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Pre-game preview: Providence

By Gavin Keefe

Publication: theday.com

Published 01/31/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 01/31/2013 06:14 PM

UConn forward Tyler Olander is dealing with flu-like symptoms. His playing status is unclear.

The Huskies are thin in the frontcourt even with Olander.

If Olander can't play, UConn will need junior Enosch Wolf to have a big game.

Here's your pre-game preview: 

Records: UConn 13-5, 3-3;Providence 10-10, 2-6

Last game: UConn beat Rutgers, 66-54, Sunday;Providence lost atMarquette, 81-71, Saturday

Probable starters:

UConn,

6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (16.7 pts. 4.3 rebs, 4.1 assists)

6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.9 pts, 4.6 assists)

6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (10.7 pts, 3.3 rebs)

6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.7 pts, 4.6 rebs)

6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.9 pts, 4.0 rebs)

Providence,

6-1 jr. guard Bryce Cotton (21.7 pts)

6-2 sr. guard Vincent Council (9.9 pts, 6.7 assists)

6-3 fr. guard Kris Dunn (6.4 pts, 3.8 rebs)

6-6 so. forward LaDontae Henton (14.2 pts, 8.0 rebs)

6-9 jr. forward Kadeem Batts (14.1 pts, 7.1 rebs)

Noteworthy,

-- First of two meetings this season.

-- Dunn, New London High’s all-time leading scorer, has started five games this season. He is the second Whaler to play for PC, joining Rob Sanders (2002-04.

-- Cotton leads the BE in scoring.

-- Series: UConn leads 42-28, but lost five of last seven meetings including 72-70 last season at PC.

-- UConn ties: PC associate head coach Andre LaFleur is an ex-UConn assistant and assistant Brian Blaney is son of UConn assistant George Blaney.

-- Top reserve: 6-10, 240-pound forward Sidiki Johnson (3.9 pts, 5.1 rebs), a transfer from Arizona.

-- Hot: Napier 36-for-43 from foul line in last nine games.

-- Cold: Olander averaging 2.7 pts and 3.7 rebs in last three games.

-- Boatright scored in double digits a team-best 12 straight games.

-- Up next: UConn hosts South Florida Sunday in Storrs.

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