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Game 18: @ #3 UConn

UConn.gif#20 Villanova (14-3, 2-2) hits the road to the XL Center in Hartford to take on #3 ranked UConn. The Huskies (16-1, 3-1) feature a number of effective scoring options as the team has 5 players who average double-digits. Jeff Adrien is averaging 14.5, big man Hasheem Thabeet is averaging a double-double with 13.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. Guards Jerome Dyson, AJ Price and Kemba Walker are also in the double digit club for scoring.

Jim Calhoun's squad is unselfish with the ball; in their game with Seton Hall, they had 20 assists on their 31 baskets- and all but two players had recorded an assist.

UConn varies its rotation based on matchups, which can mean playing time fluctuation for certain guys based on the opposition. Stanley Robinson’s minutes dance around the most, and the emergence of freshman guard Kemba Walker gives Jim Calhoun an incentive to use the smaller lineup more often.

Usual starters are forwards Jeff Adrien and Stanley Robinson, center Hasheem Thabeet with guards A.J. Price and Jerome Dyson.

Quick Notes

  • 'Nova leads the historical series 27-23 including 3 of the last 4
  • Jay Wright is 4-8 against Connecticut
  • The Wildcats are 7-8 at the Hartford Civic Center/CL Center

Tipoff is set for 7p ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. Come back then as we've ironed out our Live Blogging capabilities.