Site: Madison Square Garden, New York
Time: Friday, 7:27 p.m.
TV: TBS (Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960, WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: Iowa State, 1-0
Last meeting: ISU, 77-64, March 15, 2012 at Louisville in NCAA Tournament
Streaks: UConn W2, Iowa State W6
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 17.8 ppg. – Scored 25 points in 25 minutes vs. Villanova
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 11.9 – Has 28 points in two NCAA Tournament games
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 11.2, Jr., 12.6 – Averaging 14.6 points in postseason
00 PHIL NOLAN, C, 6-10, So., 3.6 – Started, but played only 8 minutes a game in tournament
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 8.4 – Shooting 51.9 percent on threes over 36 games
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr, 4.4 – Has 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks in NCAA play
Iowa State (28-7)
42 DANIEL EDOZIE, F, 6-8, Jr., 1.0 ppg. – Made first career start vs. North Carolina on Sunday
22 DUSTIN HOGUE, F, 6-6, Jr., 10.9 – Second in Big 12 with 8.5 rebounds a game
11 MONTE MORRIS, G, 6-2, Fr., 6.6 – Has a 5.0 assists-to-turnover ratio
50 DeANDRE KANE, G, 6-4, Sr., 17.1 – Also averages 6.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists
3 MELVIN EJIM, F, 6-6, Sr.,18.1 – Averages 8.4 rebounds; Big 12 player of the year
15 NAZ LONG, G, 6-4, So., 7.1 – Averaging 23.1 minutes, 9.4 points in five postseason games
What To Watch
Garden party: With its proximity to Connecticut, Madison Square Garden should have a majority of UConn fans in the building, and the Huskies have played two games there this year and numerous games over the careers of the upperclassmen. They will have home-court advantage to some degree.
A Faster pace: Iowa State plays very fast on offense, averaging 62 shots a game, to UConn's 56.2. The Cyclones like to score within 10 seconds of possessions, so the Huskies will have to be prepared to play strong transition defense.
Huge injury: ISU lost one of its leading players, George Niang, to a broken foot last week. His absence could affect the Cyclones' offense and also their ability to match up with Daniels and Brimah in the Huskies' frontcourt.
Matching guards: Napier and Kane are the floor leaders of their teams, but won't necessarily match up one-on-one. Kane will see a lot of team defense and possibly a lot of Lasan Kromah (6-6) guarding him. Napier also takes more than one defensive player to guard him.
Three's rain: Iowa State takes more threes, but is less efficient, shooting 35.8 percent to UConn's 39.2. The Huskies' ability to find Giffey and Daniels open for threes, and their consistency in making them, could be a decisive factor.
Bench marks: The Huskies got major contributions from Terrence Samuel (11 points) and Kromah (12) in their win over Villanova and a lot of important play from Brimah in the postseason.
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