Site: Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J.
Time: Saturday, 7 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Adam Amin, Brooke Weisbrod)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960, WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: UConn, 35-14.
Last meeting: UConn, 66-54, Jan. 27, 2013 at XL Center
Streaks: Temple L2. UConn W1
UConn (15-4, 3-3, AAC)
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 17.4 ppg. – Scored 74 points in past three games
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 12.3 – Back after missing a game because of family funeral
20 LASAN KROMAH, G-F, 6-6, GS, 6.9 – Shooting 40 percent on three-pointers
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 11.2, Jr., 13.7 – Career highs 31 points, 12 rebounds vs Temple
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr., 3.7 – Shooting 70 percent from floor, 63.6 from the line
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 8.0 – Scored 11 points vs. Temple.
Rutgers (8-11, 2.4)
4 MYLES MACK, G, 5-9, Jr., 16.5 ppg – Top free throw shooter in AAC (87.1 percent)
44 J.J. MOORE, G/F, 6-6, Sr., 11.5 – Scored 15 in loss at SMU
10 JUNIOR ETOU, F, 6-7, Fr., 5.4 – Scored career high 14 in win over UCF
11 KADEEM JACK, F, 6-9, Jr. 13.0 – Averaging 6.7 rebounds, 10th in AAC
33 WALLY JUDGE, F, 6-9, Sr., 8.3 – Averaging 6.8 rebounds, 53.4 percent from floor, both 7th in AAC
1 JEROME SEAGEARS, G, 6-1, Jr., 8.9 – Has 2.6 assists-to-turnover ratio; scored 21 vs. UConn in '13
What To Watch
Tough venue: The Rutgers Athletic Center, has that reputation and the Huskies were upset there two years ago. The experienced Huskies are well-equipped to handle such places, as they did at Memphis on Jan. 16.
Stable Knights: Coach Eddie Jordan, in his first year, is a Rutgers guy who has brought stability to the program after the messy fallout of Mike Rice's firing a year ago. If they are short on talent at the moment, Rutgers is at least playing without those distractions.
He's back: Boatright, who had played 63 games in a row, missed the Temple game because of a family funeral. He will be back and UConn's offensive options will be back to full complement.
Rebounding: The Huskies had a setback vs. Louisville, but have otherwise been impressive on this front the past five games. Rutgers has some size and will be a test. The Huskies need to continue progressing in this stat column to be a serious March player.
Daniels' Consistency, Part 2: Daniels bounced back with a career game vs. Temple. Which DD will show up at Rutgers? The Huskies need Daniels to be at his best, especially against teams that play the zone.
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