Location: XL Center, Hartford
Tip-off time: 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Records: Louisville 15-1, 3-0; UConn 12-3, 2-1
Last game: Louisville beat South Florida, 64-38, Saturday; UConn won at No. 17 Notre Dame, 65-58, Saturday.
Probable starters: UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (17.5 pts, 4.5 rebs), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (16.1 pts, 4.5 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (10.1 pts, 3.1 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (11.0 pts, 4.7 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (5.3 pts, 4.1 rebs)
Louisville, 6-0 sr. guard Peyton Siva (11.9 pts), 6-1 jr. guard Russ Smith (18.7 pts, 3.6 rebs), 6-5 so. forward Wayne Blackshear (8.9 pts, 4.0 rebs), 6-6 so. forward Chane Behanan (11.1 pts, 7.4 rebs), 6-11 jr. center Gorgui Dieng (9.6 pts, 9.8 rebs)
Noteworthy, Second game in just over 48 hours for both teams. … Huskies 2-1 vs. ranked teams this season. … Cardinals off to best overall start since 2003-04. … Series history: UConn trails, 7-6, losing last meeting, 80-59, last February in Louisville. Huskies 2-3 at home vs. Cards. … Louisville's 77.1 pts per game average its highest in seven years. … Cardinals second nationally in turnover margin (7.8). Rank third in steals (11.5). … Siva preseason Big East player-of-the-year. … Louisville owns most road wins in Big East (33) in last six years. … Hot: Olander scored career high in consecutive games and made 11 of 13 from field. Cold: Calhoun shooting 6-for-22 in last three games. … Boatright scored in double figures a team-high nine straight games.
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