No. 8 UConn at Seton Hall

Associate head coach George Blaney has led the Huskies to two victories during Jim Calhoun's NCAA-imposed suspension. One more to go, this time against a vastly improved Seton Hall team, before Calhoun returns Saturday at Rutgers.


No. 8 UConn (12-1, 2-0) at Seton Hall (12-2, 1-1)

Date: Jan. 3, 2012

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.

TV: SNY (Mike Gleason, Bob Wenzel)

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

Series: UConn leads 42-18

Last meeting: UConn 61, Seton Hall 59 (Feb. 2, 2011)

UConn overcame a 37-32 halftime deficit to win. Kemba Walker had 19 points for UConn as the Huskies improved their record at the "The Rock" to 3-0. The Huskies have won 11 straight, 18 of 19 and 25 of the last 27 against Seton Hall.


G 1 Jordan Theodore Sr. 6-0 164 15.8 ppg

G 4 Aaron Cosby Fr. 6-2 190 7.8 ppg

F 23 Fuquan Edwin So. 6-6 205 13.6 ppg

F 33 Patrik Auda So. 6-9 225 8.6 ppg

F 15 Herb Pope Sr. 6-8 236 18.6 ppg


G 13 Shabazz Napier So. 6-1 171 14.7 ppg

G 3 Jeremy Lamb So. 6-5 180 18.9 ppg

C 34 Andre Drummond Fr. 6-10 270 10.0 ppg

F 22 DeAndre Daniels Fr. 6-8 195 5.2 ppg

F 34 Alex Oriakhi Jr. 6-9 240 7.0 ppg


WHO GETS THE WINS?: Contrary to reports by at least one media outlet, there has been no official decision regarding the games played during Jim Calhoun's three-game coaching suspension. It isn't known whether the games will count on Calhoun's record or George Blaney's. UConn is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA and has been told that Tuesday is the earliest that information could be provided. The games Calhoun has missed due to illness or other reasons have gone on his record. This might be handled differently since it is an NCAA-imposed penalty due to recruiting violations. A UConn official said the most likely scenario is that UConn will be told to use its own discretion. In that case, the results will go on Calhoun's record.

BY THE NUMBERS: UConn now is 21-9 in games that Calhoun has either missed entirely or left the bench early. The record is 11-9 in games that Calhoun has missed completely. Blaney is 9-8 in those games. Blaney recorded 459 victories in 30 seasons as a head coach prior to coming to UConn.

JERSEY GETAWAY: This is a different kind of road trip for the Huskies, who practiced at Gampel Pavilion Monday morning and then made the bus ride to New Jersey. With a game at Rutgers Saturday and still between semesters at UConn, the Huskies will not return until after the game Saturday night. The team will stay near the Newark airport Tuesday night. Calhoun, who has not been with the team since Christmas night, will rejoin the Huskies Wednesday. Several UConn players will participate in an academic project in New York City as part of inter-session class work.

INJURY REPORT: Blaney had nothing but good news Monday after Shabazz Napier (sore left foot), Roscoe Smith (strained left wrist) and Michael Bradley (fractured ankle) all took part in the entire practice. Bradley, who was injured in October, is getting "close" to game action according to Blaney, but that doesn't seem likely this week. Smith, who only played four minutes against St. John's, is still experiencing soreness and had his wrist taped but might get more minutes at Seton Hall. Napier received treatment for about 30 minutes after practice. "It nags me here and there," Napier said. "But once the [game] adrenaline kicks in, you don't feel it."

CHARITY WORK: Freshman Andre Drummond continues to work on his free throw shooting. Drummond has really struggled from the line, hitting 14 of 39 attempts. That's 35.9 percent. After practice he shot one-handed with the tutelage of assistant coach Glen Miller. He also stepped back to the three-point line to shoot the same way. "It helps me get muscle memory and not have to rely on my left hand," Drummond said. "That's really my problem, I had my left hand on the ball way too much."

MOVING UP: UConn moved up to No. 8 in both major polls Monday. Syracuse remains No. 1. . . . Jeremy Lamb was named to the Big East Honor Roll for averaging 19 points in victories over South Florida and St. John's. Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati was Big East Player of the Week. Eli Carter of Rutgers was Rookie of the Week.

STAT OF THE GAME: UConn is 2-0 in the Big East for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The Huskies went on to 3-0 and eventually won the Big East tournament and the NCAA championship with a 33-6 record.

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