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UConn men's game day: Thursday vs. Cincinnati

Updated 12:25 am, Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Game day

Cincinnati at UConn men

WHEN: Tonight, 7

WHERE: XL Center, Hartford

RECORDS: Cincinnati 19-7, 7-6 Big East; UConn 17-7, 7-5)

ON THE AIR: ESPN (John Saunders, Seth Greenberg, Andy Katz); WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)

UP NEXT: Saturday at DePaul, 8 (SNY)

CINCINNATI

Cashmere Wright, G, 6-0 R-Sr.: 13.3 ppg, 3.4 apg

JaQuon Parker, G, 6-3 Sr.: 10.9 ppg, 4.8

Sean Kilpatrick, G, 6-4 Sr.: 19.6 ppg, 27 3-point FG in past 8 games

Justin Jackson, F, 6-8 Jr.: 1.4 blocks in 19.1 mins

Cheikh Mbodj, C, 6-10 Sr.: 5.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.5 bpg

Titus Rubles, F, 6-7 Jr.: Team-high 5.8 rpg in 21.3 mpg

Jermaine Sanders, F, 6-5 So.: 3.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg

David Nyarsuk, C, 7-1 Jr.: 3 ppg, 1 bpg

Shaquille Thomas, F, 6-7 Fr.: 2.7 ppg

UCONN

Shabazz Napier, G, 6-0 Jr..: 1-8 FG vs. Villanova

Ryan Boatright, G, 5-10 So.: 4 pts, 1 assist, 5 TO vs. Villanova

Omar Calhoun, G, 6-5 Fr.: Big East Rookie of Week after 15.5 ppg, 6 rpg

DeAndre Daniels, F, 6-8 So.: Team-high 4.9 rpg

Tyler Olander, F, 6-9 Jr.: 3.8 rpg in 22.2 mpg

Niels Giffey, F, 6-7 Jr.: 11 pts vs. Villanova

R.J. Evans, G, 6-3 R-Sr.: 3 pts in 12 mins vs. Villanova

Phil Nolan, F, 6-9 Fr.: 1 reb in 5 mins vs. Villanova

Leon Tolksdorf, F, 6-8 Fr.: Career-high 6 pts vs. Villanova

STORY LINES

CHEIKH IT OUT: The Bearcats are one of three Big East teams that rank in the top 10 nationally for blocked shots. Cincinnati, which swats 6.4 per game, has a few long big men, including 6-foot-10 center Cheikh Mbodj. "We have to use our pump fakes and we just have to take it to the rim," coach Kevin Ollie said. "If they're blocking shots, that gives us the opportunity for offensive rebounds. We have to take it to the rim, take it with power, make sure we don't go ball-first and make sure we go body-first."

LET HIM LAUNCH: Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick is second in the Big East in 3-pointers per game (2.62), but he converts on just 32.9 percent of his attempts.

THE AWARD WATCH: No one plays for individual awards, but since there is no postseason, it's interesting to keep tabs on the potential regular-season hardware the Huskies can claim. Kevin Ollie is still very much alive in the Big East coach of the year race, and Shabazz Napier has a shot -- albeit an outside one -- at the league's player of the year.

-- KEVIN DUFFY