Scouting Report: Connecticut

Here's everything you need to know about Indiana's opponent in the 2K Spots Classic championship game, the UConn Huskies. Indiana (5-0) and Connecticut (5-0) will tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET tonight in Madison Square Garden

No. 18 Connecticut Huskies (5-0)

Last time out: W, 72-70 vs. Boston College on Thursday

Connecticut survived a nail-bitter in its semifinal 2K Classic game. Junior guard Ryan Boatright made a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds to play to give the Huskies a two-point lead before blocking a 3-point attempt at the buzzer by Boston College's Lonnie Jackson.

Junior forward DeAndre Daniels led all scorers with 23 points (8-of-15 shooting) and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Senior guard Shabazz Napier had 20, shooting 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

The Huskies overcame a poor shooting performance (39 percent from the field, 3-of-14 from beyond the arc) by limiting the Eagles to 39 percent shooting from the floor. UConn turned the ball over just three times.

2012-13 season:

Record: 20-10, 10-8 Big East

UConn finished eighth in the former 16-team Big East but was ineligible for postseason play after not meeting the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate requirements.

Head Coach: Kevin Ollie
At UConn (2nd season): 25-10. Career: same

What they do well:

Shoot, spread the wealth

UConn leads the American Athletic Conference in 3-pointers (43), 3-point shooting (47.8 percent), field goal percentage (50.7 percent) and free throw shooting (76.6 percent). The Huskies offense, which averages 81.6 points per game, has been relatively efficient. They turn the ball over just nine times per game.

The Huskies also spread the ball around well. Five players average double-figure scoring, including Niels Griffey, who averages 10.2 points off the bench and is 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) from deep this season.

At the same time, UConn has made it tough for opponents to shoot. The Huskies are second in the conference in field goal percentage defense (35.2 percent) and lead in 3-point field goal percentage defense (28 percent).

Indiana may be able to take advantage of UConn on the glass. UConn grabs just 36.8 rebounds per game and have a rebound margin of +1. The Huskies rank dead last in the conference in offensive rebound percentage (.301) and seventh in defensive rebound percentage (.657).

Star players:

G Shabazz Napier, SR

Napier, a 2013 All-Big East First Team selection, has furthered his reputation as a do-it-all guard with his early-season play. He leads the Huskies in scoring (14.8), rebounds (8.4), assists (6.6) and steals (7 total), and owns a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. His game is predicated on driving and mid-range jumpers, though he's been successful when deciding to shoot deep ball.

Napier is 6-of-10 from 3-point land and is shooting 45 percent from the field. He leads UConn with 24 makes and 29 attempts from the line (82.8 percent).

G Ryan Boatright, JR

If Napier is UConn's Batman, consider Boatright to be his Robin. Boatright has racked up 4.2 assists per game to go along with 12 points per game.

Boatright has seen an increased role in the offense every year, scoring in double figures in 25 of 30 games last season. He has played in 45 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team. Like Napier, he has an all around skill-set. In 55 career games he's averaged 13.1 points, 4.2 assist, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

This season he's shooting 41 percent from the floor and is 7-of-15 from beyond the arc.

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