TV: ESPNU (Beth Mowins, Tim Welsh)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: UConn, 43-28
Last meeting: UConn 82-79 (OT) Jan. 31 at Providence
Streaks: Providence, W3; UConn, L3
Providence (17-12, 9-8)
t 3 KRIS DUNN, G, 6-3, Fr., 5.2 ppg. – New London alum averaging 26.9 minutes
t 10 KADEEM BATTS, F, 6-10, Jr., 15.2 – Had 27 points, 12 rebounds vs. Seton Hall
t 23 LaDONTAE HENTON, F, 6-6, Jr., 13.5 – Team's leading rebounder, 8.3 a game
t 32 VINCENT COUNCIL, G, 6-2, Sr., 10.2 – All-time career assists leader in Big East play (449)
t 4 JOSH FORTUNE, G, 6-5, So., 5.9 – Friars' top scorer off the bench
UConn (19-10, 9-8)
t 13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Jr., 17.1 ppg. – Missed last two games with foot injury
t 11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, So., 15.9 – Is 12-for-41 from floor the last three games
t 21 OMAR CALHOUN, G/F, 6-5, Fr., 10.7 – Is 2-for-21 from floor the past two games
t 2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 6-8, So., 10.7 – Has two double-doubles in last three games
t 0 PHIL NOLAN, C, 6-9, Fr., 1.4 – Only healthy center left on UConn roster
t 12 R.J. EVANS, G, 6-3, GS, 3.0 – Starts at guard if Napier can't go
What To Watch
Out of the Friar pan ... : Providence is in the midst of a dramatic second-half turnaround. After starting the Big East season 2-7, they have won seven of the past eight games to vault into the NCAA Tournament picture.
... And into the ire: Providence lost in OT to UConn at home on Jan. 21, a game in which they outrebounded the Huskies, 55-24. They were smarting after that game and figure to come into this game with a lot of angst.
Banged up: With Niels Giffey (finger) and Tyler Olander (foot) out, the Huskies need whatever they can get from Calhoun (wrist) and Napier (foot). Any serious foul trouble will force Kevin Ollie to play walk-ons for significant minutes.
Emotional day: Fans on the Internet have been talking about giving UConn a standing ovation at the end of the game, in appreciation for their efforts this season. Gampel will be sold out, or very close to it, and it should be an emotional home crowd for the Huskies.
Daniels and Batts: Daniels has 65 points and 28 rebounds in the past three games and has become the focal point of UConn's offense. Batts has had a similar late-season surge for Providence. They could be matched up a lot.
Senior day: Evans and walk-ons Keifer Lammi, Dave Vandal and Trey James will be honored in ceremonies before their final game.
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