Ohio State at No. 2 UConn

The Norwalk Hour - - SPORTS -

When: Sun­day, noon

Where: Gam­pel Pav­il­ion, Storrs

Records: Ohio State (1-1), UConn (36-1 in 2017-18)

TV: CBS Sports Net­work

Ra­dio: UConn/IMG Sports Net­work, 97-9 ESPN


Trad­ing places: Th­ese Buck­eyes look dif­fer­ent, dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent. The de­fend­ing Big 10 cham­pi­ons face the tall task of re­plac­ing all five starters, in­clud­ing All-Amer­i­can guard Kelsey Mitchell, the NCAA’s sec­ond all-time lead­ing scorer (3,402). While Kevin McGuff has at­tempted to patch­work the ros­ter by bring­ing in five grad­u­ate trans­fers, the early re­turns aren’t overly en­cour­ag­ing.

The Buck­eyes (1-1) have en­dured an in­aus­pi­cious start, los­ing Ashanti Ab­shaw, a three-time All-Hori­zon League guard from Cleve­land State, to a torn ACL in the pre­sea­son, and then drop­ping their sea­son opener to No. 22 USF, 71-47.

What does that mean for Sun­day? UConn as­sis­tant Shea Ralph — who helped fill in for Geno Auriemma dur­ing Fri­day’s prac­tice — ex­plained that it’s too early to glean much in­for­ma­tion from film on the new-look Buck­eyes.

“They do some things that are sim­i­lar [to last sea­son] but their per­son­nel is com­pletely dif­fer­ent,” Ralph said.

Room to grow: The Huskies are en­am­ored by what they’ve seen so far of­fen­sively from fresh­man guard Christyn Wil­liams, es­pe­cially the way she at­tacks the bas­ket. Wil­liams, the top-ranked player in the Class of 2018, fin­ished with 10 points and five re­bounds in the ex­hi­bi­tion game against Van­guard, and is slated to start again on Sun­day.

“She has an in­cred­i­ble amount of talent,” Ralph said. “She’s

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