5 Things to Know About: UConn

First-year head coach leads the Huskies against the Orange in one of the longest-standing rivalries in college basketball. See what Syracuse has to expect inside.

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team is coming off of a 2-0 home stint in the Carrier Dome.

Their previous road trip ended with two losses in two tries.

Syracuse now heads to Connecticut for their first match-up of the season with the UConn Huskies.

Playing host this season, the Huskies own a 10-1 record.

All three losses for the Orange have come away from home, with an overall road record of 5-3.

Here is what you need to know about UConn heading into the game:

1. Their top scorer: Junior guard Shabazz Napier

Napier has achieved a 17.2 points per game performance so far this season.

He has scored in double-digits in 19 of UConn's 22 games, including the last five, where he had 18 or more points in all but one match.

Napier's points have come at the most opportune times as well. In four games that have gone into extra time this season, UConn has won three of them, and Napier had much to do with the Huskies being the ones to grab those W's. Napier scored the six points in the second overtime that separated UConn from the Quinnipiac Bobcats. He had eight points in the extra period against the Providence Friars, where the Huskies won by three. Then, versus the South Florida Bulls, Napier recorded 11 points in extra time to aid UConn to a five-point win.

2. Committee of scorers:

Along with Napier, three other UConn players average double-figures in scoring this season: sophomore guard Ryan Boatwright, freshman Omar Calhoun, and sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels.

Boatwright has attained 15.8 points per game this season, recording double-digits in 15 of the Huskies' last 16 games.

Calhoun and Daniels follow with 11.1 and 10.7, respectively, but have been more inconsistent in scoring double-digits game-by-game.

All four players have taken more than 180 attempts from the field, with each making at least 42% of their tries, with three by 45%.

3. Depth:

UConn has put seven players on the court in all 22 of their games, but are typically an eight-deep squad.

Senior guard R.J. Evans, who transferred from the Holy Cross Crusaders, since going out with an injury that affected the collarbone area, has played in the Huskies' last 12 games, in for more than 10 minutes in eight of those matches, including the previous two leading into this game versus Syracuse.

Including Evans, five of the eight players utilized on the court are regarded as guards. They account for 51.9 of the 71 points scored by the Huskies on average.

4. On the boards:

Of the eight players typically seen on the floor, seven of them grab at least three rebounds per game, sharing the duties amongst the entire squad instead of one or two players putting their focus in on the glass.

Daniels leads the team with just shy of five rebounds per match, follow close by Napier, who averages 4.3.

But, 4.3 also holds significance for UConn in a negative sense. That is the number of rebounds that their opponents grab over them on average this season.

An advantage for the Huskies, however, has been suspended by the school as a result of charges consisting of 3rd-degree burglary, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct. Their 7'1" junior center Enosch Wolf will not be on the court to face the Orange.

5. Gaining new possessions:

UConn currently averages a little over eight steals per game and allow at least two less than they achieve.

Napier and Boatwright lead the charge with approximately two apiece per game.

Getting after the ball and keeping the advantage that they have on average is key against Syracuse, who are stealing just under 10 possessions from their opponents per game.

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