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Men's basketball: DePaul at UConn

Published January 08. 2013 4:00AM

Location: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs

Tip-off time: 7 p.m. (SNY)

Records: UConn 10-3, 0-1; DePaul 10-5, 1-1

Last game: DePaul won at Providence, 83-73, Saturday; UConn lost at Marquette, 82-76 (OT), Jan. 1.

Probable starters: UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (17.5 pts, 4.2 rebs, 3.8 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.8 pts, 4.7 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (10.8 pts, 3.2 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.1 pts, 4.1 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.2 pts, 3.8 rebs)

DePaul, 6-4 jr. guard Brandon Young (16.1 pts, 4.3 assists), 6-3 so. guard Charles McKinney (5.3 pts), 6-4 so. guard Jamee Crockett (9.5 pts, 4.9 rebs), 6-8 jr. forward Cleveland Melvin (16.7 pts, 7.7 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Donnavan Kirk (6.1 pts, 3.2 rebs)

Noteworthy: Big East home opener for Huskies. Trying to avoid first two-game losing streak this season. DePaul off to best road start (4-0) since 5-0 in 1993-94. Road wins over PC, Auburn, Chicago State and Arizona State. Series: UConn leads, 8-1, winning seven straight including last meeting, 81-67, in 2012 BE tourney first round. . Stat to watch: Turnovers. Blue Demons forced an average of 22 turnovers in two BE games. Napier leads team in rebounding. Key match-up: Daniels vs. Melvin, a preseason All-Big East 2nd team pick Hot: Napier averaging 20.3 pts, 7.3 rebs and 4.7 assists in last three games. Cold: UConn ranked 13th in 3-pt FG percentage (32.3) in BE. Up next: UConn visits No. 17 Notre Dame in South Bend Saturday.

- Gavin Keefe

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