Site: XL Center
Time: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
TV: SNY (Gary Apple, Tim Welsh, Kerith Burke)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400. WELI-AM 960 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: First meeting
Streaks: Loyola W4, UConn W6
3 DYLON CORMIER, G, 6-3, Sr., 29.8. – Third in NCAA in scoring, also leads team with 8 rpg.
15 JORDAN LATHAM, F, 6-9, Sr., 5.3 – Greyhounds shot blocker – 1.5 a game
13 FRANZ RASSMAN, F, 6-9, So., 2.8 – Has hit 5 of 13 from floor, will step out and shoot three
5 ERIC LASTER, G, 6-6, So., 9.3 – Has hit 10 of 14 three-point attempts
12 R.J. WILLIAMS, G, 5-9, Jr., 7.0 – Averaging 4.5 assists, 6-for-11 on threes
21 JARRED JONES, F/G, 6-7, So., 14.0 – Averaging 5.8 rebounds, 14 minutes
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 16.9 ppg. – 2K Classic MVP, AAC player of the week
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 11.5 – Has 24 assists, 12 TOs
21 OMAR CALHOUN, G/F, 6-6, So., 9.8 – 1-for-7 from floor vs. Indiana
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 6-9, Jr., 12.2 – Is 12-for-12 from the foul line
00 PHIL NOLAN, C, 6-10, So., 2.3 – Four fouls in six minutes vs. Indiana
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 9.5 – After a hot start, has drawn defensive attention.
What To Watch
Sandwich Game: Coming off an emotional win over Indiana, and with Florida in Dec. 2, UConn could be tempted to sleep on this opponent — which could be costly.
Coaching DNA: Loyola coach G.G. Smith, in his first season, is the son of Tubby Smith. He has Loyola off to its best start in eight years.
On the defensive: Boatright and Daniels were on the bench, Giffey and Lasan Kromah in for the final minutes against Indiana. Ollie likes to play matchup on defense, as he reads the game.
Dylon's Deal: UConn will be looking for a team-defense approach against Cormier, which has been effective against other big scorers they've played.
Big By Committee: Tyler Olander played 24 minutes off the bench against Indiana. UConn's big men, Nolan and Amida Brimah, have been foul prone, so the depth at that spot has paid off.
Napier's Time: Shabazz Napier usually starts out conservatively with his shooting, but if teammates are not scoring he can, and will, put the load on his shoulders in the second half.
DOM AMORE | firstname.lastname@example.org