Location: XL Center, Hartford
Tip-off time: 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Records: Washington 8-4, UConn 9-2
Last game: Washington beat Northern Illinois, 67-57, Saturday; UConn defeated Fordham, 88-73, Dec. 21
Probable starters: UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (16.8 pts, 3.7 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (16.1 pts, 4.7 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (10.9 pts, 3.6 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.1 pts, 4.3 rebs), 7-1 jr. center Enosch Wolf (3.5 pts, 2.7 rebs)
Washington, 6-3 sr. guard Abdul Gaddy (13.3 pts, 3.8 assists), 6-5 jr. guard C.J. Wilcox (19.6 pts, 4.5 rebs), 6-6 sr. guard Scott Suggs (13.6 pts), 6-7 so. forward Desmond Simmons (6.3 pts, 8.2 rebs), 7-0 sr. center Aziz N'Diaye (11.8 pts, 9.7 rebs)
Noteworthy, Tune-up for Big East opener at Marquette Tuesday and final non-conference game. … UW Huskies won four in a row. … Washington is 11-20 all-time vs. Big East schools, beating Seton Hall (84-73 OT) on Nov. 17 at Mohegan Sun. … Player to watch: Wilcox scored 20 or more points in seven of last eight games, averaging 21.6 pts during that span. … Top reserve: guard Andrew Andrews (6.7 pts). … Gaddy, Suggs and Wilcox shoot a combined 41 percent from 3-pt range. … Series history: UConn leads, 3-0, winning last meeting 98-92 (OT) in 1996 NCAA Sweet 16. … Hot: Boatright shooting 68 percent (24-for-35) in last three games. Cold: Wolf has just four points and five rebounds since becoming a starter three games ago. … UConn with 42 assists and 20 turnovers in last two games. … Washington picked to finish fifth in Pac-12. … Reserve Shawn Kemp Jr. is son of Shawn Kemp, the former six-time NBA all-star.
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