthy:

-- Series: UConn leads, 43-19, winning 12 of the last 13 games but dropping 75-63 decision Jan. 2012 in last trip to Newark. …

-- Top reserve: guard Aaron Crosby (11.6 pts).

-- Pirates lost four straight.

-- Seton Hall’s only two Big East wins versus South Florida and DePaul.

-- Four of UConn’s five BE wins against teams with losing league records.

-- Hot: Huskies converting 83 percent from foul line in last 10 minutes of games plus OT.

-- Cold: UConn shooting 30 percent in last two games.

-- Boatright coming off season-low five points vs.St. John’s.

-- Slow starts have hurt Huskies who’ve trailed by double digits at half in two straight games.

-- Up next: UConn begins a three-game home-stand Wednesday, hosting Syracuse in Hartford.

-- Check back later for a post-game breakdown and video.

-- For game updates, follow me on Twitter @GavinKeefe

Reader Comments

MORE BLOGS

Post-game breakdown: Memphis

  UConn suffered a crushing 54-53 loss to Memphis Thursday night at Gampel Pavilion, spoiling Senior Night.

Pre-game preview: Memphis

  UConn is finally riding a nice wave of momentum after a bumpy regular season.

Post-game breakdown: SMU

  The Huskies secured a signature victory that they so desperately needed.

Pre-game preview: SMU

  UConn has never beaten Southern Methodist University.

Hamilton announces his retirement

  Former UConn great Richard "Rip" Hamilton announced his retirement today.

Pre-game preview: East Carolina

  The regular season is winding down.  

Post-game breakdown: Tulane

  UConn took a difficult route to victory on Sunday.  So it was a typical win for the Huskies, who held off Tulane, 67-60, at Gampel Pavilion.

Pre-game preview: Tulane

  It's hard to believe the regular season is already winding down.

Boatright, Dunn finalists for Bob Cousy award

  UConn senior Ryan Boatright and Providence sophomore Kris Dunn are two of 17 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award in college basketball.

Post-game breakdown: Memphis

  Freshman Daniel Hamilton is a rising star.  The latest evidence came in UConn's 75-72 loss at Memphis on Thursday night.

Pre-game preview: Memphis

UConn and Memphis meet twice over the final few weeks of the regular season.

Post-game breakdown: Tulsa

 UConn played its most complete game this season on Thursday night. Its near perfect performance couldn’t have come at a better time.

Pre-game preview: Tulsa

UConn begins a make-or-break stretch tonight.The Huskies host Tulsa, the American Athletic Conference leader, at the XL Center.

Calhoun pays tribute to Dean Smith

 UConn released a statement late Sunday from Jim Calhoun on the passing of fellow Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith, the North Carolina legend.

Pre-game preview: Tulane

  Here’s a revealing statistic:  UConn is 7-1 when Rodney Purvis scores in double figures.