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Pre-game preview: Boston College

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: theday.com

Published November 21. 2013 5:00PM   Updated November 21. 2013 5:24PM

Here's your pre-game preview of the UConn-Boston College game at Madison Square Garden:

Records: Boston College, 1-3, UConn 4-0

Last game: Boston College beat Florida Atlantic, 82-79, Monday; UConn defeated Boston University, 77-60, Sunday

Probable starters:

UConn, 6-0 jr. guard Ryan Boatright (12.8 pts, 4.0 assists), 6-1 sr. guard Shabazz Napier (13.5 pts, 9.5 rebs, 7.8 assists), 6-5 so. guard Omar Calhoun (12 pts), 6-8 jr. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.8 pts), 6-10 so. center Phil Nolan (3.0 pts, 2.8 rebs)

Boston College, 6-2 so. guard Joe Rahon (13.3 pts, 4.8 rebs), 6-4 so. Olivier Hanlan (24.5 pts, 3.0 rebs), fr. forward Garland Owens (6.0 pts), 6-6 jr. forward Patrick Heckmann (8.0 pts, 2.0 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Ryan Anderson (16.3 pts, 6.3 rebs)

Noteworthy:

-- 2K Sports Classic championship round. Indiana plays Washington in the second game of doubleheader.

Championship and consolation games on Friday.

-- The Huskies are off to sixth straight 4-0 start since 2007-08 season.

-- Series: UConn leads 54-35, winning 28 of last 31 games but losing last meeting 75-70 in 2005.

-- BC picked to finish 8th in ACC.

-- The Eagles average 81.2 points but allow 85.5.

-- Top reserve: 6-8 jr. forward Alex Dragicevich (5.8 pts).

-- UConn freshman Amida Brimah is ranked second in nation with 16 blocks.

-- Hot: Napier has led the team in rebounding in all four games.

-- Cold: BC has been out-rebounded by an average of 10.5 per game.

"The numbers say they’re not rebounding well," coach Kevin Ollie said. "But we’re not going by those numbers… They have been giving up a lot of rebounds and hopefully we take advantage of that."

-- The Huskies went 0-2 at MSG last season, losing to North Carolina State and St. John’s. This is their first and only game here this season.

"It should be fun," Napier said. "It should be an experience that you’ve got to soak in. Whenever you go to the Garden, you feel the greatness, the people that came before you, not only in college but the professional level. It’s something spectacular on its own."

-- The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

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