Location: Madison Square Garden, New York.
Tip-off time: 7 p.m. (ESPNU).
Records: UConn 15-5, 5-3; St. John's 14-8, 6-4.
Last game: UConn beat South Florida, 69-64 (OT) Sunday; St. John's lost at Georgetown, 58-56, Saturday.
Probable starters: UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (17.2 pts. 4.4 rebs, 4.1 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (16.2 pts, 4.6 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (10.7 pts, 3.3 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.8 pts, 4.8 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.7 pts, 3.9 rebs).
St. John's, 6-2 so. guard Phil Greene IV (8.8 pts), 6-3 so. guard D'Angelo Harrison (18.9 pts, 4.5 rebs), 6-5 so. forward Sir'Dominic Porter (6.8 pts, 4.7 rebs), 6-8 fr. forward JaKarr Sampson (14.4 pts, 6.6 rebs), 6-9 fr. center Chris Obekpa (3.8 pts, 5.7 rebs, 4.5 blks).
Noteworthy: UConn aiming to equal season-best four-game winning streak. ... Second trip to MSG, losing to North Carolina State, 69-65, on Dec. 4. ... Red Storm's loss to Georgetown snapped a five-game winning streak. ... Harrison second in BE in scoring. ... Obekpa leads nation with 99 blocks. ... Series: St. John's leads, 34-28, winning two of the last three. UConn 11-12 vs. St. John's at MSG. ... Sampson leads BE frosh in scoring and rebounding. ... Hot: Napier averaged 21 pts, 5 rebs, 3.5 assists and 2 steals in last two games. Cold: UConn foes shooting 34.3 percent in last two games. ... Injury update: St. John's starting guard Jamal Branch (knee) doubtful. ... Up next: UConn visits Seton Hall in Newark, N.J., Sunday.
- Gavin Keefe
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