Temple vs. UConn
Site: XL Center
Time: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400. WELI-AM 960 WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: UConn, 4-3. Last meeting: UConn 81, Temple 70, Jan. 27, 1965 at UConn Fieldhouse
Streaks: Temple L6. UConn L1
Temple (5-11, 0-5 in AAC)
2. WILL CUMMINGS, G, 6-2, Jr., 16.1 ppg – Returning from injury after missing two games.
3 ANTHONY LEE, F, 6-9, Jr., 14.3 – Averages 9.9 rebounds, has eight double-doubles
23 DEVONTAE WATSON, C, 6-10, So., 1.6 – Has 22 blocks, four in game vs. Rutgers
25 QUENTON DeCOSEY, G, 6-5, So. 16.4 – Has scored in double figures in all 16 games
32 DALTON PEPPER, G, 6-5, Sr., 17.3 – Scored 24 points in loss to Memphis
10 MARK WILLIAMS, F, 6-8, Fr., 3.9 – Has six starts, scored 11 vs. Kent State
UCONN (14-4, 2-3, AAC)
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 16.8 ppg. – Career high 30 points vs. Louisville
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 12.3 – In Chicago for family funeral, might not make it back for game
20 LASAN KROMAH, G-F, 6-6, Gs., 6.9 – Shooting 41.4 percent on three-pointers
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 6-9, Jr., 12.8 – Went 1-for-9 from floor in 23 minutes vs. Louisville
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr., 3.7 – Averaging 14.7 minutes; has 50 blocked shots
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 7.8 – Has 10 assists, 19 turnovers, 12 steals and 10 blocks
WHAT TO WATCH
Bounce back: UConn comes off a tough loss to Louisville. Under Kevin Ollie, the Huskies have shown the ability to bounce back from tough losses, they must do so again.
Filling in: If Boatright does not play, UConn will need more ball-handling from Kromah, and more minutes from freshman Terrence Samuel, who has played very little, and sophomore Omar Calhoun, who has not played much lately.
Crowd source: The Huskies played before a sold-out Gampel on Saturday, and it was as loud as it has ever been. This game, at XL on what is expected to be a snowy night, could be the other end of the spectrum. So UConn might have to generate its own electricity.
Physicality: UConn was pushed around by Louisville. Ollie calls for more "physicality" from his team, by which he means quicker cuts, more aggressive ball-handling and attacking of the rim, as opposed to pushing and shoving.
Daniels' Consistency: After several solid games, DeAndre Daniels disappeared vs. Louisville. UConn needs him to to attack the open middle against the zone, and Temple figures to play zone, based on Louisville's success.
Will's return: Temple is shooting 44.8 percent from the floor. If the Owls get point guard Will Cummings, who averages 4.1 assists a game, their ball movement – and shot selection – will be even better. So UConn's defense will be tested.
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