New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - COLLEGES -

When: Sun­day, 1 p.m.

Where: XL Cen­ter

Records: Ari­zona 5-2, UConn 6-1


Ra­dio: UConn/IMG Sports Net­work, WAVZ-New Haven (1300 AM), 97.9 FM-ESPN Hart­ford


Jalen’s jellin’: Jalen Adams is lead­ing the Huskies in scor­ing, and do­ing so ef­fi­ciently. He’s shoot­ing at an im­pres­sive 56.5 per­cent, largely on mid-range jumpers and tran­si­tion layups. His 3-point shoot­ing isn’t great (32.1 per­cent, in­clud­ing 1-for-8 the past three games), but Adams is freer and eas­ier on of­fense, thanks in no small part to more weapons around him — par­tic­u­larly point guard Al­terique Gil­bert.

“With Al­terique com­ing back, the whole de­fense isn’t watch­ing me take the ball up the court,” Adams noted. “I can get off the ball a lit­tle bit, Al­terique can maybe score or just set the of­fense up and it’s me com­ing from out the cor­ner to score. It’s just a whole dif­fer­ent at­tack for our team. It gives ev­ery­body more free­dom and more wig­gle room to cre­ate.”

Rais­ing Ari­zona: UConn is 5-1 all-time against the Wild­cats. Even more im­pres­sive is the fact that in ev­ery past meet­ing, Ari­zona has been ranked. On Dec. 2, 1999, No. 6 UConn de­feated No. 2 Ari­zona, 78-69 in Chicago. A year later, the 15th-ranked Huskies topped No. 5 ‘Zona in Gam­pel. On Jan. 26, 2002, No. 25 UConn edged the 10th-ranked Wild­cats 10098 in Tuc­son. In the 2011 Elite Eight, UConn held off Ari­zona at the Honda Cen­ter in Anaheim, Cal­i­for­nia. Ari­zona fi­nally got its first win of the se­ries last Dec. 21 in Tuc­son, when the 18thranked Wild­cats beat un­ranked UConn, 73-58.

This year’s matchup will be the first time that nei­ther team is ranked.


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