North Carolina (5-9, 1-4) at Connecticut (11-3, 5-0)
Gampel Pavilion, Storrs (Conn.)
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UNC Injury News:
Jason Capel will not play Saturday when the Tar Heels' men's basketball team plays at the University of Connecticut. Capel suffered the concussion three days ago when he collided with a teammate in practice while diving for a loose ball.
Capel leads the Tar Heels in 14 statistical categories, including minutes played, field goals, field goal attempts, free throws, free throw attempts, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, steals, points and scoring average.
UConn Season to Date: The Huskies, coming off a disappointing season a year ago, enter Saturday's game with an 11-3 record. Except for a flat performance against St. Bonaventure on Dec. 28, the team's only losses have been against Top 10 teams, falling to Maryland in DC and a two-point defeat at the hands of one of the nation's hottest teams, Oklahoma. UConn is off to a 5-0 start in conference, including a win over previously undefeated Miami, and are on the verge of entering the Top 25. (2001-2002 Schedule w/Results)
Sophomore Caron Butler is the main weapon of the Huskies offense. The star forward can score from any point on the court and is a likely lottery pick in the spring. Tony Roberton finally broke into the starting lineup this year and has lit up the nets from beyond the arc thus far, while point man Talik Brown has kept the turnovers down and matured in his ability to run the offense. The biggest surprise of the year for head coach Jim Calhoun's squad has been the play of freshman Emeka Okafor, who is a force in the paint. Okafor may have an axe to grind with the Heels, as the UNC staff chose to stop recruiting him last year.
Probable Starting Lineup:
Taliek Brown (6-1, So., G) 8.5 pts, 5.0 ast
Tony Robertson (6-2, Jr., G) 13.4 pts, 48% 3pt
Caron Butler (6-7, So., F) 19.1 pts, 6.5 reb
Johnnie Selvie (6-7, Sr., F) 11.8 pts, 5.9 reb
Emeka Okafor (6-9, Fr., F/C) 8.0 pts, 8.7 reb, 3.6 blk
Ben Gordon (6-2, Fr., G) 11.4 pts, 39% 3pt
Scott Hazelton (6-8, R-Fr., F) 3.6 pts, 2.5 reb, 1.7 blk
Justin Brown (7-0, Jr., C) 1.8 pts, 2.3 reb
Head coach Jim Calhoun
(AP photos by Bob Child)
Matchup History: UNC and UConn have met only twice, with the Tar Heels winning both contests. The teams played in the 1998 NCAA East Regional Final, with the Heels prevailing 75-64, led by Antawn Jamison's 20 points ... The first meeting was back on Dec. 6, 1990 at the Smith Center. Rick Fox scored 18 points in the Carolina win, 79-64.
Background Location: Storrs, Conn. Enrollment: 22,200 Conference: Big East Nickname: Huskies Colors: Blue and White Head Coach: Jim Calhoun Record at UConn: 349-142 Career Record: 599-279