Providence vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview

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Providence vs. Connecticut: Full Game Preview
Providence
(17-12, 4-7 away)
Connecticut
(19-10, 14-5 home)
Venue: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
12:00PM ET / 9:00AM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Providence B Cotton 20.0 L Henton 8.3 V Council 7.1
Connecticut S Napier 17.1 D Daniels 5.4 S Napier 4.6

Providence visits Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on Saturday to take on Connecticut. It starts at 12 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Friars lost to the Huskies 82-79 on Jan. 31 and are 2-3 against them over the last four years.

Providence is neck and neck with Connecticut at eigth place in the conference.

The Friars got past Seton Hall 76-66 on Mar. 5 with the help of 27 points and 12 rebounds from Kadeem Batts. He contributes 7.2 rebounds per game in addition to his 15.2 points per game. For the Huskies, DeAndre Daniels finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the 65-51 loss to South Florida on Mar. 6. With 5.4 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Connecticut StatSmack

  • LaDontae Henton is ranked 2nd in the Big East in rebounds.
  • The Providence scoring leader (Bryce Cotton, 541 points) has more points than the Connecticut scoring leader (Shabazz Napier, 462 points).
  • 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.
  • The Providence assist leader (Vincent Council, 135 assists) has more assists than the Connecticut assist leader (Ryan Boatright, 126 assists).
  • Providence has come back to win after being down at half against Connecticut four times since 2006.
  • The Providence basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Connecticut (80 percent vs. 31 percent).
  • The Providence three-point leader (Bryce Cotton, 87 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Connecticut three-point leader (Shabazz Napier, 66 three-pointers).
  • Kadeem Batts is ranked 10th in the Big East in points and 8th in the Big East in rebounds.
  • Providence has an average margin of victory of 7 over Connecticut in 23 wins since 1980.
  • Providence attacks the glass, with more rebounds (37.8 per game vs. 32.9 per game) than Connecticut this season.
  • Providence has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Connecticut (No. 41 vs. No. 72).
PC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Bryce Cotton 0 20 3 3 1 0 2
B+ Vincent Council 33 10 3 7 1 0 3
B Kadeem Batts 31 15 7 1 1 1 2
B LaDontae Henton 0 14 8 1 1 1 2
C+ Kris Dunn 27 5 5 3 1 0 2
C Josh Fortune 25 6 3 2 1 0 1
C Sidiki Johnson 15 4 5 0 1 1 1
D+ Brice Kofane 13 1 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Lee Goldsbrough 12 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Ted Bancroft 10 1 2 0 1 0 1
UCONN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Shabazz Napier 37 17 4 5 2 0 2
B+ Ryan Boatright 0 15 3 4 1 0 3
B DeAndre Daniels 29 12 5 1 1 1 2
B Omar Calhoun 32 11 4 1 1 0 2
C+ Niels Giffey 21 5 4 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Olander 22 4 4 1 0 1 1
C Enosch Wolf 14 3 3 1 0 1 1
C- R.J. Evans 14 3 2 1 1 0 1
C- Phillip Nolan 10 1 2 0 0 1 0
D+ Leon Tolksdorf 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
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