Connecticut vs. DePaul: Full Game Preview

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Connecticut vs. DePaul: Full Game Preview
Connecticut
(18-7, 4-3 away)
DePaul
(11-15, 7-9 home)
Venue: Allstate Arena
8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Connecticut S Napier 17.2 D Daniels 4.9 S Napier 4.6
DePaul B Young 16.5 C Melvin 7.4 B Young 4.5

Connecticut visits Allstate Arena on Saturday to take on DePaul. The game tips off at 8 p.m. EST and you can see it on BEN, MASN or The U Too. The Huskies beat the Blue Demons 99-78 on Jan. 8 and are 7-0 against them over the last four years.

Connecticut is in sixth place in the conference, DePaul is in 13th place.

The Huskies got past Cincinnati 73-66 on Feb. 21 with the help of 27 points from Shabazz Napier. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 17.2 points per game, 4.6 assists per game, and 2 steals per game. For the Blue Demons, Brandon Young finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds in the 90-66 loss to Georgetown on Feb. 20. He puts up a team-leading 16.5 points per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game.

DePaul StatSmack

  • Diaper Dandies love Connecticut. Connecticut has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than DePaul (10 vs. 8).
  • Connecticut has a better conference record than DePaul this season (8-5 vs. 2-11).
  • Connecticut is ranked higher than DePaul in the Big East (No. 6 vs. No. 13).
  • The Connecticut steals leader (Shabazz Napier, 50 steals) has more steals than the DePaul steals leader (Brandon Young, 42 steals).
  • Even computers respect Connecticut more. Connecticut has a better RPI this season than DePaul (RPI: No. 27 vs. No. 173).
  • Connecticut has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than DePaul (No. 66 vs. No. 162).
  • Connecticut has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than DePaul (eight vs. one).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Connecticut has a better overall record than DePaul this season (18-7 vs. 11-15).
  • Shabazz Napier is ranked 8th in the Big East in points, 5th in the Big East in three-pointers, 8th in the Big East in assists, and 5th in the Big East in steals.
  • Connecticut has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than DePaul (22 vs. one).
  • Connecticut has a better scoring defense (65.2 allowed per game vs. 74.3 allowed per game) than DePaul this season.
UCONN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shabazz Napier 37 17 4 5 2 0 2
B+ Ryan Boatright 35 15 3 4 2 0 3
B Omar Calhoun 31 12 4 1 1 0 2
B DeAndre Daniels 27 11 5 1 1 1 2
C+ Tyler Olander 22 5 4 1 0 1 1
C+ Niels Giffey 21 5 4 1 1 0 1
C Enosch Wolf 14 3 3 1 0 1 1
C- Pat Lenehan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C- R.J. Evans 13 3 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Leon Tolksdorf 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Phillip Nolan 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey James 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
D+ Dave Vandal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Tor Watts 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Keifer Lammi 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
D Brendan Allen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
DEP Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Brandon Young 31 17 4 5 2 0 3
B C. Melvin 31 16 7 1 1 1 2
C Jamee Crockett 23 9 4 1 1 0 1
C Donnavan Kirk 26 7 4 0 0 2 1
C Worrel Clahar 24 7 4 3 1 0 2
C- C. McKinney 20 5 2 1 1 0 2
C- Moses Morgan 20 6 2 1 1 0 1
D D. Robertson Jr. 14 2 3 0 0 1 1
D D. McDonald 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Peter Ryckbosch 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Edwind McGhee 7 1 1 1 1 0 0
D- Montray Clemons 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
D- Jodan Price 3 1 0 0 0 0 1
D- Stuart Pirri 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Cory Dolins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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