Site: Sun Dome, Tampa, Fla.
Time: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Pete Gillen)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960. WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: UConn, 11-2
Last meeting: UConn, 83-40, at XL Center, Feb. 12
Streaks: UConn L1, USF L4
UConn (21-6, 9-5, AAC)
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 17.8 ppg. – Leading team in three-point attempt average: 4.7
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 12.6 – Has 92 assists, 52 turnovers
20 LASAN KROMAH, G-F, 6-6, GS, 7.1 – Had 7 assists in 25 minutes vs. USF on Feb. 12
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 11.2, Jr., 12.9 – Had 12 points, 5 rebounds 3 blocks in 23 minutes vs. USF
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr., 4.2 – Leads Huskies with 66.7 shooting percentage
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 8.0 – Only Husky who shot well, 4-for-6, vs. SMU
USF (12-15, 3-11)
4 COREY ALLEN JR., G, 6-1, Jr., 9.6 ppg – Has 80 assists, but 63 turnovers
15 SHEMIYE McLENDON, G, 6-3, Jr., 2.8 – Has started 12 games, minutes rising, 18.3 a game
2 VICTOR RUDD, F, 6-9, Sr.,15.3 – Had 27 points, 10 rebounds in loss to Louisville last week
3 ZACH LeDAY, F, 6-7, So., 3.1 – Averaging 14.1 minutes; shooting 77.5 percent from the line
5 JOHN EGBUNU, C, 6-10, Fr., 7.3 – Averaging 6.3 rebounds, has 33 blocks
23 CHRIS PERRY, F, 6-8, Fr., 9.3 – Had six points, seven rebounds vs. UConn
What To Watch
Pesky Bulls? South Florida had a history of giving UConn tough games, but that went by the boards in Hartford on Feb. 12 with the Huskies blowing out the Bulls by 37 points. They should be tougher in their building, but with veteran point guard Anthony Collins out with a knee injury, they're just not the same team.
Turnover affair: The Bulls have 363 turnovers, 46 more than opponents. They had 15 against UConn. So they can be exploited by ball pressure, which is a UConn signature.
Shooting stars: The Huskies shot a dismal 29 percent against SMU, including 6-for-21 on threes. Shot selection was part of it, but they also missed open shots. It wouldn't hurt if Giffey, who was 4-for-6 against SMU, got off a few more shots.
Sizing it up: The Bulls start a big frontcourt and have depth there, but the Huskies negated this advantage with quickness last time. If UConn plays a lot of halfcourt, Perry, Rudd and Egbunu could become much bigger factors.
A must win? The Huskies need to get this one against a bottom-of-the-league team and should come out with urgency. If they win here, and at home against Rutgers on March 5, 23 regular season wins would keep them in decent tournament shape regardless of what they do against Louisville, Cincinnati or in the AAC tournament.
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