Next: Central Connecticut State

The Huskies are back in action Wednesday night against an in-state program, Central Connecticut State of the Northeast Conference at the Hartford Civic Center. Here's a look at these 2-4 Blue Devils.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT PROBABLE STARTERS


				        Pts. Reb. Other       
F 5 Obie Nwadike (So., 6-4, 224) 	12.7 7.2  23 off. reb.
G 11 DeMario Anderson (So., 6-2, 205)   13.0 3.3  .500 FG%
G 20 Tristan Blackwood (Fr., 6-0, 170)   6.2 1.3  29 a/14 to
F 24 Rich Pittman (Sr., 6-6, 220)       10.8 7.3  23 off. reb.
G 44 Javier Mojica (So., 6-3, 180)       8.7 5.5 .867 FT%

Others seeing significant time: Junior guards Justin Chiera (8.2 ppg) and Lenny Jefferson (3.8 ppg) and freshman forward Jason Hickenbottom (3.2 ppg).

The Series The Blue Devils play the third of five straight road games tonight in Hartford, CT, vs. defending national champion Connecticut. Connecticut leads the all-time series 11-0.

Wednesday marks just the second meeting between CCSU head coach Howie Dickenman and Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun since Dickenman left Calhoun's staff to take over CCSU nine years ago. The only other meeting between the two coaches came during the 2002-03 season, a 93-65 UConn win also at the Civic Center. The Blue Devils and Huskies have one common opponent at this point in the season. The Blue Devils lost to Florida International at home while the Huskies defeated the Golden Panthers, also at home.

So Far

Central Connecticut's two wins were over the Patriot League's Colgate (87-70) in the season opener at the Mohegon Sun Classic and over struggling, scandal plaqued La Salle of the Atlantic 10 in the Blue Devils last game on Dec. 8th, 60-48. The other losses were to Samford, Niagara and St. Francis (PA)

Last Game

The Central Connecticut men's basketball team improved to 2-4 overall on the season with a convincing 60-48 victory over LaSalle University in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. With the win, the Blue Devils have posted a win over an Atlantic-10 team in each of the last three seasons.

Odie Nwadke led CCSU with 17 points and tied DeMario Anderson with game-high six rebounds. Anderson added 14 points. Rich Pittman put in 10 points and Tristan Blackman had a game-best five assists. The defense shut down A-10 first team selection, forward Steven Smith to four points and two rebounds.

Chiera From Three

Junior Justin Chiera continues to climb up the career three-point baskets made list, he is currently third all-time with 140 career three-point baskets (95 behind second place, 98 behind first). In 59 career games, Chiera has hit a three-pointer in all but seven, two in his freshman season, four times as a sophomore and this season at Niagara. Chiera has hit two or more threes 41 times in his career and is averaging 2.4 threes per game in his career.

Nwadike Scoring

Sophomore Obie Nwadike has hit 17-of-24 shots from the floor in the last three games, including 15-of-21 in the last two. In the last two games Nwadike has averaged 20 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and led the team in scoring in both games. Nwadike is shooting 56 percent from the floor this season and 58 percent for his career.

Nwadike has hit 22-of-32 free throw attempts this season, good for 68.8 percent from the line, including a perfect 5-for-5 in the win over LaSalle two weeks ago. Last season Nwadike hit just 44 percent from the line (39-of-88).

Starting Lineups

The Blue Devils have started three different starting lineups this season, but three players have remained the same in those lineups. Freshman Tristan Blackwood and sophomores Obie Nwadike and DeMario Anderson have started all five games this season for the Blue Devils.

Rebounding Under Dickenman

The Blue Devils have outrebounded their opponents in six straight seasons under head coach Howie Dickenman. The only two seasons the Blue Devils have been outrebounded under Dickenman were his first two seasons in 1996-97 and 1997-98. This season, the Blue Devils are outrebounding opponents 34.2 to 31.5 through the first six games.

Free-Throws

The Bue Devils are shooting 73.1 percent (76-104) from the free-throw line this season after six games. Last season, after six games, the team was shooting 53.8 percent (64-119) from the line.

Shooting by Half

Here is a breakdown of the Blue Devils shooting this season:


          First Half Second Half/OT
Total FG  88-165     58-176
Total %   .533       .330
3-pt. FG  18-47      14-55
3-pt. %   .383       .255
2-pt. FG  70-118     44-121
2-pt. %   .593       .364

Versus the Big East

Under Dickenman, the Blue Devils have a 1-6 record vs. Big East teams (0-1 vs. UConn). The lone win vs. a Big East team for the Blue Devils came vs. Providence, 54-50, in 1999-2000. The Blue Devils have posted losses to Seton Hall, Pitt, Providence (2), UConn and Boston College.

70 or More Under Dickenman

The Blue Devils have won 36 of the last 40 games in which they have scored 70 or more points, dating back to the 00-01 season. The lone losses during that time came last season vs. Niagara, FDU and Quinnipiac and this season vs. St. Francis (PA). In Dickenman's first two seasons the Blue Devils were 2-15 in games where they scored 70 or more points in a game, since then, in the past seven seasons, Central is 74-19 in games when they score more than 70.

Six Straight of .500 or Better

Last season the Blue Devils finished the year with a 14-14 record making it the sixth consecutive season at .500 or better, the first time in the DI era that has happened.


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