Rutgers challenges No. 19 Connecticut

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 3/07 9:55 am

Storrs, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - In the Top-25 yet again, the 19th-ranked Connecticut Huskies will play their final home game of the season against American Athletic Conference rival Rutgers on Wednesday night.

UConn's absence from the national rankings lasted only a week, as the Huskies climbed back in following consecutive wins over South Florida (61-56) and Cincinnati (51-45). They are now an impressive 23-6 overall, including an 11-5 mark in league play, which is tied with Memphis for the fourth-best mark in the conference. They have a major test to wrap up the season this Saturday when they visit Louisville.

Kadeem Jack nailed a jumper in the paint with 11 seconds remaining and USF's Victor Rudd missed two free-throws at the other end to allow Rutgers to escape with a 74-73 win over the Bulls last Saturday. The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Scarlet Knights, who are just 11-18 overall and 5-11 against the rest of the conference. They will host Cincinnati in their season finale.

When the Huskies visited Rutgers at the RAC earlier this season they came away with an 82-71 victory. It was the second straight and 20th victory in the last 22 meetings for UConn against the Scarlet Knights. The Huskies lead the all-time series as well (35-14).

Jack and J.J. Moore each finished with 20 points to lead the way for Rutgers against USF. The Scarlet Knights trailed, 42-32, at halftime and by as many as 15 points in the second half, but they netted 15-of-17 free throws in the period, while turning the ball over only four times in the game.

As its record might indicate, Rutgers has not been an overly effective offensive team this season. The Scarlet Knights are scoring the fifth-most points per game (72.9) in the conference, while shooting the eighth-best percentage from the field (.432). Jack (14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg) is one of three double-digit scorers, with Myles Mack (15.3 ppg, 4.2 apg) and Moore (10.9 ppg) being the others. Mack struggled with another off night from the field against USF, netting just 3-of-10 shots to finish with eight points.

In a brutal fight with Cincinnati, UConn made more plays down the stretch to finish off the Bearcats. The Huskies limited their opponents to only 27.1 percent shooting, while forcing twice as many turnovers (20) as they committed (10). Shabazz Napier scored 18 points and collected 11 rebounds to power the winning side.

Putting the clamps on opposing teams has been one of the strongest aspects of UConn's game this season. The Huskies are limiting foes to just 62.8 ppg, while ranking 10th in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (.387). Napier (1.7 8ppg, 6 rpg, 5.3 apg) has been one of the best guards not only in the AAC, but the country this season. He leads the team and ranks second in the conference in both scoring and assists, while also topping the Huskies in rebounding. Napier is part of perhaps the most effective backcourt in the country, with Ryan Boatright (12.4 ppg, 3.5 apg) serving as a second option in scoring and ball-handling and Niels Giffey (8 ppg, .500 3P percentage) a lethal shooter from the perimeter. DeAndre Daniels (!2.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg) anchors the unit in the paint.

Share
Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.