No. 25 Harvard at No. 9 UConn

It will be interesting to see how Tommy Amaker's Harvard team reacts to playing as a nationally ranked team for the first time in school history. Believe it or not, this is good for the Huskies.

GAME CAPSULE

No. 25 Harvard (8-0) at No. 9 UConn (7-1)

Date: Dec. 8, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs

TV: ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen, Doug Gottlieb, Andy Katz)

Radio: UConn Radio Network/WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

Series: UConn leads, 14-2

Last meeting: UConn 81, Harvard 52 (Dec. 22, 2010)

Kemba Walker scored 20 points and Jeremy Lamb added 11 as the Huskies opened up a 48-21 lead at halftime and then cruised their 10th win of the season. Keith Wright led Harvard with 18 points.

HARVARD PROBABLE STARTERS

G 10 Brandyn Curry Jr. 6-1 195 6.6 ppg

G 11 Oliver McNally Sr. 6-3 180 7.9 ppg

G 15 Christian Webster Jr. 6-5 205 4.5 ppg

F 30 Kyle Casey Jr. 6-7 225 10.9 ppg

F 44 Keith Wright Sr. 6-8 240 12.3 ppg

UCONN PROBABLE STARTERS

G 13 Shabazz Napier So. 6-1 171 16.8 ppg

G 3 Jeremy Lamb So. 6-5 180 20.4 ppg

C 34 Andre Drummond Fr. 6-10 270 7.3 ppg

F 22 DeAndre Daniels Fr. 6-8 195 6.0 ppg

F 34 Alex Oriakhi Jr. 6-9 240 6.9 ppg

NOTABLE

MAKING HIS POINT: Freshman point guard Ryan Boatright, expected to come off the bench again against Harvard, is averaging 18.5 points. He has scored 37 points in his two games since the NCAA restored his eligibility. Forward Roscoe Smith has 34 points in eight games, including two starts.

CASE FOR THE DEFENSE: Harvard is playing some serious defense. Opponents are averaging 54.4 points against the Crimson and shooting 41.7 from the floor. Harvard held Florida State to 41 points.

HOME SWEET STORRS: UConn has not lost a regular season November or December game in Storrs since Dec. 5, 1973. That's 101 straight without a loss.

QUOTE: UConn coach Jim Calhoun says Harvard most reminds of him of Butler, the team the Huskies defeated in the 2011 national championship game: "They can play fast, maybe a little faster than Butler. They can play slow. They're very good in the last five minutes of every game. . . . They take good shots. We're playing a team good enough to beat us. We've got to play well."


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