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XL Cen­ter

Ari­zona 5-2, UConn 6-1


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


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.”

Chase Jeter isn’t just what many Mar­lins fans want to do to their new owner to get him out of town. It’s also the name of Ari­zona’s tal­ented, red­shirt ju­nior cen­ter. Jeter, who sat out last season af­ter trans­fer­ring from Duke, will present prob­lems for the Huskies’ big men.

“His length, and what their front­court guys do a great job of — po­si­tional de­fense, step­ping in and tak­ing charges,” said Hur­ley. “All our perime­ter guys have got to make sure we’re get­ting in the paint, land­ing, play­ing off two feet, be­cause they don’t re­ally chal­lenge as much at the front of the rim as they do position them­selves to take charges. That’ll be an ad­just­ment.”

UConn is 5-1 all-time against the Wild­cats. Even more im­pres­sive is the fact that in ev­ery past meet­ing, Ari­zona has been ranked.

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


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