Site: FedEx Forum, Memphis
Time: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960 WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: Memphis, 1-0
Last meeting: Memphis, 81-70, Nov. 26, 2007, at Madison Square Garden
Streaks: UConn W2, Memphis W2
UConn (13-3, 1-2, AAC)
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 16.0 ppg. – Had 32 points, 15 assists in two games last week.
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 12.8 – Shooting 42 percent on three-pointers; shot 33 last season.
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 8.1 – Has 10 blocks, 11 steals.
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 11.2, Jr., 12.8 – Shooting 46.8 percent from the floor.
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr., 3.6 – AAC rookie of the week, 20 points, eight rebounds vs. UCF.
20 LASAN KROMAH, G-F, 6-6, GS, 6.6 – Gets the call to defend top opposition scorer.
Memphis (12-3, 3-1 in AAC)
2 SHAQ GOODWIN, F, 6-9, So., 13.2 ppg. – AAC player of the week.
4 AUSTIN NICHOLS, F, 6-8, Fr., 8.6 – Has 19 blocks, three behind team leader Goodwin.
1 JOE JACKSON, G, 6-1, Sr., 14.7 – Has 58 assists, 30 turnovers, 29 steals.
3 CHRIS CRAWFORD, G, 6-4, Sr. 9.0 – Has taken 80 three-point shots, made 29 (36.3 percent).
55 GERON JOHNSON, G, 6-3, Sr., 8.5 – Is 8-for-38 on threes, 24-for-39 from line.
11 MICHAEL DIXON JR., G, 6-1, Sr., 11.3 – Shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.
What To Watch
Here's the beef: Memphis is a long, fast team, somewhat similar to UConn, but in Goodwin (245 pounds) they have a brawny inside player who could be a tough matchup for the Huskies.
Brimah time, again? After his breakout game vs. UCF, can Brimah establish consistency on offense as well as defense? And can he stay out of foul trouble? UConn looked like a different team when Brimah played so well on Saturday.
Rebound for Omar? Omar Calhoun, one of the top freshmen in the Big East last season, has fallen on hard times as a sophomore, his minutes dwindling with each game. Can he begin to turn it around here?
Case for Kuran: Northwest Catholic-West Hartford's Kuran Iverson, a freshman, has not played at all in the past two games for Memphis. Will he get a chance against his home-state team?
Knights of the rebound table: The Huskies had 50 rebounds, more than in any other game under Kevin Ollie, against UCF, and their plus-16 margin was their best of the season. The Huskies need more of that, and Memphis, by the numbers, is a good rebounding challenge.
Big week: If the Huskies, 27th in RPI, can win Thursday and again vs. Louisville on Saturday, they will certainly make it back into the top 25 and also establish a strong position for a tournament seeding.
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