Connecticut vs. Providence: Full Game Preview

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Connecticut vs. Providence: Full Game Preview
Connecticut
(13-5, 2-2 away)
Providence
(10-10, 9-4 home)
Venue: Dunkin' Donuts Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 31, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Connecticut S Napier 16.7 D Daniels 4.6 R Boatright 4.6
Providence B Cotton 21.7 L Henton 8.0 V Council 6.7

Providence plays host to Connecticut at Dunkin' Donuts Center on Thursday. The game tips off at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN/ESPN2. The Friars are 2-2 against the Huskies over the last four years. The last time they met (2/28/2012) they won 72-70.

Providence is 13th in the Big East and Connecticut is in 10th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The Friars were defeated by Marquette 81-71 on January 26th despite 19 points from Bryce Cotton. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 21.7 points per contest. For the Huskies, Shabazz Napier finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds in the 66-54 win over Rutgers on January 27th. With 16.7 points per game and 1.9 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Connecticut StatSmack

  • Providence beat Connecticut by 2 points the last time they played (Feb 28, 2012).
  • Providence has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Connecticut according to Kiplinger (84.4% vs 61%).
  • Kadeem Batts is ranked 6th in the Big East in rebounds.
  • At least you keep showing up. Providence has an average margin of victory of 7 over Connecticut in 23 wins since 1980.
  • LaDontae Henton is ranked 3rd in the Big East in rebounds.
  • The Providence scoring leader (Bryce Cotton) has more points than the Connecticut scoring leader (Shabazz Napier).
  • The Providence three-point leader (Bryce Cotton) has more three-pointers than the Connecticut three-point leader (Shabazz Napier).
  • Bryce Cotton is ranked 19th nationally in points and 14th nationally in three-pointers.
  • The Providence rebounding leader (LaDontae Henton) has more rebounds than the Connecticut rebounding leader (DeAndre Daniels).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Providence currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (925 to 889) than Connecticut, per the NCAA.
  • Providence is better at defending the three (28.1% allowed vs 31.7% allowed) than Connecticut this season.
UCONN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shabazz Napier 36 17 4 4 2 0 2
B+ Ryan Boatright 35 16 3 5 1 0 3
B Omar Calhoun 30 11 3 1 1 0 2
B DeAndre Daniels 26 11 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tyler Olander 21 5 4 1 0 1 1
C Niels Giffey 20 4 3 1 1 0 1
C Enosch Wolf 14 4 3 1 0 1 1
C Trey James 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
C- Pat Lenehan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- Dave Vandal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- R.J. Evans 15 3 1 1 1 0 1
C- Leon Tolksdorf 9 1 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Phillip Nolan 8 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Tor Watts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ Keifer Lammi 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
D+ Brendan Allen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
PC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Bryce Cotton 37 22 4 3 1 0 2
B LaDontae Henton 37 14 8 1 1 1 2
B Vincent Council 31 10 2 7 1 0 3
B Kadeem Batts 31 14 7 2 1 1 2
C Kris Dunn 24 6 4 2 1 0 3
C Josh Fortune 30 7 3 2 1 0 2
C Sidiki Johnson 15 4 5 0 1 1 1
D+ Brice Kofane 17 1 4 0 0 1 1
D Lee Goldsbrough 13 2 3 0 0 0 1
D Ted Bancroft 11 1 2 0 1 0 1
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