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Some pre-game news from the XL Center in Hartford:
-- UConn freshman Omar Calhoun has been dealing with a sore right wrist since jamming it against Villanova Saturday. He participated in the team shoot-around earlier today and had it taped for warm-ups.
Calhoun is expected to play tonight against Cincinnati.
-- The Huskies need to take care of the basketball tonight. They've averaged 17.7 turnovers in their last three games.
-- Rebounding, as always, will be critical for the Huskies. UConn has given up 20 offensive rebounds in each of the last two games, leading to a combined 36 second chance points.
-- Five pro scouts representing the Cavs, Mavs, Jazz, Spurs, Nets and Thunder will be in attendance.
Here's a pre-game preview:
Records: Cincinnati 19-7, 7-6, UConn 17-7, 7-5
Last game: Cincinnati lost to No. 15 Georgetown, 62-55, Friday; UConn lost to Villanova, 70-61, Saturday.
UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (16.3 pts. 4.2 rebs, 4.7 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.4 pts, 4.2 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (11.5 pts, 3.6 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.7 pts, 4.9 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.5 pts, 3.8 rebs)
Cincinnati, 6-0 sr. guard Cashmere Wright (13.3 pts, 3.4 assists), 6-4 jr. guard Sean Kilpatrick (18.0 pts, 5.4 rebs), 6-3 sr. guard JaQuon Parker (10.9 pts, 4.8 rebs), 6-8 jr. forward Justin Jackson (4.2 pts, 5.4 rebs), 6-10 sr. center Cheikh Mbodj (5.2 pts, 4.7 rebs, 2.5 blks)
-- First of two meetings between teams. Rematch is March 2 in Cincy.
-- The Bearcats have lost three of their four games.
-- Series: UConn leads 7-3, losing last meeting 70-67 last season at Gampel Pavilion on Kilpatrick's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left.
-- Wright recently became Cincy's all-time steals leader.
-- Top reserve: forward Titus Rubles (6.2 pts, 5.8 rebs).
-- Hot: Kilpatrick averaging 19.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in last seven games.
-- Cold: Olander has only two double figure scoring games this season. He had three last season.
-- In Big East games, Bearcats ranked 3rd in rebound margin (+4) and scoring defense (59.6), and 2nd in blocks (5.69).
-- UConn rated 2nd in 3-pt field goal percentage (36.6), scoring (70.5) and FT percentage (75.3).
-- Final home game at XL Center this season. Huskies own 6-2 record here.
-- Up next: UConn visits DePaul Saturday.
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.