Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960, WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: Louisville, 8-6
Last meeting: Louisville, 76-64, Jan. 18, 2013 at Gampel
Streaks: Louisville W2, UConn W3
UConn (24-6, 12-5, AAC)
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 18.1 ppg. – Career high 7 three-pointers last game vs. Rutgers
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 12.4 – His defense on Russ Smith figures to be a key
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 7.9 – Career-high 16 points vs. Rutgers
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 11.2, Jr., 13.3 – Had 7 points, 6 rebounds in 21 minutes vs. Rutgers
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr., 3.7 – Rick Pitino said "he's going to be a great one."
20 LASAN KROMAH, G-F, 6-6, GS, 6.9 – Went 1-for-7 vs. Rutgers, 13-for-42 past seven games
Louisville (25-5, 14-3)
11 LUKE HANCOCK, F, 6-6, SR., 2.6 ppg. – Has taken 151 three-point shots, hit 51 (33.8 percent)
24 MONTREZL HARRELL, F, 6-8, So., 13.8 – Had 18 points, 13 rebounds at UConn Jan. 18
44 STEPHAN VAN TREESE, F, 6-9, Sr., 2.8 – Has been playing much more lately, 3 steals vs. SMU
3 CHRIS JONES, G, 5-10, Jr. 10.3 – Missed UConn game Jan. 18; has 79 assists, 39 turnovers
2 RUSS SMITH, G, 6-0, Sr., 18.0 – Needs 24 points to reach 1,800 in his career
20 WAYNE BLACKSHEAR, G/F, 6-5, Jr., 8.6 – Shooting 50 percent from floor, 50 on threes in AAC
What To Watch
The stakes: UConn can still finish as high as a tie for second in the AAC with a win and would benefit from staying out of a 4-vs. 5 first round match with host Memphis in the league tournament.
Boat Show rerun: Boatright is shooting just 31 percent, 43-for-139, since mid-January and last game, he and Napier did not seem to be on the same page, arguing at times. Boatright spent 20 minutes on the bench. To beat Louisville, the Huskies need Boatright to be himself, especially on defense where he played Smith effectively on Jan. 18.
Daniels' return: Daniels, too, has been slumping. He had his worst game of the year, foul trouble and 1-for-9 against Louisville on Jan. 18. The Huskies need him to be more involved this time, or else be hurt badly again by Harrell.
Seniors spotlight: After saying good bye to its seniors Wednesday, UConn struggled to beat Rutgers. Now Louisville will be bidding an emotional goodbye to an exceptional senior class, including Smith, Hancock, Van Treese and Tim Henderson. Will it take the Cardinals time to settle down?
Classic matchup: Once again, two of the top players in the country, Smith and Napier, go at it. If both are at their best, it will be fun.
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