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Pre-game preview: Eastern Washington

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: theday.com

Published December 28. 2013 11:00AM   Updated December 28. 2013 11:27AM

This is sort of a strange stretch of the schedule for the UConn Huskies.

Starting with last Sunday's game at Washington, they play three out of four on the road. Their only home game is today at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport where they've never played before.

They open American Athletic Conference play with a Texas road trip, visiting Houston on New Year's Eve and SMU on Saturday.

Here's a pre-game preview of today's game:  

Records: Eastern Washington 5-5, No. 15 UConn 10-1

Last game: Eastern Washington lost at Seton Hall, 92-70, Sunday; UConn won at Washington, 82-70.

Probable starters: UConn, 6-0 jr. guard Ryan Boatright (11.9, 3.8 rebs, 3.6 assists), 6-1 sr. guard Shabazz Napier (15.5 pts, 5.6 assists, 6.7 rebs), 6-5 so. guard Omar Calhoun (8.2 pts), 6-8 jr. forward DeAndre Daniels (13.5 pts, 4.5 rebs), 7-0 fr. center Amida Brimah (3.0 pts, 1.9 rebs, 3 blks)

Eastern Washington, 6-4 jr. guard Drew Brandon (11.3 pts, 5.1 assists), 6-4 so. guard Tyler Harvey (19.3 pts, 4.3 rebs), 6-4 jr. guard Parker Kelly (10.4 pts), 6-7 so. forward Venky Jois (13.4 pts, 8.1 rebs), 6-10 jr. forward Martin Seiferth (7.1 pts, 4.3 rebs)

Noteworthy:

-- First home game for UConn outside of Hartford or Storrs since Jan. 3, 1987 when it lost toSyracuse (88-71) at New Haven Coliseum.

-- First meeting between schools and against a Big Sky Conference program.

-- Common foes: Washington (UConn won, EW lost, 92-80), BostonUniversity (UConn won, 77-60, EW won 80-68).

-- Top reserve: 6-7 fr. forward Ognjen Miljkovic (6.9 pts, 3.4 rebs).

-- EW has seven foreign players on roster, tying for the most in Division I.

-- The Eagles lead the Big Sky Conference in scoring (76.7 points), assists (13.7), blocks (4.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (plus 1.2).

-- UConn’s Niels Giffey and Seiferth are both from Berlin, Germany. They're good friends.

-- The Eagles convert 8.4 3-pointers per game. Harvey averages 3.7 per game.

-- Hot: Daniels is shooting 64 percent (29-for-45) in last five games. Cold: Calhoun is shooting 28 percent (10-for-36) in last five games.

-- Eastern Washington is 1-18 all-time versus ranked teams. Its only win came against No. 10 St. Joseph's (68-67) on Nov. 15, 2001.

-- For regular updates during the game, follow me on Twitter @GavinKeefe

-- Check back later for post-game notes, quotes and video.

 

 

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