UConn and Syracuse at Madison Square Garden in the Big East tournament. I’m pretty jaded at times and love to playfully complain about a lot of things, but there aren’t many games I’d rather cover.
Today might turn into a romp for the Orange (though I guess I’d predict probably not) but the participants and the atmosphere have already created a buzz unlike many other games.
— UConn will keep the same starting lineup it’s used for the last four games: Shabazz Napier, Jeremy Lamb, Roscoe Smith, Alex Oriakhi and Andre Drummond.
— A few numbers to chew on before the game:
— UConn has won 13 straight postseason games, seven straight in this event.
— UConn 13-13 in its history in the quarterfinals
— UConn is 5-2 against the No. 1 seed in the Big East tourney.
— The Huskies have won this event seven times; Syracuse five.
— UConn is 2-5 against ranked teams this season.
— Coaches Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim have coached 2,439 games between them, with 1,759 wins. They’ll break their own NCAA record for most of each by two coaches in a game.
— UConn has two freshmen averaging double figures in scoring, with Ryan Boatright at 10.7 ppg and Andre Drummond at 10.1 ppg.
The last time the Huskies had two freshmen finish a season scoring at least 10 points per game each was in the 1993-94 season when Ray Allen (12.6) and Doron Sheffer (11.9) turned the trick.
Before that, the previous instance came when freshmen Corny Thompson (16.9) and Mike McKay (15.9) were the team’s top scorers in 1978-79.