Location: XL Center, Hartford.
Tip-off time: 7 p.m. (ESPN).
Records: Cincinnati 19-7, 7-6; UConn 17-7, 7-5.
Last game: Cincinnati lost to No. 15 Georgetown, 62-55, Friday; UConn lost to Villanova, 70-61, Saturday.
Probable starters: UConn, 6-1 jr. guard Shabazz Napier (16.3 pts. 4.2 rebs, 4.7 assists), 6-0 so. guard Ryan Boatright (15.4 pts, 4.2 assists), 6-5 fr. guard Omar Calhoun (11.5 pts, 3.6 rebs), 6-8 so. forward DeAndre Daniels (10.7 pts, 4.9 rebs), 6-9 jr. forward Tyler Olander (4.5 pts, 3.8 rebs).
Cincinnati, 6-0 sr. guard Cashmere Wright (13.3 pts, 3.4 assists), 6-4 jr. guard Sean Kilpatrick (18.0 pts, 5.4 rebs), 6-3 sr. guard JaQuon Parker (10.9 pts, 4.8 rebs), 6-8 jr. forward Justin Jackson (4.2 pts, 5.4 rebs), 6-10 sr. center Cheikh Mbodj (5.2 pts, 4.7 rebs, 2.5 blks).
Noteworthy: First of two meetings between teams. Rematch is March 2 in Cincy. ... Bearcats lost three of four. ... Series: UConn leads 7-3, losing last meeting 70-67 last season at Gampel Pavilion on Kilpatrick's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left. ... Wright recently became Cincy's all-time steals leader. ? Top reserve: forward Titus Rubles (6.2 pts, 5.8 rebs). ... Hot: Kilpatrick averaging 19.6 points and 5.1 rebs in last seven games. Cold: UConn's last two foes grabbed 20 offensive rebounds apiece. ... In BE games, Bearcats 3rd in rebound margin (plus-4) and scoring defense (59.6), 2nd in blocks (5.69). ... UConn second in 3-point field goal percentage (36.6), scoring (70.5) and FT percentage (75.3). ... Final home game at XL Center this season. Huskies are 6-2 there. ... Up next: UConn visits DePaul on Saturday.
- Gavin Keefe
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