Fairfield at No. 8 UConn

One more game and then Christmas break. That's the thought coaches don't want their players dwelling on. But it's true. UConn players will travel home after the Fairfield game and return to practice on Christmas night. Next week Big East play begins at South Florida on Dec. 28.


Fairfield (7-4) at No. 8 UConn (9-1)

Date: Dec. 22, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: XL Center, Hartford, Conn.

TV: SNY (Eamon McAnaney, Kara Lawson)

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

Series: UConn leads, 28-5

Last meeting: UConn 75, Fairfield 55 (Dec. 26, 2008)

Jeff Adrien led UConn with 21 points and 14 rebounds and Hasheem Thabeet contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds in a game played in Hartford. Ryan Olander played eight minutes for Fairfield and scored two points. Fairfield's last win in the series came Dec. 11, 1984 at the New Haven Coliseum. The series began in 1969.


G 3 Derek Needham Jr. 5-11 180 11.3 ppg

G 11 Desmond Wade Jr. 5-8 150 3.3 ppg

C 34 Ryan Olander Sr. 7-0 220 11.9 ppg

F 21 Rakim Sanders Sr. 6-5 228 16.3 ppg

F 15 Mauric Barrow So. 6-5 210 8.9 ppg


G 13 Shabazz Napier So. 6-1 171 14.6 ppg

G 3 Jeremy Lamb So. 6-5 180 19.0 ppg

C 34 Andre Drummond Fr. 6-10 270 9.4 ppg

F 22 DeAndre Daniels Fr. 6-8 195 5.5 ppg

F 34 Alex Oriakhi Jr. 6-9 240 7.5 ppg


NAPIER READY TO ASSIST: UConn point guard Shabazz Napier turned an ankle late in practice Tuesday but was fine on Wednesday, coach Jim Calhoun said. Napier handed out 13 assists Sunday against Holy Cross and is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in assists. Earlier this week he was named a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation's top point guard.

OLANDER BOWL: That's what it is being called. The brothers Olander, Ryan and Tyler from Mansfield, face off against each other in this game. "I've kidded [Tyler] a little bit, but beyond that there's no need to say anything. Will he feel a little bit of pressure? Probably. It's his older brother, so there's probably always that feeling." Tyler has improved in several ways since last season but Calhoun thinks more is possible. "When he finally wakes up one morning and realizes how good he is . . . he is strong and smart and has a great feel for the game. He can be a major-league player. He needs to feel as good about Tyler as I do."

SANDERS LEADING STAGS: Rakim Sanders leads the Stags in scoring. He is a Pawtucket, R.I., native and played three seasons at Boston College before transferring and sitting last season out. He has three double-doubles in the last four games.

STAT OF THE GAME: Calhoun is 117-4 against non-league New England opponents at UConn.

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