UConn-Seton Hall Preview
Connecticut is in good shape to go unbeaten during this stretch
without Jim Calhoun.
The eighth-ranked Huskies look to defeat Seton Hall for the 12th
straight time Tuesday night in a Big East matchup at the Prudential
Calhoun will be finishing a three-game suspension for failing to
create an atmosphere of compliance within the program, with George
Blaney serving as interim coach. Without Calhoun, Connecticut
(12-1, 2-0) has won its first two Big East games for the first time
since a 3-0 start in 2003-04.
“We definitely want to get 3-0 for him and for ourselves,” top
scorer Jeremy Lamb said. “We want to win just as bad as he do. I
know it’s hard for him watching. We’re still running coach
Calhoun’s system. One more game and we’ll be good.”
After surviving for a 60-57 win at South Florida on Wednesday,
the Huskies returned home and cruised to an 83-69 victory over St.
John’s on Saturday. Connecticut shot a season-high 60.4 percent
against the Red Storm as Shabazz Napier had 17 points and nine
“I told the guys, ‘I’m not selfish at all,'” Napier said. “I
want to get 15, I want to get 20 assists. That’s good for me.”
The Huskies used excellent ball movement to finish with 21
assists while making 9 of 16 from 3-point range.
“For the most part, we did a good job of passing the ball,”
Blaney said. “I was really happy with that aspect of the game.”
UConn is the Big East’s top shooting team at 49.6 percent. Lamb
is the conference’s second-leading scorer with 18.9 points per
Seton Hall (12-2, 1-1) also features an offensive star in Herb
Pope, fourth in the Big East with an 18.6 scoring average and
second with 10.9 rebounds per game. The senior forward, however,
has struggled in his last four contests, averaging 9.8 points and
The Pirates have not beaten the Huskies since a 65-63 win March
3, 2001. They fell 61-59 at home in the last meeting Feb. 5 despite
leading by as many as 14 points and by 10 with eight minutes
Seton Hall fared poorly in its first game against a ranked
opponent this season Wednesday in a 75-49 defeat at No. 1 Syracuse.
The Pirates bounced back with Friday’s 67-48 victory over West
Virginia, improving to 8-0 at home.
Fuquan Edwin scored 19 points and Jordan Theodore added 18 and
eight assists. Theodore avoided any turnovers for the second time
this season in 37 minutes.
“I said after the Syracuse game that this was a must-win and
that we were going to get it,” Theodore said. “Did I lie? Did
How Theodore fares in his point guard matchup with Napier will
help determine Tuesday’s outcome. Theodore leads the conference in
assists with 7.0 per game and Napier is second at 6.6.
Another matchup to watch could happen if UConn chooses to employ
freshman center Andre Drummond to slow down Pope. Drummond had 16
points and 11 rebounds Saturday, and is third in the Big East with
2.6 blocks per game.