Site: Gampel Pavilion
Day/Time: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Series: UConn, 1-0
Last meeting: UConn, 88-79, Dec. 20, 2015 at the XL Center.
TV: SNY (Gary Apple, Tim Welsh, Maria Marino)
Radio: UConn IMG Radio Network (Mike Crispino, Wayne Norman); 97.9 ESPN Hartford, WINE 940 AM, WGCH 1490 AM, WICC 600 AM, WAVZ 1300 AM, WXLM 980 AM, WATR 1320 AM, WILI 1400 AM, 95.3 FM.
Obadiah Noel, G, 6-4, jr.; Josh Gantz, F, 6-7, sr.; Christian Lutete, G, 6-5, jr.; Ryan Jones, G, 6-3, sr.; Darius Henderson, F, 6-9, fr.; Alex Rivera, G, 6-1, fr.
Alterique Gilbert, G, 6-0, so.; Jalen Adams, G, 6-3, sr.; Christian Vital, G, 6-2, jr.; Tyler Polley, F, 6-8, so.; Josh Carlton, C, 6-9, so.; Tarin Smith, G, 6-3, gs.
UConn’s offense: The Huskies have shot 48 percent or better in each of their five wins, and average 49.4 percent for the season. The guards continue to carry the offensive show, but wing Tyler Polley is “trending up,” says coach Dan Hurley, and Alterique Gilbert emerged from a mini-slump in the second half vs. New Hampshire.
UConn defense: All about pressure and turnovers, but the Huskies haven’t forced a lot of turnovers recently. They’ve nevertheless been disruptive and given opponents, especially the mid-majors, very few comfortable possessions.
UMass Lowell offense: Rivera, the hometown freshman from Lowell, was the America East rookie of the week. He’s a 3-point threat, shooting 46.2 percent. Noel leads the team, scoring 15.8 points per game. UMass Lowell is shooting 47.7 from the field as a team. Duquesne was able to speed the River Hawks up and prompt mistakes last game.
UMass Lowell defense: They have out-rebounded opponents 213-195 on the defensive boards. Gantz is a shot-blocker, with eight of the team’s 23. Opponents have shot 45.7 percent, but only 32.2 percent on 3s.
Key for UConn: The Huskies had it all together against New Hampshire, so for them, it’s just staying consistent with the effort.
Player to watch: Sid Wilson’s return, after sitting out last season as a transfer and the first month of this season serving a suspension for a violation of university policy, will be the storyline. A highly regarded wing prospect, UConn fans have been eager to see him.
About UMass Lowell’s coach: Pat Duquette, 48, a native of Dalton, Mass., was an assistant coach for 20 years, most of it at Boston College and Northeastern. He took over UMass Lowell in 2013, the year the program went Division I, and has a record of 60-95.
UMass Lowell’s mascot: River Hawks, as played by Rowdy the River Hawk.
Famous alums: Craig MacTavish, longtime pro hockey player and coach, known as the last to play in the NHL without wearing a helmet.
Quote: “It doesn’t get easier. We’re on the road playing UConn, a good opponent that’s playing very well this year. But that’s fine. We know what we signed up for. All we’re looking for is improvement, execution. We know there are some plays that are beyond our control. We’ve got to focus on the ones within our control and do a good job in those areas.” – UMass Lowell coach Pat Duquette, following the loss to Duquesne last game