Connecticut 6 game capsules
(All games Saturday at University of Hartford)
Quinnipiac vs. Hartford
TIME: 3 p.m. (SNY)
SERIES/LAST MEETING: QU leads 15-5; QU won 70-61 in 2011.
ALL-STARS: QU -- F Ike Azotam, 6-7, Jr. (15.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 32 blocks); H -- F Mark Nwakamma, 6-6, Soph. (9.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg).
KEEP AN EYE ON: QU -- G Zaid Heart, 6-4, Soph. (7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg); H -- F Nate Sikma, 6-6, Soph. (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg).
SKINNY: The Bobcats were picked to finish fourth in the NEC and Hartford was chosen seventh in the America East. ¦ QU has averaged 21 wins over the last three seasons. ¦ The Bobcats led the nation in offensive boards (16.7 pg) in 2011-12. ¦ Freshmen accounted for 60 percent of Hartford's scoring last season. ¦ Sikma is the son of seven-time NBA all-star Jack Sikma.
Yale vs. Sacred Heart
TIME: 5:30 p.m. (SNY)
SERIES/LAST MEETING: Yale leads 7-4; Yale won 73-71 in 2011.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Y -- C-F Jeremiah Kreisberg, 6-10, Jr. (7.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg); SHU -- F Louis Montes, 6-4 R-Jr. (7.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg).
SKINNY: Yale and SHU were each picked sixth in the preseason polls of the Ivy League and Northeast Conference, respectively. ¦ In five of last seven years, Yale has finished higher than projected and also has finished fourth or better 12 straight years. ¦ SHU made its return to the NEC tournament last season after a two-year absence.
Fairfield vs. Central Connecticut State
TIME: 8 p.m. (WICC, SNY on tape delay at 10 p.m.)
SERIES/LAST MEETING: Fairfield leads 19-4 (including games vs. New Britain State); Fairfield won 67-58 in 2009.
ALL-STARS: F -- G Derek Needham, 5-11, Sr. (11.8 ppg, 3.4 apg); CCSU -- G Kyle Vinales, 6-1, Soph. (17.9 ppg, 38.6 percent from 3s).
SKINNY: The MAAC has yet to release its preseason poll; CCSU was chosen eighth in the NEC. ¦ Needham, who missed the final eight games last season with a foot injury, is a preseason MAAC first-teamer. ¦ Vinales was the NEC's top rookie last season. ¦ Dickenman and the Blue Devils beat Johnson's Princeton Tigers 67-56 in 2008. ¦ Fairfield has won 20-plus games three straight seasons.
-- WILLIAM S. PAXTON