Site: Madison Square Garden, New York.

    Time: Sunday, 2:20 p.m.

    TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce)

    Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960, WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

   Series history: UConn, 3-2

Last meeting: UConn, 66-62, Nov. 9, 2012, Ramstein Air Base, Germany,

    Streaks:  UConn W3, Michigan State W6

       UConn  (29-8)

    13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 17.9 ppg. – Averaging 22.7 points in NCAA Tournament

    11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 12.1 – Has 124 assists, 71 TOs during the season

        2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 11.2, Jr., 13.0 – Averaging 18.7 points in NCAA Tournament

   00 PHIL NOLAN, C, 6-10, So., 3.8  – Averaged 13.8 minutes in regular season, 8.3 in NCAAs

  5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 8.4  – Leads UConn with 22 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament games

35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr, 3.8 – Has 89 blocks in 37 games, 12 in six postseason games

MICHIGAN STATE  (29-8)

    5 ADREIAN PAYNE, F, 6-10, Sr., 16.5 ppg.  – MSU's career leader in blocks, 23 ppg. in NCAA Tournament

    22 BRANDON DAWSON, G/F, 6-6, Jr., 11.4 – Most outstanding player in Big Ten tournament

    45 DENZEL VALENTINE, G, 6-2, So., 7.9 – Averaging 5.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists

  

    11 KEITH APPLING, G, 6-1, Sr., 11.4  – Third in Big Ten in assists (154), second in assists-to-TO ratio

    10 MATT COSTELLO, F, 6-9, So., 4.2 – Started 20 games, averaging 1.9 blocks

What To Watch

Garden party II: This is UConn's 113th game at Madison Square Garden. The crowd should be even more UConn-driven than the Iowa State game, and the Huskies obviously feel very comfortable here.

Spartan effort: The Huskies upset Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic in Germany in Kevin Ollie's first game as coach. That was a well-watched, nationally televised game. If Michigan State needs a chip on its shoulder, that would suffice.

Terrence's time: With each passing game, Terrence Samuel is becoming more important to the Huskies as a spark off the bench. That's an element UConn did not have earlier in the season and it's one reason they are playing their best ball in March.

Payne-ful matchup: Payne, with his size and athletic ability, will be very hard for UConn to match. It will be hard for the Huskies to stop him, and hard to stay out of foul trouble doing it. Could Tyler Olander, who had a good game in Germany, be dusted off for this one?

Lining up wins: The Huskies are shooting 86.7 percent from the line in the NCAA Tournament. Napier is 16-for-18, Daniels is 8-for-9, Boatright 14-for-18, Samuel 11-for-12. If it comes down to free throws, UConn would appear to be in safe territory.

DOM AMORE | damore@courant.com